Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Stew

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Stew

This warming and flavoursome dish is quick to make- it only takes about 35 minutes once the veggies are chopped. It uses some of the new season carrots which have recently come into UK shops. The humble carrot is quite brilliant- cheap, versatile and full of vitamins. It also contains anti-oxidants. Combining carrots with chickpeas, prunes and a few spices will produce a satisfying main meal to suit all the family. Served with rice, this recipe yielded enough for 2 adults and a toddler.

Ingredients

  • Glug oil
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped finely
  • 1 celery stick, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (or could use 1 tsp ground cumin)
  • 3 carrots, chopped (I left mine quite chunky for little hands to pick up)
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 100g prunes, chopped
  • 400ml low salt stock or water
  • 1 tsp tomato puree

Instructions

  1. Fry the onion, garlic and celery in the oil for a few minutes.
  2. Add the spices and fry for a few minutes more.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients (carrots, chickpeas, prunes, stock and tomato puree). Stir together well.
  4. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil and simmer gently for around 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove the lid and simmer for a few minutes to reduce the liquid. You are aiming for a rich sauce that coats the vegetables with a shiny gloss (see photo above). Serve with rice, cous cous or anything else you fancy.
  • Nutritional Highlights: The combination of ingredients in this dish provide a good source of protein, fibre, B6 and Vitamin K. Carrots also add Beta-carotene (acts as an anti-oxidant), Vitamins A, C and E.
  • First served at: 12 months
  • A-L rating: This is a savoury but sweet dish that should appeal to lots of little ones! A-L enjoys picking up the chunks of carrot with her hand and eating the chickpeas spiked on a fork.
  • Freezer friendly? No, we haven’t tried to freeze this. It stores well in the fridge for a few days though.
  • Adult adaption: If you like a warm kick, I’d add some cayenne or chilli powder with the spices.
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8 thoughts on “Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Stew

  1. Liking the sound of this. We always have chickpea stews, but never tried with prunes. I’m sure this will be a hit with Fabio’s sweet tooth!

  2. Made this dish tonight and all the family thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice and easy to do which is crucial for me at the moment :) x

    • Yey! Glad it was a hit with your family too. I’m going to put some time tags on the recipes so that you can see how long each one takes. I’m pleased that you could put this one together whilst looking after your little lads xx

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