Vegetarian tagine berber style

Cooking time: 10 min. / 30 min.Difficulty: easy


Morocco is not a paradise for vegetarians. So vegetarian tagine doesn`t belong to typical Moroccan dishes. But this doesn`t mean they do not exist at all. I was so lucky I bumped into a place they made it and it was a traditional berber style.


Put chopped onions at the bottom part of tajine, salt to taste, add black pepper, saffron and add green parsley. Fry 1-2 minutes.

Mix potato and carrot together. Half of the mix add into the tajine and mix with seasoned onions. Second half put on top of the onion/potato/carrot mix. Press a little bit. Salt to taste again, add black pepper, green parsley, put a few green olives on top and cover.

Saute on a medium heat 30 minutes.

Serve with Moroccan bread (khobz). 


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For tagine for 1-2 persons: 

  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp saffron or its synthetic substitute
  • handful green parsley chopped
  • 1 carrot without the middle part cut into tiny strips
  • 1 potato finely diced
  • 6 pickled green olives

For 8-10 portions:

For couscous:

  • 1 kg dry couscous
  • 4 tbs virgine olive oil
  • salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • couscoussier = double chambered steamer; the bottom part is for meat and vegetables, top is for steaming couscous

For meat and vegetable mix:

  • 1 kg beef cut on pieces
  • 2 carrots cut on longitudinal quarters, hard midsts removed
  • 1 courgette halved
  • 2 small aubergines cut on longitudinal qarters and peeled just partly (stripes)
  • 1 handful shelled large green beans 
  • 6 pcs turnips peeled and halved
  • 1 green bell pepper cut on stripes
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1/4 small pumpkin unpeeled hollowed out
  • 1 tsp ground red paprika
  • 1,5 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1,5 tsp ground cumin
  • 0,5 tsp ground saffron or turmeric
  • oil
  • salt
  • handful green parsley chopped
  • handful cilantro chopped
  • 1 green chili

Authentic tools needed:

  • tajine
  • Tagines sold in the streets of Morocco
  • Bunches of green parsley sold on the market in Morocco
  • Art and fun on Lgzhira beach in Morocco