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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.342 – Braised squash with chickpeas and harissa

    Posted on November 20th, 2016 Janet No comments

    Don’t be put off by the rather long list of ingredients, the result is very tasty.  I was a bit dubious about the dried apricots and was pleased to be proved wrong.  I have given you Frank, my husband’s, version of Yotam Ottolenghi’s original recipe.  We didn’t have preserved lemon skin so Frank substituted grated lemon zest and the juice of half a lemon.

    Serves 4p1070889

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: 45 minutes

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    2-3 banana shallots, peeled and chopped
    1 garlic clove, peeled and thinly sliced
    1 tsp ground cumin
    4 whole cardamom pods, crushed to release the seeds, pods discarded
    salt and black pepper
    2 1/2 Tbsp harissa paste
    1/2 tsp rose water
    500 ml vegetable stock
    1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 4 cm dice
    400 g tinned, cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    7 dried apricots, thinly sliced
    20 g preserved lemon skin, roughly chopped
    10 g coriander leaves, roughly chopped
    150 g Greek yoghurt

    In a large saute pan for which you have a lid, heat the oil on a medium-high flame.  Add the shallots and fry for 7-8 minutes, stirring every so often, until soft and caramelised, then stir in the garlic, spices, half a teaspoon of salt and plenty of pepper, and fry for 2 minutes longer.

    Add the harissa, rose water and stock, bring to a boil, then add the chickpeas, apricots and lemon and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. Add the squash and simmer until the squash is tender, adding a little more water if necessary.  Sprinkle with the coriander and serve with some yoghurt alongside.

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