Ok people, i know i know i had two other recipes to do first but tonight i made chakchouka which is basically a vegetable ragou.
A bouquet of Chard
a few stocks of green onions
Half a butternut squash
2 medium carrots
1 medium onion
1 small can of chickpeas already cooked
1 bouquet of parsley
1 green bell pepper
1 green long pepper (its kinda like an jalapeno and a chili pepper dont know the name, maybe Mirasol pepper? but you can use anything)
2 stalks of celery
salt and pepper
tabel ( which i think is coriander powder)
Start preperation by cutting up all veggies( my husband likes everything medium sized but for a rustic feel cut larger pieces). I would cut the squash and patotes bigger because they tend to become soft and smaller when cooked. Divide into two groups: patatoes and squash in one group and the rest in the other (except chick peas leave for the end).
In your pot: olive oil and fry everything except the patatoes and squash. Once really well wilted, onions are sweaty and everything smells amazing, season with salt and pepper.
Add a generous tablespoon (the one you eat with) of tomato paste. Fry the whole again, making sure nothing is sticking, usually about 4 minutes. Add patatoes and squash. Cover with water.
Now here is my secret. My husband is against it but i don't care, i think makes everything taste better. Chicken base, yes i found some halal, hamduleh. I put one cube secretly, because if he sees it he will say " My mother never uses chicken base she only uses fresh chicken" or worse "There is no chicken in chakchouka" etc etc.
Taste broth, add salt and pepper to taste. Half a teaspoon (the one you eat with ) of paprika or more depending on your threashold of pain. Half a table spoon of tabel.
Let it all cook until it becomes amazing. Usually lid half on so some evaporation occurs and it thickens. Add chickpeas at the end to warm them up.
...lol....my husband is still in Tunis ...but ....keeps talking to me about cooking him cous cous, lablabi etc ....loll! I say ... well i love to cook and we can do this together when he comes over! Just wondered if this something you "were asked to do"... and have any of you done the tunisian dishes...i am sure you have