Middle Eastern Stew

This Middle Eastern Stew of Chickpeas, Potatoes and Carrots is from World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey.

A good friend of mine, very kindly, gave me a copy as a gift. It has been great bedtime reading so far, but it was time to try out some of the recipes and time to stop drooling over them.

Middle Eastern Stew

3/4 cup dried chickpeas, picked over, washed and drained (I used 1 can of chickpeas)
2-3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3/4 lb potatoes, cut into chunks
(I used 3 medium potatoes)
1 medium carrot, cut into slices (I used 2 medium carrots)
4 canned plum tomatoes + 1 cup liquid from the can
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
(I used coriander for more flavour)

Soak the chickpeas overnight in cold water to cover by about 3 inches.

In a medium pot, bring the chickpeas and 2 1/2 cups of water to the boil. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the chickpeas are very tender.

Heat the oil in a medium pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir and fry until the onions are brown around the edges. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Put in the potatoes, carrot, chickpeas with their cooking liquid, tomatoes, tomato liquid, salt, thyme and 1/2 cup of water. If the tomatoes are very tart, add the sugar to taste. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook gently for 45 minutes. Sprinkle parsley over the top before serving. Serve hot.

Serves 4 - 6

I left it to the last minute to decide I was going to make this recipe. I didn't have time to soak the chickpeas, so I used a can of chickpeas instead. Therefor, I didn't have cooking liquid, so I just added a little extra water. It worked fine.

This was a lovely stew, I liked the fact that the carrots and potatoes were in large chunks and the chickpeas held their shape. I only cooked the stew for about 50 minutes and this worked because I used canned chickpeas. I think I would like to add a little turmeric and chilli powder next time, to spice it up a little, but I will definitely make it again!


  1. Looks delicious as always Holler. Hope your not overwhelmed with holiday preparations!!

  2. Hi Val, I am ok with Christmas preparations so far, although I haven't written any cards yet! I have done nearly all of my shopping though and a good lot of my wrapping. So I am getting there! How about you?

  3. THat sounds so tasty!! Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try this one out!

  4. Delish!

    Man, that book is the BEST bedtime reading.

  5. Hi Vegan Noodle,
    It is tasty stew, but i am definitely going to try it with a few spices next time!

    World vegetarian, what can I say, it is a great book!

  6. Hi Holler:

    Glad to hear you finally got a chance to try something from the book. Looks lovely. I've yet to try that recipe, perhaps because I don't often cook with potatoes. Just the other day, Lucy made a potato recipe from the same book that I haven't tried either. I think I better start buying some potatoes!

    Hugs from your good friend Lisa.

  7. I really love anything with chickpeas. A stew sounds wonderful.
    Have you ever tried toasting chickpeas in a dry skillet? I've never, but I want to.

  8. Hi Lisa, I will definitely get lots of inspiration from this book! Lucy's recipe sounds good too, although I haven't come across asafoetida powder before. On the subject of potatoes, your golden beet and yam hash, sounded lovely!
    Hugs back and thank you again for the book!

    Hi Emiline, I haven't ried dry frying chickpeas, but it sounds like a sensible thing to do! Add a little flavour!

  9. Holler, Happy Holidays! That stew looks delicious. Did you have it on its own or with a bread or rice?

    Might be nice with more spice as you say and a dollop of yogurt on the side too.

  10. Looks great - I should try this as thyme is one of the few herbs we have managed to grow in our backyard - I would probably opt for the tinned chickpeas as I am just too out of the habit of soaking and cooking chickpeas from dry!

  11. Looks fantastic - just what's needed on a cold winters day.

  12. Happy holidays to you too Shelly! We had our stew with rice, just plain rice.

    Hi Johanna, You have to be quite organised and have a bit of time to prepare the chickpeas. Sometimes a can is just fine!

    Hi Jenny, We are certainly having plenty of those cold, cold winter days!

  13. This looks great. I think I'll try it today, adding your suggestions of turmeric and chilli.

  14. Looks yummy - will have to try this one in the new year :-)


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