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Moroccan Chickpea Stew

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The Moroccan Chickpea Stew is more than just a flavourful and satisfying dinner choice—it’s a powerhouse of nutritional benefits. Designed to delight the taste buds and warm the soul, this stew is perfect for those unexpected chilly spring nights. The array of ingredients, from red onions and garlic to Kumara (sweet potato), cumin seeds, chilli powder, turmeric, paprika, ground cinnamon, fresh thyme, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, spinach, raisins, and black pepper, creates a harmonious fusion of flavours and health-promoting elements.

Starting with red onions and garlic, these aromatic ingredients not only enhance the stew’s taste but also provide a boost to the immune system. They contain compounds that are known for their antibacterial and antiviral properties, ideal for fighting off those pesky seasonal bugs.

Adding Kumara, rich in vitamins, fibre, and antioxidants, contributes to the stew’s heartiness. Their vibrant orange colour signifies their high beta-carotene content, which is converted into vitamin A, essential for good vision and overall immune function.

Spices like cumin, chilli powder, turmeric, paprika, and ground cinnamon not only infuse the stew with a depth of flavour but also offer an array of health benefits. Turmeric, with its active component curcumin, is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, while cumin and chilli powder may aid in digestion and metabolism.

Fresh thyme, a herb known for its antioxidant properties, complements the dish while contributing to potential health benefits. It may have antimicrobial effects and help support overall health.

Chickpeas, the heart of this stew, are a fantastic source of plant-based protein, fibre, and several essential vitamins and minerals. They can assist in weight management, improve digestion, and support heart health.

Spinach, another nutritional gem, boosts vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, which is crucial for energy production and overall vitality. Raisins not only offer a touch of sweetness but also provide a dose of antioxidants and fibre.

Black pepper, the final touch, not only elevates the taste but also aids in nutrient absorption, explicitly enhancing the benefits of turmeric.

Enjoy its comforting warmth while knowing you’re nourishing your body with abundant, wholesome elements.

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Catherine BarclayCatherine Barclay
Embrace a burst of flavours with Moroccan Chickpea Stew, a balanced and vibrant dinner choice. Ideal for chilly spring nights, this hearty dish blends red onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, and a medley of spices like cumin, chilli powder, turmeric, paprika, and cinnamon alongside fresh thyme, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, chopped spinach, and raisins. Perfectly seasoned with black pepper, this stew offers a warm and fulfilling experience, a delightful remedy for those unexpected cold evenings.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 red onions diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large kumara (sweet potato) peeled and cubed
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 cans chickpeas drained
  • 2 cans crushed tomato
  • 2 bunches large spinach leaves roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • black pepper to release the turmeric

Instructions
 

  • Ground the cumin seeds in a coffee grinder or a pestle and mortar.
  • Heat a stockpot on medium heat.
  • Add in the onions and garlic, constantly stirring until the onion is translucent. Add a little water if needed.
  • Then, add in the spices and stir through.
  • Next, add in the thyme, pulling the leaves from their sprigs.
  • Add in the Kumara and the drained chickpeas. Stir well
  • Add in the tomatoes, and then use one of the cans to add in three cans of water.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the spinach to the stew along with the raisins.
  • Transfer 3 cups of the stew into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the blend back into the stew and stir through. Or use a stick blender to blend some of the mix still leaving chunks.
  • Serve with garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 8gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 314mgPotassium: 1429mgFiber: 10gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 19680IUVitamin C: 52mgCalcium: 221mgIron: 7mg
Keyword casserole, moroccan, stew, vegan, wfpb
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Catherine Barclay
Catherine Barclay
Normally you might find me behind the coding of our sites but over the years I have become much more concerned about what has been happening in the kitchen as well - families do that for all of us don't they? Background experience is in Account Management and Web Development but as my passion has grown for WFPB so has my desire to speak out.
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