Spiced Vegetable and Chickpeas Stew

A healthy family meal that sticks to the ribs.

Want to make people happy? Serve bowls of this down-home vegetarian stew with swiss chards and chickpeas over grains or couscous for a healthy meal that sticks to the ribs.

Easy Vegetable Stew recipe

Ingredients list for the Swiss Chard Stew with Chickpeas

  • 1/2 pound (220g) canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound (about 1 generous bunch) swiss chards
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup), plus additional for garnish
  • 1 lemon (optional)
  • Cooked grains or couscous, for serving (optional)

Easy Vegetable Stew

Directions

1. In a small skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat, toast coriander and fennel seeds together just until they begin to release their aroma, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer immediately to a spice mill and allow to cool for a few minutes, then grind.

2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large heavy skillet and add chopped onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring often, another 5 minutes, until onion and garlic has softened slightly. Stir into chickpeas. Add ground spices, paprika, cumin, additional salt, tomato paste and return to a simmer. After 2-3 minutes, add the vegetable stock. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.

3. Meanwhile, stem and wash swiss chards, keeping a bit of whites. Cut leaves in half down the middle. Stack and roll up several leaves, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch (1cm) strips. You should obtain about 5 cups of chopped chards.

4. Add swiss chards to chickpeas and vegetables and bring back to a simmer, covered for 15-30 minutes, until greens and chickpeas are tender. Stir in cilantro and simmer another 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings if necessary.

5. Ladle into soup bowls. Cut the lemon into quarters. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a drizzle of lemon juice. Serve over rice, bulgur, or couscous.

spicy vegetable and chick pea stew

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