Indy Power: Aubergine chickpea tagine – a big bowl of comfort

This aubergine chickpea tagine is the perfect winter warmer.

Aubergine chickpea tagine

This is a serious bowl of comfort. It’ll be ready in an hour and keep you warm for the rest of the night. Leftovers are heavenly and it’s good on its own or with something fluffy on the side.

Gluten-free, dairy-free & vegan

Serves 4


1 white onion

3 cloves of garlic

Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger

2 aubergines

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of cumin

2 tbsp of harissa

100g of dried apricots

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

250ml of stock

Juice of ½ lemon

1 tin of chickpeas


1. Dice the onion, mince the garlic and peel and grate the ginger. Chop the aubergines into 2-inch chunks.

2. Add the olive oil to a large pot on medium heat and add in the onions. Cook for a few minutes until starting to soften. Add the ginger, garlic and all of the spices. Toss them and let them sizzle for a minute or two to wake up the spices.

3. Stir in the harissa. Add the aubergines and toss well. Add a dash of water (about 2 tablespoons) to stop the bottom sticking and pop the lid on. Cook for about 5 minutes without lifting the lid. Halve the apricots and add them to the pot, followed by the chopped tomatoes and stock.

4. Juice half of the lemon and add it to the pot. Pop the lid back on and leave it to simmer for about 30 minutes. Then drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to the pot. Stir and continue to simmer with the lid on for another 15 minutes, until the aubergines are tender and melt in the mouth.

Tinned chickpeas are such a handy, cheap thing to have at the back of the cupboard for speedy, last-minute meals. It’s not just chickpeas that I love, I have many tins of lentils, black beans, butter beans etc that have saved me countless  times when I have an empty fridge. They’re tinned in water so they’re ready to use right away and cook quickly, with no soaking required. Stock up next time you’re shopping and thank yourself later when you think you have nothing to make for dinner. Tinned tomatoes and coconut milk are my other saviours.

Indy loves

If you’re looking for a Christmas present for someone who loves cooking, the brilliant Triggerfish Cookshop is a gorgeous shop in Blackrock (Co Dublin) that’s sure to have it all. They opened last year and have everything from everyday kitchen essentials to storage, cookbooks, beautiful tableware and they also offer cooking classes. They focus on quality and design and cater (pardon the pun!) to all levels of cooking enthusiast, from home cooks to professionals. This is the perfect place to grab some gadgets for stocking fillers or bigger gifts for under the tree, as well as any cookware and bakeware you might need yourself for Christmas dinner.

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