Butternut Squash and Split Pea Tagine

Keifer Derrin of food blog DonkeyFodder.com shares his recipe for this easy to make tagine inspired by Australian Woman’s Weekly Moroccan and the foods of North Africa.

I was a vegetarian for over 12 years, but could not resist roast chicken and ended up eating meat again. However I decided it was time to start eating more vegetarian meals. So I was scanning through some books and came across one that very much appealed to me. It was a dish called pumpkin and split pea tagine. It had some of my favourite spices and I just love split peas. My only concern is that pumpkin is not in season and wondered what I could use instead. So, after a bit of thought I realised I could use butternut squash. Unfortunately there was another problem; I am not a fan of butternut squash, but hey, I like the dish and so thought why not try it out and see how it goes. Guess what, it was great but then it was a recipe from Australian Woman’s Weekly. Try it out and see what you think.


200g green or yellow split peas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon of ground allspice
1kg butternut squash
400g tinned tomatoes
250ml water
250ml vegetable stock
2 tablespoons of honey
200g green beans trimmed and chopped coarsely
large handful of roughly chopped coriander


1. Cook the split peas in boiling water until just tender, rinse under cold water and drain. IMPORTANT – read package label as they might need to be soaked overnight.

2. Meanwhile heat oil in large saucepan, cook onion stirring until softened.

3. Add garlic and spices, cook, stirring for about 2 minutes or until fragrant.

4. Add butternut squash, stir it in and coat in the spice mixture.

5. Stir in the tomatoes, water and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for about 40 minutes or until just tender.

6. Stir in the honey, green beans and split peas. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes or until beans are just tender. Remove from heat and stir in coriander.

7. Serve with lemon and coriander couscous.


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About Keifer Derrin

Having worked in IT for over 20 years, Keifer Derrin quit his job to do something new. Not claiming to be a Gordon, Heston or even a Delia, Keifer’s passion for all kinds of food includes trying out new recipes whether they take 10 minutes or 8 hours to prepare. He also enjoys eating out - anything from The Ledbury to Pizza Express and even a local greasy spoon! Keifer also does voluntary work for the Food Chain, a charity that supplies food, meals & nutritional education to people who are HIV+. Check out his food blog at www.donkeyfodder.com
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