Lemon & mint aubergine tagine with almond couscous

Lemon & mint aubergine tagine with almond couscous

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

This Moroccan-inspired vegetarian stew is filled with all the delicious aromatics of North Africa. Serve on nutty couscous with mint and garlic yogurt

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal361
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre9g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200ml reduced-salt vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 350g baby aubergine, trimmed and slit a couple of times



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 2 strips lemon zest, finely chopped
  • 390g can butter bean, drained
  • 175g wholemeal couscous



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

  • 40g toasted flaked almond
  • 150g pot 0% fat probiotic natural yogurt, mixed with ½ crushed garlic clove and 2 tbsp chopped mint, plus leaves to garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and fry the onion and garlic for 5 mins. Stir in the harissa, cumin and cinnamon, cook briefly, then tip in the stock and tomatoes.

  2. Add the aubergines and lemon, then cover the pan and cook gently for 15-20 mins until the aubergines are meltingly tender. Add the butter beans and warm through.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the couscous following pack instructions, then stir in the almonds. Serve the aubergine tagine on the couscous with the yogurt drizzled over, and garnish with mint leaves, if you like.

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Lur Ag
25th Apr, 2020
I tripled the amount of spices and garlic and it turned out great!
8th Apr, 2020
Almond couscous is great but I’d agree with others that this is a little bland. I added more lemon zest and some chopped olives and that pepped it up a bit.
9th Mar, 2020
Not a hit in our house unfortunately. Aubergine tagine was OK but a little watery and underwhelming. The couscous was very bland and needed more flavouring. Still on the hunt for a good vegetable tagine recipe.
29th Apr, 2019
Gorgeous recipe. This is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes. The butter beans makes it a nice and filling meal. Used normal sized aubergines and cut them smaller but follow the rest of the recipe. Also great for freezing and reheating, just gotta remember to make the yogurt mint sauce as a side as that really completes the dish.
28th Apr, 2019
Absolutely delicious! Such a quick and easy tagline dish to throw together. I used ground cumin and chickpeas in this recipe (in place of the cumin seeds and butter beans) and they worked really well. The yoghurt at the end balanced the spice well. I sprinkled some chopped almonds on top rather than through the couscous. Will be making again.
28th Feb, 2017
Absolutely delicious. I put the stew in the oven for 15 min at the end. The spices got well blended with the aubergine and the beans.
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27th Feb, 2015
Very good. Substituted sweet potato for the butter beans and added some prunes. Brill!
chickens82's picture
19th Apr, 2014
Delicious! Made with chickpeas and full size aubergine. Allergic to nuts so omitted those but otherwise I made to recipe and loved it. The yoghurt is a must!
Frantic Flapjack
10th Apr, 2014
I wasn't expecting much from this but it was really lovely. I used a large aubergine cut into cubes (cheaper than baby ones). Lovely texture and fresh tasting. Go easy on the harissa though as it's very spicy and could spoil the dish if too much is used.
13th Feb, 2014
Really nice, healthy recipe. I used slightly less harissa too, and a medium aubergine as I couldn't find baby ones. I also added some sweetcorn. The toasted flaked almonds were lovely on top and I was glad to cook couscous as I usually avoid it and it really is so easy!


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Jasmin Winter
29th Apr, 2020
Does the nutritional information include the couscous?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
29th Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the cookery team here! yes it does include the couscous. Thanks for your question!
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