Do you have a travel bucket list? So do I! One of the countries I’ve been wanting to visit for a very long time is Morocco. I am in general interested in other countries, languages, ethnicities and especially other food cultures, and the Middle East and in combination with North African is one food culture I’ve always been intrigued to try! This is my very first own Moroccan dish. Here y’all, we have my vegan spicy Moroccan chickpea stew!
What are typical Moroccan spices?
Think color, think taste, think heat (not necessarily in taste but in hot colors). That can be spices such as cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, paprika, saffron, ginger, cloves etc.
My spicy Moroccan chickpea stew consists of some of these spices and even more. It's interesting to look at my ingredient list for this recipe - ten out of eighteen ingredients are seasoning of some kind. one this!
I use chickpeas as the protein source, and this stew is preferably served with couscous or bulgur, but even quinoa, rice or other grain works fine. Garnish with fresh parsley and a few drops of lime and your dish is complete.
Moroccan Chickpea Stew
1/2 yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
4 pitted fresh dates
1 package (á 249 g dried weight) cooked chickpeas
1,5 packages of crushed tomatoes (in total approx 600 g)
2,5 dl (1 glass) of water
1,5 tsp cinnamon
1,5 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika powder
at least 1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 dl finely chopped cilantro
Some fresh parsley mostly for garnishing
Lime for serving
Cut your onion into small bites. Heat up a frying pan or thick sauté pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the onion and pressed garlic and fry until soft.
Cut your eggplants into cubes and the carrot into slices. Add these and your pitted dates to the pan and stir all together.
Rinse off your chickpeas in cold water and add these to the pan together with the crushed tomato, all seasoning (except the fresh herbs) and finish with the water. Combine all together and then let it simmer for approx 10' on low heat.
Add the cilantro, stir and taste off and see if you need to add, for instance, salt, pepper or other seasoning.
Serve with bulgur, quinoa, rice or tother grain. Garnish with fresh parsley and a little bit if of lime juice if you'd like.