Venison, Chickpea & Pumpkin Tagine

This tagine can be either made on the hob or in a slow-cooker. The venison can be swapped for beef if you prefer, and the pumpkin can be replaced with butternut squash. The apricots give sweetness, balancing out the spices and the flaked almonds add texture. You do need to allow time for this dish to cook, so that the pumpkin breaks down and becomes soft and absorbs all the flavour. This is why it is best to use a slightly fattier cut of meat so that it doesn’t become dry. If you are making it in the slow-cooker, prepare it in the morning and leave it on low all day. You can either prepare the couscous separately or add it to the tagine with around 10 minutes left to cook. If you do it this way you will need to ensure there is still enough fluid in the tagine for the couscous to swell up. Its a warming, filling meal, perfect on cold, miserable, autumnal days.

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Venison, Chickpea & Pumpkin Tagine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
To prepare:
  1. Peel and dice the onion.
  2. Scrape out the seeds from the pumpkin and slice the flesh away from the skin.
  3. Cut the pumpkin flesh in to bite sized pieces.
  4. Add the onion and pumpkin to a large lidded pan with the rapeseed oil.
  5. Peel and grate the garlic and ginger.
  6. Thinly slice the chilli.
  7. Make up the stock.
  8. Cut the dried apricots in to quarters.
  9. Have all the other ingredients to hand.
To cook:
  1. Heat the pan over a medium heat and fry the onion and pumpkin for 3 minutes, stirring regularly.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger to the pan and continue to fry for a couple more minutes.
  3. Sprinkle in all the other spices and continue to fry for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the diced venison to the pan and lower the heat.
  5. Pour in the stock, lemon juice, chickpeas and apricots and stir well.
  6. Shred the fresh coriander and sprinkle it in.
  7. Cover the pan and leave to gently simmer for around 1 hour.
  8. With 10 minutes left to cook on the tagine, check the fluid level and if its looking a little dry, add a splash more water.
  9. Add the couscous to the pan and return the lid.
  10. Heat a small, dry frying pan on the hob and add the flaked almonds. Toast for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Once the couscous is cooked, remove the tagine from the heat and serve.
  12. To finish the dish, sprinkle over the toasted flaked almonds and enjoy.
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If you make this, let me know how it goes and share your photos.  I’d also love to hear how you adapt it to suit yourself.

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