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This quick and easy okra and chickpea stew is full of Moroccan flavors. The name “tagine” refers to the two-part, cone-shaped casserole dish in which countless slow-cooked Moroccan dishes are prepared. You don't need to prepare this in a tagine dish--it works well in a large saucepan--but if you have one, here's a chance to use it.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008

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Recipe Summary

total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add okra and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the okra with a slotted spoon to the ice water. Drain.

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  • Tie cilantro sprigs together with kitchen string.

  • Heat oil in a tagine dish set over a heat diffuser or a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper. Cook, stirring, until soft, 2 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

  • Add onion, garlic, ginger and pepper to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the onion is soft, 3 to 6 minutes. Mix in tomatoes, broth, cumin, the okra, cilantro sprigs and half the bell pepper. Reduce heat to medium; partially cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the okra is soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in chickpeas and salt; cook for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; discard the cilantro sprigs. Stir in harissa (or hot sauce). Serve sprinkled with the remaining bell pepper and cilantro leaves, if desired.

Tips

Equipment: Kitchen string

Ingredient note: Harissa is a fiery Tunisian chile paste commonly used in North African cooking. Find it at specialty-food stores, mustaphas.com or amazon.com. Harissa in a tube will be much hotter than that in a jar. You can substitute Chinese or Thai chile-garlic sauce for it.

Nutrition Facts

155 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 22.9g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 3.7g; fat 5.6g; saturated fat 0.8g; vitamin a iu 1479.7IU; vitamin c 51.1mg; folate 98.4mcg; calcium 93.4mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 67.3mg; potassium 474.9mg; sodium 482.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

1 starch, 2 vegetable, 2 fat

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