You could get a bit more involved with this pilaf, cooking a vast amount of onion for a long time and adding all sorts of spices, fruit and herbs. The result would be delicious and worth the effort, if the timing's right, but if it's 9pm on a Monday evening you're not going to be in the mood for that, so this is a pared-down version.
For the tagine:
½ onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
1 tsp ras el hanout
Salt and pepper
1 aubergine, cut into 2.5cm dice
200g chopped tomatoes (tinned are fine)
For the bulgar pilaf:
½ onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cinnamon
100g bulgar wheat
200ml chicken or vegetable stock
2 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp flaked almonds or 1 tbsp pine nuts (optional)
Small handful of fresh coriander
For the tagine, heat a splash of oil in a saucepan and gently cook the onion and garlic until soft. Add the ras el hanout along with a good pinch of salt and a twist of pepper, and cook over a medium heat for one minute, stirring continuously. Add the aubergine and tomatoes, and about 150ml water, stir to combine, then cover and cook for 15 minutes, until the aubergine is soft. Leave to cool. Cover and store in the fridge for up to five days.
For the pilaf, heat a splash of oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion until soft and lightly browned. Stir in the spices and cook for a further minute, then add the bulgar wheat and stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over the lowest heat for 15 minutes. Keeping the lid on, remove from the heat and leave to stand for five minutes. Stir through the raisins and almonds or pine nuts, if using. Cool, then cover and store in the fridge for up to five days.
Serve with the yoghurt and coriander.
• From Love Your Lunchbox by James Ramsden.
Aubergine tagine with bulgar wheat pilaf. Photograph: Love Your Lunchbox\