almost tajine

fava bean and artichoke

Morocco is a beautiful country, so rich in colours and fragrances and with the deepest and blue skies I’ve ever seen.
Grabbing the chance of the fava bean season and of the end of artichoke’s, I joyfully cooked and eaten this almost tajine.
Nothing like food can bring back memories and feelings.

I guess I’ll visit Morocco once again, sooner or later…


For 3-4 servings:

3-4 artichoke hearts, cleaned and cut
1 ½ cup chopped potato
1 chopped zucchini
1 cup cleaned and peeled fresh fava beans
¼ cup pitted and chopped olives (black or green)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ tablespoons peeled and grated ginger
1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
3 tablespoons minced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon turmeric powder


Put oil, garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, parsley and cilantro into a capacious pan.
Cook at medium/low flame for a few minutes until onions are transparent.
Add fava beans, artichokes, potatoes, zucchini, olives and lemon.
Adjust with salt.
Add enough water to almost cover the vegetables.
Put a lid on the pan and raise the heat to boiling, then decrease the heat and cook for about ten minutes.
Remove the lid and keep on cooking, reducing the sauce until vegetables are tender.
Perfect with couscous, great with brown rice or quinoa.