chickpea stew over couscous

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Author Notes: I created this recipe in the '90s after tasting something similar in the home of a more cosmopolitan friend; I wanted to re-create the same flavors using ingredients I found more accessible. I generally serve this as a main dish, but when there are die-hard carnivores around, it can accompany a roast chicken.Miranda Saturday

Serves 4

chickpea stew

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced (not peeled)
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce (plain)
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and simmer for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onion, potatoes, and green peppers and cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. (You may need to add some water to prevent browning.)
  3. Reduce heat; add chickpeas, tomato sauce, curry powder and cumin. Simmer for about 10 minutes until flavors have melded and potatoes are tender. Serve over couscous and with dollops of sour cream.

couscous

  • 1.5 cups couscous, either regular or whole-wheat
  • 1.5 cups water
  1. In small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add couscous. Stir once and leave, covered, for 5 minutes.

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