Pumpkin, cranberry & red onion tagine

Pumpkin, cranberry & red onion tagine

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(45 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Comfort food without the calories, easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal449
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre6g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.93g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 red onion, thickly sliced
  • 3cm piece fresh root ginger, grated
  • 500g/1lb 2oz pumpkin or squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into large chunks



    Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…

  • 1 tsp each cinnamon, coriander, cumin and harissa paste



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 700g bottle tomato passata
  • 50g dried cranberries


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • 200g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 2 tsp vegetable stock granules
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 3 tbsp toasted flaked almonds


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    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • handful coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onions until lightly coloured. Add ginger, pumpkin and spices, stir, then add honey, passata and cranberries. Bring to the boil.

  2. Reduce the heat, cover, then simmer for 20 mins until the pumpkin is tender. After 10 mins, stir in the chickpeas. (If the mixture is a little thick, you can loosen it with some vegetable stock.)

  3. Meanwhile, tip the couscous, stock granules and lemon zest into a heatproof bowl. Pour over 300ml boiling water, stir briefly and cover with a plate. Leave for 5 mins. Tip in the lemon juice, almonds and remaining tbsp oil and fluff up with a fork. Scatter the coriander over the tagine and serve with the couscous.

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Comments (53)

billybobjenkins's picture

Just tried this recipe and it was delicious. The mixture of sweet and spicy really worked. I didn't have harissa paste but looked up a recipe for that and made that too! Will definitely make it next time when friends come round. I served it with some greek yoghurt on the side which complimented it well.

tanyac032002's picture

Lovely recipe. Used squash instead of pumpkin and replaced cranberries with sultanas. Added a handful of spinach leaves to sauce when cooked for extra goodness. Served with creme fraiche and mango chutney. Great comforting, mid-week meal

nikkibrooks's picture

Absolutely delicious!
I thought this might be a bit sweet with cranberries and honey but it wasn't and the lemon couscous with it was divine, i only used half the juice of a lemon as our lemons here in NZ are on the large side, have made this twice now, this only did two large portions and one sml but them me and my husband are big eaters!
Definitely make this again & again.

agacik's picture

my absolute favourite so far!!! so easy to make and sooooooooooo tasty!!!!!!!! love it! made it 3 times in the last 2 weeks!!! yummmm!

patstocks's picture

Had staunch veggies to dinner last night. It was scrumptious. They asked for the recipe. Really well worth the effort

agacik's picture

Absolutely fantastic!!! easy to make, cheap and sooooo tasty! Next time I will be making double portion to freeze! even my picky husband loved it!

teresadias's picture

Good dish. I omitted the lemon juice in the couscous as the lemon zest already provides enough acidity. I had to put salt in the tagine otherwise it would be too sweet. Also, the squash takes way longer than 20 minutes. Next time I will dice it smaller to cook faster.
All in all a very nice meal.

sandeepa06's picture

Made this for lunch today. didn't have passata so ended up using tomatoes from the fridge and some tomato paste. Very tomatoey and I quite liked the texture but my husband hated it :(

jogazelleark's picture

First day meal of a calorie controlled diet, this was filling and delicious and although not a vegetarian we do find it refreshing to fill up on some of the delicious recipes on this site. Had it 2 days on the trot and it was just as good warmed up the next day. Using this site alot now as it gives the calorie content of each dish.

susannahgrammar's picture

This is my new favourite - the flavours are sublime. I roasted the pumpkin beforehand to give it that special flavour and substituted white beans for the chickpeas, as my husband won't eat the latter.
Was great with both cous cous and basmati rice.

dukey88's picture

A fantastic warming comfort food without the calories. recommended

samanthak's picture

This recipe was a real hit with my brother and boyfriend despite them saying beforehand "what, we're not getting any meat"! Instead of just the squash I added 2 carrots and 2 sweet potatoes which bulked the dish up a bit. I swapped the passata for one tin of chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock as I didn't want it to be too tomatoey. I used nutmeg instead of cinnamon as I didn't have any and Ras El Hanout instead of Harissa as I couldn't find it but these changes made no difference as the overall flavour of all the spices was delicious. Will definitely make this again.

katherineevans's picture

Loved this.

I did simplify it by leaving out the cranberries and chick peas.

I find butternut squash generally tastier than pumpkin too, and it took 40 minutes to soften enough, but a truly scrumptious end result.

superfour's picture

Really tasty pumpkin recipe, but a bit sweet. I didn't bother with the almonds. Wish I'd made more and frozen it. I have never used harissa before, and reading the comments will probably just use chillis in future instead of having to find and buy harissa especially, as I dont think that it would make or break this recipe.

alabaster93's picture

really delicious! unusual mix of cinnamon, corriander and tomatoes made this dish absolutely unpredictable. while preparing it, I felt the aroma of the Xmas (although it's still 3 months until it!). I like the cranberries in this dish! They are just an ideal fulfillment of the spicy flavour of the meal:)
one remark: I diced the pumkpin instead of dividing it into such big chunks.

nicolastafford's picture

Absolutely lovely, used a bit of chilli powder instead of harissa paste and tin toms instead of passata but will definitely be making again. Also looks very impressive without too much hard work.

pamban's picture

I used butternut squash and loved this recipe. Everyone who has tried it has been very impressed and the couscous recipe I use all the time now as it is so scrumptious. Who says veggie food is bland?!

frozenpixie's picture

This was delicious and tasty, and the flavours complemented each other beautifully. I missed out the harissa and put in a tsp of chilli powder instead, but otherwise followed the recipe very closely. My mother and I both loved it, but my brother absolutely detested it. It was also very time-consuming dissecting my squash. Overall a very nice meal (in my opinion) but more effort than some simpler and just as tasty tagines I've made.

eleanormayo's picture

I made this recipe multiplied by 6 for a party and used cartons of sieved tomatoes instead of passata and forgot to buy fresh ginger, so resorted to ground. I was very popular, but I have to say a little too sweet for my taste.

prettykitty's picture

made this dish for our evening meal today. It was absolutely delicious. Used a cinnamon stick and substituted dried apricots for the cranberries. Usually make tagine with chicken but preferred the squash. Will certainly make again for the whole family.


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