Chickpeas, like many legumes, can be used in a variety of ways, from dips, to soups, to pizza crusts. These little guys are versatile and I love them. Vegetarians and vegans use this popular protein source regularly, since chickpeas are both healthful and filling. This recipe for Moroccan stewed chickpeas is probably similar to something you have had before; it is not a complicated one, but it is loaded with flavor and makes a fantastic meal on its own. I call this an easy meal and it can work for lunch or dinner in my house. Rich flavors of garlic, curry, cinnamon, cumin, coriander and Garam Masala stewed together with tomatoes elevate chickpeas to a whole new playing field. I could honestly live on this stuff if I had to. My husband also loves this in the morning with poached eggs on top, making great use of any leftovers—if you find that you have any.
Moroccan Spiced Stewed Chickpeas With Spinach
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8-1/4 cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala
- 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley, stems removed, minced
- 2 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish
- Step 1 Place a large sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, and when hot but not smoking, add the onion and sauté till tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an addition 30 seconds.
- Step 2 Add the curry, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin, coriander and Garam Masala and cook for about 1 minute till fragrant.
- Step 3 Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, chickpeas, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil use the back of a wooden spoon to carefully break up or gently smash the tomatoes in the pan. Reduce to a simmer, cover and stew, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
- Step 4 Add the spinach to the chickpeas, stir to incorporate and cook an additional 1 minute. Adjust the seasoning as needed, garnish with chopped parsley.
- Step 5 Serve warm with your favorite side such as couscous, quinoa or rice.
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