Infused with spices and full of flavour, this pumpkin tagine is comfort food you feel good about.

butternut-pumpkin-tagine-recipe

Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons water

1 onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground curry powder/garam masala

1 teaspoon ground coriander

¼ teaspoon chili powder

420g can low-sodium diced tomatoes (or 5 fresh tomatoes, diced)

1 tablespoon no-added-salt tomato paste

¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped

1 can brown lentils, drained and rinsed or 1 ¾ cups cooked brown lentils

600g butternut pumpkin, seeded and chopped into 2.5-centimeter pieces

1 tablespoon raisins/currants (optional)

1 tablespoon sliced almonds (optional)

Method

1. Heat water in a large saucepan, add the onion, and cook over low heat until soft and starting to brown (about 8–10 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds, then stir in the ground spices. Cook for 30 seconds, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and half the parsley and cilantro.

2. Add the lentils and chopped squash/pumpkin. Stir well, then cover and simmer for 20–25 minutes or until the squash is tender.

3. Sprinkle with remaining parsley and cilantro to serve. Top with raisins/currants and almonds (optional).

This recipe appears in the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Eat More recipe book.

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