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Fragrant Chickpea Stew

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Total Time: 35 mins

Fragrant Chickpea Stew

When time is of the essence, this hearty stew makes a quick meal. It has a complex, almost beefy flavor that develops when the onion and garlic are cooked until dark brown. Accompany with steamed rice or whole-wheat flatbreads (chapatis).


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 5 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, ground (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 red potato, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 19-ounce or 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes


Step 1
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook cumin seeds for 10 seconds. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until dark brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add coriander; cook, stirring, for 20 seconds. Stir in water, potato, chickpeas, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the potato is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 2
Add tomato, increase heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro and serve.


Ingredient Note: Coriander seeds are tiny and yellowish brown; they are produced when cilantro is allowed to seed. They smell slightly citric. Their flavor does not resemble, in any way, that of cilantro.

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