Manisha: La classe est pas intéressant sans toi. Je manque votre classe.
Amal: C’est trés gentil de ta part
Amal: Let me know if you all need any help with your lesson
Manisha: Yes we do have doubts and need your help
Amal: If you wish we can have sessions in my home.
Manisha: Ce sera parfait
And that’s how this interesting new way of learning French language and Tunisian food began. We used to sit together for hours discussing my lessons and talking about food, Tunisian and other cultures and about fashion a lot. Amal too is an enthusiastic cook, she loves trying out different cuisines. She being a Tunisian, not only cooked delicious Tunisian food but also many other different cusines. Thus, i got this opportunity to learn new cuisine along with french language.
My session at her place would always start with a cup of tunisian tea or a coffee of her style or turkish coffee, with something yummy to munch that she had cooked and had saved some for me too try out. More than being my French teacher, she is a lady with a golden heart, a great motivator and a fun-loving person. This had indeed made learning more fun.
To my knowledge TAGINE, which is a slow cooked dish mostly with lamb is a Moroccan delicacy, until i met Amal and got to know that there are different kinds of tagine preparation. Tagine is a popular and local dish of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, North Africa.
Tunisian tagine is very different from Moroccan tagine. This is an egg based dish into which , chunks of liver, chicken , lamb, veggies or even only veggies are added. Seasoned with some fresh herbs and spices; cheese, beans and bread crumbs are used to give a nice texture to the dish. Unlike the usual Moroccan tagine which stew based, this is meal on its own or more like ” Italian frittata”.
- 300 gm chicken breast cut into small chunks
- 1 medium potato cut into small cubes
- 2 tbsp of chopped carrots
- 1 medium onion roughly diced
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1-2 tbsp chopped parsley( chopped coriander can also be used substituting parsley)
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano and thyme
- 1 tsp paprika or harissa( optional)
- 1/2 tsp pepper powder
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 4-5 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 cup mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese
- Salt as per taste
- parmesan cheese for garnish
- Pre heat the oven in 180c -200c.
- Heat olive oil in a pan and saute the onion and garlic for a minute or two, then add the chicken, potatoes and carrots and cook over medium heat for another few mins until lightly golden and cooked through, season it with some salt, pepper and oregano. Turn off the heat and keep it aside.
- In a large bowl take four whole eggs, add baking powder, the seasoning and whisk until eggs are well combined.
- Add the fried chicken, veggies, bread crumbs, cheese( keep little aside for garnish), parsley, paprika. Mix all properly, then transfer into a greased baking dish and bake it for 30 minutes approx in a preheated oven at 180c.
- Once the top layer of the tagine turns golden, check it with a fork, if it comes out clean that means your tagine is done. Take it out and allow it to cool slightly. Now cut it into squares and serve with some nice green salads.