This North African dish is named after the earthenware pot it is traditionally cooked in. I have used Chicken which is simmered with the traditional flavours of sweet spices and vegetables. A Typical Moroccan style dish would use beef which has always been their staple diet with sweet spices & dried fruit. I used my heavy Cast Iron Pot for this, which is great for slow cooking and low temperatures.
If you have read through some of my other recipes, you’ll see that I love One Pot Cooking, it is simple and good for batch cooking if you prepare meals ahead of the week. It also means less dishes to wash…lol!
2 Chicken Breasts – but into big chunks
2 Carrots – chopped
1 Tsp Saffron
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
200g Tin Broad Beans or Butter Beans (you can even use Chickpeas)
50g Dates (Optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Fresh Coriander – Chopped
Fresh Parsley – Chopped
Preheat a little oil in the pot on medium to high heat and brown the chicken.
Peel and chop 3 shallots into rings and 3 into quarters. Add into the pan with the carrots, butter and brown gently.
Pour in 400ml of cold water, just enough to cover the chicken, bring to the boil slowly and reduce to a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes.
Add in the saffron, ginger, paprika, dates(if using) and beans to the chicken pot, stir and put the lid back on, continue to simmer for a further 30 minutes. Season with Salt & Pepper.
Serve and garnish with some chopped coriander and parsley. For a more filling dish you can also serve with some couscous.
It was snowing outside and got down to -2 deg here at home in central Scotland and I was desperate for some warm home cooked Sunday Food (by Sunday food, I mean Hearty). I had sausages, winter veg and some harissa paste I needed to use, so this was my Sunday Meal and it didn’t half warm me up too. Happy Sunday!
The thing I loved about this was, it is a 1 pot wonder, chuck everything in 1 pot and cook, not only is it easier but it saves my boyfriend on the washing up…lol! We have a nice little agreement, I cook, he cleans……think I got the better deal! lol!
5 Scottish Beef Sausages (I used Beef, but you could use pork also if preferred)
1/2 White onion – sliced into wedges
1/2 Red onion – sliced into wedges
1 Parsnip – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)
2 Carrots – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)
1 Medium Sweet Potato – peeled and cut into cubes about 2cm sq.
1 Clove Garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp harissa paste
3/4 pint hot vegetable stock
250g Tin of Chickpeas
250g Tin Tomatoes
Black pepper to season
Fresh Coriander to serve
Firstly prepare your vegetables.
Heat oil in a pan and brown the sausages then place to the side.
In the remaining oil fry the onions until browned and soft.
Add in the garlic, tomato puree and harissa paste and cook for about 1 min.
Add in the sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrots and sausages, pour over the stock and season. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Add in tin tomatoes and chickpeas and warm through for about 5 minutes
Remove from heat and plate up, sprinkling some chopped coriander on top.