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Glow Foods: Bryant Terry’s Sweet Potato + Lima Bean Tagine

| November 1, 2014
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Recipe by: Bryant Terry from his book, Afro- Vegan
Tagine, a popular dish in North Africa, is named after the earthenware pot in which these stews are traditionally cooked. This is a simple version that combines ingredients from the American South with herbs and spices used in traditional North African cooking. Like most stews, this dish tastes even better after the flavors have melded overnight.
2cup dried lima beans, sorted and soaked in water overnight
1 (3-inch) piece of kombu

11teaspoons coarse sea salt

Scant 2 cups vegetable stock, homemade (page 42) or store-bought

Large pinch of saffron threads

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup finely diced yellow onion

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 12-inch cubes

1 teaspoon agave nectar

1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick

Freshly ground white pepper

1cup packed chopped cilantro

Drain the lima beans and rinse them well. Transfer to a medium saucepan and add the kombu and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer until just tender but still firm, 25 to 45 minutes. Check the beans often to ensure that they don’t overcook, skimming off any foam and discarding any floating skins. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the salt and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, remove the kombu, and rinse the beans under cold water.

Pour the stock into a medium bowl and crumble the saffron into it.

Warm the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and the remaining 1/teaspoon salt and sauté until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the stock. Add the sweet potatoes, agave nectar, and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Stir in the lima beans and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick. Season with white pepper and, if desired, more salt. Serve garnished with the cilantro and offer the harissa alongside.
This recipe is from Afro-Vegan. For more of Bryant Terry’s amazing recipes get your copy of his book: Afro- Vegan: Farm Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

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