Quick Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Vegan and Glutenfree): This wholesome and rustic stew is filled with simple-warm Moroccan spice flavors and absolutely easy to make at home using everyday ingredients.
The weekend is approaching and we are definitely looking at a rainy cloudy weekend which is also going to be extremely windy. That means many of us (in California) would be spending time indoors and what better option than to call some friends over, making this ‘Quick Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Vegan and Glutenfree)’ and enjoy a rustic meal. For anyone, who works from home, would totally understand where I’m coming from, just imagine spending the entire week working from home and then if you are forced to spend the weekends home …..ughhh…especially when you live in California and all you want to do is go out in the mountains or the beach. But to feel little better, I’ve decided to call some of our friends home and just chill with this and warm chai. Now, there is a small story behind this ‘Quick Moroccan Chickpea Stew’ and that is we had this last year during our visit to Dubai. I think Dubai is a city which has something for everyone and for me, it was all about food, spices and middle-eastern potteries…..my hubby still laughs when I say this about Dubai, but hey, I’m a foodie and always looking for food inspiration. So, during our visit we had food mostly outside (although we were visiting cousins but who eat’s at home when traveling 😉 and it was at one of a local street restaurant kind of place, we got to try this amazing Moroccan food spread. They offered all sorts of Tagine (traditional Moroccan cooking style in a closed clay pot) from chicken, lamb, red meat, seafood to vegetarian option and lots of freshly baked khobz bread (traditional wheat bread). Since, it was pretty late and we were so tired that we ordered a quick ‘Chickpea Veggie Tagine’ but trust me, it turned out to be the most amazing chickpea dish that we had ever tasted. The ingredients were simple, but the flavors were spot on – warm, homely and absolutely rustic. Once the food was over, I tried talking to the restaurant owner and since it was a family owned small place, they were so kind and generous to share details about their recipe and spices. I was actually pretty surprised to know that their basic spices are also cumin, coriander, chili, turmeric and so on which I felt is very similar to my Indian recipes. The lady in the restaurant even gave me a glimpse of the kitchen and some details about the stew. Hence, here I’m adding a slight variation to her recipe and creating this ‘Quick Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Vegan and Glutenfree)’. The variation that I’m talking about is ‘Harissa paste’ which is a red pepper+chilli paste that has some other ingredients like garlic, oil and tomatoes. I’m adding a very tiny amount just for that small kick in flavor and color but if you can handle more of its spiciness, please go ahead and add as much as you like. If you’ve had traditional Moroccan Stew, then you might have seen an addition of vegetables but I’m keeping it to the basic and making it simply with chickpeas. I like a slightly thicker stewy texture, hence not adding much water. I would have traditionally served it with a big bowl of steamed couscous but as many of my friends don’t eat it much, I’m serving it with steamed brown and white rice however, please feel free to use any choice of side. That it for me and I hope you enjoy this rustic bowl of Moroccan Chickpea Stew soon. Have a great weekend and here’s a glimpse of my Moroccan Tea Glasses that I found and would be using for the brunch ~