In the past month I’ve made this Moroccan Chickpea Tagine in my solar cooker three times. Every time it has come out absolutely fantastic. In fact, I don’t think you can mess it up. I’ve cooked it for four hours and on another occasion it was six hours – every time it’s full of flavor and my taste testers have moo’d like cows – “mmmmmmmmmmmm”.
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Our first test with this recipe was in Bermuda. I had some carrots purchased from America that had to be used up and the rest of ingredients I had in the fridge and cupboard. It took a few minutes to get everything out on the counter and then a few more minutes to chop, mince, pour and measure out.
My husband, Simon, isn’t a fan of raisins in his dinner. I added them anyway. Interestingly, the raisins plump up and the sweetness reduces. In the end they are a welcome addition to the variety of awesome tastes.
And yes – Simon enjoyed the meal!
In addition to solar cooking the Moroccan Chickpea Tagine I used the extra pot in my Solavore Cooker to make some Jasmine Rice.
Never in my life have I had much luck cooking rice. I have depended on Uncle Ben’s boil-in-the-bag system for ages…but when you have more than a few people the bag thing isn’t enough.
I thought ‘what do I have to lose?’ so I followed the stovetop instructions for the rice regarding the amount of water and butter to add. I then put it in the solar cooker pot (that comes with the solar oven) and put it in the cooker with the tagine.
My family and I went out for the day sightseeing and when we returned to the boat, the smells wafting from our aft deck were amazing. I seriously couldn’t believe the aromas that were filling our noses as we tied our dingy to the back of the boat.
Solar Cooker Moroccan Chickpea Tagine
- ½ cup finely diced onions
- 3 cloves of garlic
- ¾ cup carrots sliced
- Can of chickpeas
- Can of diced tomatoes with juices
- ¼ cup of rasins
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cumin
- ¼ cayenne
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- juice of a lemon (to pour on right before serving)
Add all the ingredients into the pot except the lemon juice. Stir well. Put the pot in the solar cooker and leave for at least three hours. Remove from oven and test the carrots to ensure they’re cooked enough. When cooked, squeeze the lemon over the top and stir.
For the rice, follow the instructions on the packet of rice for water and butter. Put in the solar cooker and check after a few hours to see if the rice is cooked.
Serve the tagine over the rice and add a dollop of yogurt or sour cream as desired.
Solar Cooker Moroccan Chickpea Tagine Video
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We’ve only used a couple solar cookers now, but so far the Solavor Solar Cooker works best for us. The unit is heavy enough that it won’t blow off the boat. Sure, it’s big and bulky but you need something heavy on a boat. We just move it out of the way when we’re not using it. The cooker comes with the pots, the temperature gauge, reflector panels (when it’s cloudy) and a cookbook. All I needed to do is add the food!
Watch my very first experience with cooking with sunshine here: Solar cooker sweet potato bean tacos Recipe included!