Swiss Chard Tajine with Chick Peas and Raisins Recipe

An authentic Vegetarian Moroccan Tajine starring Swiss chard, dates,  chick peas and raisins.We Sephardis love to pair vegetables with fruit, both fresh and dried, in our cooking, the resulting flavors are so vibrant and assertive. With this ingredient lineup, you’ll never miss the meat.  This Swiss chard Tajine is a complete main course, and Gluten-Free to boot!


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced very thin
  • 2 bunches Rainbow Swiss chard, stems and leaves separated, each sliced very thin, leaves reserved
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Good pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups canned chick peas, rinsed
  • ½ cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted (10 minutes in a preheated 300 degree oven)


Heat the oil in a wide bottom pot. Add the onion and sliced Swiss chard stems, and sauté until soft and translucent. Add the spices and cook 1-2 more minutes, until fragrant. Add all but last ingredient, including the reserved leaves, and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium and cook, covered, 15 minutes. Transfer all vegetables to a platter with a slotted spoon. Check the liquid in the pot. If it is too thin, reduce on a high flame just a minute or two, until it is the consistency of maple syrup. Pour the sauce over the dish. Just before serving, sprinkle with almonds. Serve hot.


4 replies
  1. weed family
    weed family says:

    It would help to have a weight or visual of what a nice large bunch entails. The size of the bunches of chard, or leeks, or fennel from my CSA are very different than what I find at the market.

  2. Marcy Needle
    Marcy Needle says:

    Interested in your swiss chard tajine recipe, but would like clarification for the amount of swiss chard. How much is two bunches? I belong to a CSA so I don’t get a bunch, I get a certain amount measured by weight.


    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Get a nice large bunch, err on the side of a little more if in doubt. You should have no trouble figuring out what a nice size bunch is.

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