Thursday, September 17, 2009

Moroccan Chickpea stew

My mom complains Couscous is a heavy food but dad not. Once in a while, probably once in a year or two when they get a chance to find a box of couscous and harissa in hand. The menu will be sure Couscous with meat and vegetable sauce like this one. This is how couscous got introduced to me.
Later, when I moved to Paris, I had Algerian colleague. She introduced me this Couscous salad, which I hooked on later.
After moving to US, Harissa is only available in World Market and Couscous now gaining popularity in regular shop aisle. Men in my house dislike this “rava”, blame it is bland. Will it stop me to cook and enjoy this Couscous time to time, no way! I came across this Morrocan chickpea stew, I had all the ingredients on hand and what next: cooking!
Voila something exotic, aromatic and easy!



Morroco stew & couscous






Recipe adapted from Myrecipes
Moroccan chickpea stew


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Ingredients:

Carrot: 1 peeled/diced
Potato: 1 large / peeled / cubed
Onion: 1 diced
Green chilies: 1 minced
Garlic cloves: 2 minced
Cumin: 2 tsp powdered
Chili powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric: ¼ tsp
Salt: do it if necessary (I didn’t need it)
Tomato sauce: ¼ can
Chickpea can: 1 drained and rinsed
Vegetable broth: ¾ can
Olive oil: 2 tsp
Cilantro: to garnish at the end


Method:
*Can be done in pressure cooker or in big pot

Heat oil in big pot or pressure cooker. Add onion, garlic, chili, carrot fry until translucent. Now stir the potato add the stock and the spice powders. Let the potato cook first! (if you do in pressure cooker leave one whistle).
Once the potato is done, add the tomato sauce, chickpea cook another 5 minutes, until it blend well. Check for taste and garnish with cilantro. Serve with couscous or rice.

Note: The stew is slightly spicy, if you cannot tolerate the heat reduce the amount of chili powder.


Couscous with raisins and almonds
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Note:
Couscous:
1 cup of couscous will yield to 3 cups after cooking.

Ingredients:


Couscous: 1 cup
Water: 1 ¼ cup
Olive oil: 2 tsp
Raisins: 2 to 3 tbsp
Almonds: sliced – roasted in pan


Method:

Boil the water, add the raisin, oil. Keep the couscous in a big bowl, pour the boiling water and cover with lid the pan. Let it rest 10 minutes and take fork and fluff it. Garnish with almond.


This Moroccan dish is for Pavani who is hosting A.W.E.D-Morocco in her spot, event started by DK.

60 comments:

Gita said...

Love the spicy and chunky stew Cham...nice combo with couscous...I too am not so comfortable with couscous yet...it will take some more time for me :)

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi,
sounds new to me ....but sure i will give a shot....presentation super:)

Varsha Vipins said...

That looks like our Chana masala to me..lol..I am not a great fan of coscous..but with raisins n almond n this combo of chickpea..this is a hit..am sure..!!:)

Superchef said...

i love the combo of this chickpea stew and the couscous!!

Cooks said...

That plate of Moroccan food looks so yummy and comforting.. Thanks for sending them over to A.W.E.D.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

unique dish...

Preety said...

nice recipe

notyet100 said...

ummm,...yummy combo,...

Nandini said...

I love spicy stuff! The stew looks spicilicious! I like the cous cous with raisin-almond! Slurp!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Sounds very good,with garlic in it,i am gonna love it !!

Suparna said...

The snap is so beautiful cham :)
The combination seems very tasty! very healthy too. The recipe is very close to Indian preparation, should try ur version sometime dear :)
Thanks
TC

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Stew looks very nice and spicy.

jayasree said...

Sounds like a cousin of our own channa masala. Very easy to put together.

Priya said...

Cham, ur chickpeas stew looks gorgeous and am drooling over that raisins and almonds couscous, u know wat yesterday my lunch was couscous..am gonna post my version soon..prefect entry!

sowmya.s said...

love the stew..had made it once...couscous..have heard a lot , but never tried..eager to try it soon..

sra said...

I've made this once, it's on my blog too. The recipe for the stew asked for some special kind of limes, I forget which, I didn't have those, so I used lime pickle instead! Was v yummy!

Curry Leaf said...

Love the stew Cham.The couscous is nutty and healthy and not heavy.I too had adapted my Moroccan stew from the same source,so I know it is great.The combo is very filling.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow..that's an yum and spicy stew....love that coscous recipe too...sounds yum with almonds...

Sireesha said...

Looks delectable and comfortable ummmmm:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That looks so good. Very nice click. I like couscous very much and this should have tasted great.

Srivalli said...

That looks good Cham. Good to see you back.

Parita said...

Ah lovely palate :)

Vaishali said...

Chickpeas are my favorite legume-- I make a different version of Moroccan chickpea stew where I stir in some Harissa paste at the end. Your version sounds really delicious too.

Indhu said...

I have been seeing a lot of couscous dishes lately... should make this one... love the chickpea stew...

rekhas kitchen said...

wow what a combination mouthwatering.

Soma said...

Love chickpea stew.. i make the Harira using homemade Harissa. I am a big fan of couscous while my family i is not so fond of it, while they like bulgur.

Nags said...

absolutely love Moroccan but I've only ever eaten it outside, somehow never experimented yet :)

Happy cook said...

I love couscous andlove the chickpea stew to go with it. You mom think it istoo heavy, my MIL dislike couscous, she says it is like eating sand :-)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

wonderful snapdear.. :) and i love chickpea.. :)

Divya Vikram said...

Couscous and chickpeas sound like a delicious combo!

Miri said...

What a coincidence - my post on couscous and a chickpea stew (sometime early this year or late last year) has a very similar pic in an oval dish!
I love the chickpea stew!

homecooked said...

The stew looks flavourful and yummy!

Purva Desai said...

This stew looks delicious and Moroccan cuisine is incomplete without couscous......yummy combo

Arch said...

Looks nice...I love the flavours with chickpeas...Hey, you can still make that chicken curry - substitute some garam masala for the goda masala and it shoudl work just fine

Prathibha said...

hmm that made a yummy combo dearie..

G.Pavani said...

hi cham,hru iam fine after long back iam coming to my blog world...

Viki's Kitchen said...

LOve the way you presented the moroccon stew. I am gonna shop for this couscous, just because of your picture. Great way to include healthy grains in our meal.

Bong Mom said...

I like the stew better than couscous :)

karuna said...

that stew looks yummy. I tasted a similar stew once at my friends place, but she had added the couscous to the stew.

Dibs said...

I stock up on instant cous cous all the time. Its such a quick and easy meal. Its definitely lighter than a rava upma! The stew seems sooo delicious!

Karine said...

Your stew seems to be packed with flavors! Thanks for sharing :)

Uma said...

lovely stew! looks just like chole. Yum!

Solai Chidambaram said...

very happy to see you back cham.Was wondering what happened to you.Are you back from India

Chitra said...

Lovely combination..Pics Looks awesome :)

Yasmeen said...

love this combo of chickpeas with couscous :)

forkbootsandapalette said...

love chickpeas..and this sure looks great

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely blog cham...good recipe...sounds new and interesting one...will try it

DEESHA said...

I made this one long ago & I loved it. its super yummmy isn't it?

Veggie Belly said...

Awesome! When I was in morocco we mainly encountered tagines and couscous..and fabulous moroccan mint tea! I like your idea of using chickpeas for this stew.

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meeso said...

I love chickpea's, this looks like a great dish!

Cynthia said...

I love chickpea and this stew not only sounds but looks really good.

Cilantro said...

Looks like our channa masala, nice recipe.

Arch said...

Hey cham, thnks so much for letting me know you tried it out :)So glad you enjoyed it...will post more recipes from the book...

Sireesha said...

Happy Dussehra to you and your Family.

s said...

good one..

Srivalli said...

Hello Cham, fyi.. http://cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com/2009/09/update-on-plagiarism.html

Vibaas said...

looks yum like our channa masala :) bookmarked!

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi cham,i am not able to post comments in ur newer post i dont know y...

Aparna said...

I love chickpeas and have not yet seena chickpea dish I didn't like so far!
So this has to be good. I personally like couscous, but the rest fo the family compare it to a bland uppuma which they're not very fond of anyways. :(