Borlotti Bean Tagine

Beautiful borlotti beans are here in all their pink mottled glory! We love them in this delicious summer tagine.

Serves 2

Ingredients: 10g ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 shallots, 1 small courgette, 3-4 chantenay carrots, 130g borlotti beans, 3-4 dried apricots, small bunch of coriander.

Larder: 1tsp cinnamon, 1tsp cumin powder, 1tsp honey, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, 150ml water, 120g couscous, oil, salt and pepper (optional extra: yoghurt).


  • Peel and dice the shallots, garlic and ginger.
  • Sauté the shallots, garlic and ginger in heavy bottomed saucepan for a few minutes until shallots are soft.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and cumin powder and cook for a minute.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes, water, pinch of salt and honey.
  • Chop the courgette and carrots into chunks and shell the borlotti beans, and then add to the saucepan.borlotti beans
  • Chop the dried apricots into quarters or eighths and add to the saucepan.
  • Season and simmer covered until the beans are soft (about 25 minutes). Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.tagine simmering
  • While tagine is cooking, make the couscous. Place couscous in a bowl and pour over an equal volume of water. Cover with a plate or cling film and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  • Serve the tagine with couscous and torn coriander on top and a dollop of yoghurt if desired.