February 28, 2009

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

I didn't know any other way of using up chickpeas other than making Channa Masala & other versions of the same, until I found this recipe that I have for you today.

Yes, its Moroccan Chickpea Stew this time, from my kitchen. I had really never ventured into Moroccan cuisine. After doing a little research on what Moroccan cuisine is all about, Iam more than happy to include it in my ever- growing palette for, I found a lot of vegetarian recipes out there.

Moroccan cuisine is diverse & exotic, thanks to the long history of invasions which has contributed to the diversity of food traditions. It carries distinct tastes from the north, south but, most significantly from the East ..


This particular stew is not only enriched with proteins, but also had the goodness of various veggies & is rather filling & soothing on your stomach. It is rather easy to put this together, if you have all the veggies at hand.

This is how I made it:

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup chickpeas - soaked overnight or for 5-6 hours ( you could use canned as well )
  • 1 onion - finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper - finely diced
  • 1 zucchini - finely diced
  • 1 carrot - finrly diced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp Harissa Paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt as per taste

Method:

  • Pressure cook chickpeas until cooked
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add ginger, turmeric, & saute for 20 secs
  • Add onions & saute till they turn transparent. Add chopped tomatoes & saute for another couple of minutes
  • Add diced carrots & cook for a couple of minutes adding 1/2 cup water
  • Add bell pepper & zucchini & add another cup of water, cover with a lid & cook on medium flame until the vegetables are cooked but are crunchy as well
  • Add cooked chickpeas & stir in 2 tbsp Harissa paste & cook on low flame for 5 minutes. Add salt as per taste.
  • Sprinkle dried thyme & serve HOT with any bread of your choice

Can be enjoyed as a soup or can be served with steamed HOT rice.

Enjoi !!!

For Harissa Paste:

You Will Need:

  • 3 red chillies
  • 2 cloved of garlic - minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt

How To:

  • Soak 3 red chillies for about 2 hours in water
  • Blend together, soaked red chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, 2 cloves of garlic & salt with 1 tbsp oilve oil in a food processor into a smooth paste.

NOTE: You can make large quantities of this paste & freeze it in an air-tight container.

We had ours with some garlic bread & immensly enjoyed it. I was taken by surprise, watching my 'picky-eater' husband relish this. And, he didn't seem to mind taking more than 2 helpings :) So, this has got to be really really tasty. So, I am gonna make this again.

What I really liked about this stew is that these spices so common in our Indian kitchen are put together so beautifully that it perfectly fits into the comfort food category. This one is sure to lift your spirits on a dull day.

Enjoy your bowl today !!!

59 comments:

Smitha said...

Hey Deesha!

The stew looks very good...never quite tried Moroccan food. From what I get, it is pretty much like our Desi-Khana..Must try it...

Asha said...

Harissa paste sounds good and spicy, I would love to add to soups. Gorgeous photo Deesha! :)

Preety said...

i too only make channa masala most often..this surely looks more tempting with the veggies

Sara said...

This looks delicious! I just had roasted chickpeas for lunch :)

Indhu said...

delicious looking... and like you said, the spices are something that we have... should be easy to try out :)

Sujatha said...

Stew looks great, Deesha! Me too, I don't have much recipes with chickpeas except chana masala and chana pulav. This is definitely worth the try!

Priya said...

Stew looks absolutely delicious..eyecatching click..

Food Fanatic said...

tht looks really pretty, i am not familiar with harissa paste. thanks for introducing me to it. i shud try this new way of making chickpea. :)

Food Fanatic said...

oh btw i like ur blue strawberry. veru unique :)

Vibaas said...

that's a nice recipe. so close to indian food and i think that's the best part :)

meeso said...

"thanks to the long history of invasions"... Well, there's something good that came from invasions... diverse cuisines from around the globe! Your stew really sounds warm and comforting!

Madhu said...

Moraccan stew looks colorful and delish. I always end up making channa masala with it, new dish to try. Beautiful pic as always.

Cham said...

I have a version of marrocan stew with couscous in my blog. If u love spice and aroma, got try maroccan food. Harissa is the key ingred. Looks absolutely delicous and I imagine with couscous!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow, what a lovely picture.... nice presentation Deesha.

Ramya Bala said...

while going thru the post was wondering wat that harissa pste is...and sounds to be yummy reh...pass it on here...

Varsha Vipins said...

Looks fantastic Deesha..Nice platter n great click..:)

A_and_N said...

Same here with chickpeas. This is a great idea!

sriharivatsan said...

Fantastic click Deesha..Looks absolutely delicious..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Completely new to me! Looks so nice:)

Divya Vikram said...

Have heard a lot about this MMoroccan cuisine. Time for me to venture too.Looks delicious n spicy

Priti said...

Looks too gud..now that it got certified frm you hubby too...should try for sure ;)..book marked it

Sharmila said...

Stew with garlic bread is welcome anyday. Your bowlful looks so good Deesha! :-)

rekhas kitchen said...

awesom looks so so good and nice color too insted of rice i can enjoy this with garlic bread mmmmmmm

jayasree said...

The stew looks awesome. Though the recipe sounds close to Indian, I think the harissa does the trick. Good one.

LG said...

Harissa paste ingredients are intersting. The tast of the curry must be very close to Indian taste alwa. Photo chennagi bandide :)

Sushma said...

never heard of Moroccan food, stew looks tempting.
Photo is very good :)

Madhumathi said...

This is a new dish to me..The curry looks fabulous.What healthy and flavorful curry you have made :)

srikars kitchen said...

Wow.. looks yummy & delicious.. nice entry..nice colour..

Red Chillies said...

Same here Deesha, I cannot think of anything beyong chana masala for garbanzo beans. I am bookmarking this recipe for future use.

Anonymous said...

Stew looks mouth watering...nice snap..

Curry Leaf said...

Mouthwatering stew.I know its delish.I too have another version.Love your pic.Toooooooooooo perfect.

Ashwini said...

Stew looks yumm and very inviting.. Not tasted Moroccan dish before..Lovely pic

farida said...

I too love Moroccan food. I have tried a few recipes from a Moroccan cookbook I have and loved them. There is some similarity between Moroccan and Azerbaijani cuisine. Your stew looks delicious! We have a somewhat similar stew with chickpeas back in Azerbaijan, but it has lamb in it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Rajee said...

It sounds new to me. Never tired it. Looks so colorful, great and inviting.

Vani said...

Healthy for sure! I saw the harissa paste at a grocery store but did not know about it enough to spend the amount they were charging! But looks like an easy make at home sorta paste.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Lovely stew and a nice picture

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Dershana said...

this one sounds really good! i love one pot meals!

Arch said...

Nice recipe, different but still works with indian ingredients...thanks for sharing..

Priya Sriram said...

Very interesting recipe Deesha! Have never tried any cuisine other than Indian ;) But your picture makes me hungry and want to try it!!

Deepa Hari said...

Stew looks lovely and inviting Deesha...never tried Moroccan cuisine....Good one dear.

Vidhya said...

looks perfect Deesha. One of my friend was asking me this recipe, i didn't know this one. Can i give this link to her??

Jaishree said...

Stew looks absolutely delicious deesha.I have something for u in my blog. Pls accept!

Sanghi said...

Delicious recipe and lovely pic too :)

sra said...

Deesha, I have most of the ingredients for this, esp a bag of dry thyme that my aunt got for me and I have to use. Will let you know how it turned out after I make it.

SriLekha said...

it looks too goo nd new for me!

notyet100 said...

lovely post,..

Uma said...

Amazing recipe. Looks so rich and mouth-watering.

Laavanya said...

I haven't tasted moroccon food before... the stew looks so nutritious & flavorful.

Usha said...

This stew sounds wonderful, definitely a must try recipe :-)

Mangala Bhat said...

Hey Deesha ...love the recipe never tried moroccan recipe ..new recipe to me ..looks yummy and gorgeous pic :)Thanks for sharing

Mangala Bhat said...

hey deesha r u kannadiga?

Lavanya said...

hi..first time her..you have a very nice blog here.your stew looks good and spicy!!

AnuSriram said...

Thats inviting! Never tried moroccan dishes.. Delicious recipe!

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

I need to try more Moroccan food, especially after a revelatory meal at a Moroccan restaurant in London. One of my favorite meals of all time. Thanks for the recipe!

Bharti said...

That looks great..a nice change from the usual channa masala. The Harissa paste sounds so flavorful.

Madhavi said...

Oh this looks great Deesha, delicious entry!!!

Sia said...

that's simply gorgeous!

Vanamala said...

Looks nice. Harissa paste gives unique taste right!! nice recipe