Quick Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Vegan and Glutenfree)

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 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 at home when traveling 😉 !

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Hence, I’m serving it with steamed brown and white rice, however, please feel free to use any choice of side.


That is 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  ~

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Quick Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Vegan and Glutenfree)

3 minPrep Time

36 minCook Time

39 minTotal Time

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2 Cans of Garbanzo beans - 15oz cans or homecooked garbanzo beans.

1/2 Can Diced Tomato

1 Large Onion - thinly chopped

1 Clove Garlic - thinly chopped

3 Cups Vegetable Broth - I'm using low-sodium option

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

Cilantro - for garnish


1 Tsp Harissa Paste

1 Cinnamon Stick

2 Tsp Cumin

1 Tsp Salt - use as per taste

1 Tsp Paprika Powder - optional

Pinch of Turmeric - optional


  1. Heat oil in a deep pan or dutch oven.
  2. Add cinnamon stick, onions, garlic and saute for 2 minutes over medium heat (till onions are golden brown).
  3. Now, add diced tomato, garbanzo beans and stir everything evenly.
  4. Cook this over medium heat for 7-8 minutes (till tomatoes+onion completely cook and become pulpy).
  5. Add, all the remaining spices and saute for another 2 minutes.
  6. Finally, add the vegetable broth, stir and cover the pan with lid.
  7. Let this cook over low-medium heat for 25-30 minutes.
  8. After, 30 minutes, remove the lid and stir the pot.
  9. The stew is almost read and need to cook without the lid for another 3-4 minutes.
  10. Finally, Turn off the heat and transfer the chickpea stew to a serving bowl.
  11. Garnish with cilantro.
  12. Serve hot with rice or side of choice.


32 Replies to "Quick Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Vegan and Glutenfree)"

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  • Natalie April 11, 2017 (6:42 pm)
    Oh, this looks very lovely Molly. I love the good stew, no matter what season. Spices are just amazing in this stew. Would love to have a bowl of this right now. I love how easy this is to make. Perfect!
  • Tina Dawson April 10, 2017 (3:26 pm)
    As soon as I can get my hands on some Harissa paste, I'm making these!!!! <3
  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 10, 2017 (2:15 pm)
    I love Moroccan flavors and have felt that they hold lot of similarity to the Indian cuisine. I have tasted dishes with Harissa paste, but have never actually cooked with it. The chickpeas stew looks so comforting and it is perfect to drive away the rainy day blues!
  • soniya Saluja April 10, 2017 (2:08 pm)
    I love chickpea. I can eat them right out the can. haha. :D This looks stunningly delicious!
  • Ashley - Forking Up April 10, 2017 (1:55 pm)
    I've never had Moroccan food! I love chickpeas though, and this looks so tasty. I will have to seek out the ingredients and make the recipe sometime, as I am not sure there is a Moroccan restaurant near me.
  • swathi April 10, 2017 (2:07 am)
    Molly this my kind of stew. I like our chana dal and rice, I think this one will be a nice change to that as it is also spiced and looks like ultimate comfort food.
  • Megan Marlowe April 9, 2017 (10:57 pm)
    I have got to find me some harissa paste. I have searched every store in town so now it's time to hit up Amazon. This stew looks absolutely fabulous! Hearty, comforting and the type of meal that'll make your palate sing! YUM!
  • Lori Vachon April 9, 2017 (10:16 pm)
    What a wonderful stew, the flavors are outstanding!
  • Sara @ Modern Little Victories April 9, 2017 (8:40 pm)
    This looks so hearty and delicious! Sometimes you just need to keep it simple too so I love that you did that. I also love restaurant owners that are so friendly and welcoming like that and don't mind sharing secrets! Can't beat that kind of service!
  • ManilaSpoon April 9, 2017 (7:04 pm)
    I love Moroccan food because of the delicious spices added in them so I will certainly enjoy this chickpea stew! Perfect for the chilly spring weather as it is such a bowl of comfort food goodness! :)
  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy April 9, 2017 (1:17 pm)
    What a delicious weeknight dinner option. Love the spices, and chickpeas are so nutritious. Perfect leftovers for lunch too.
  • Byron Thomas April 9, 2017 (12:04 pm)
    I have a recipe very similar to this that I make regularly. It's such a wonderful dish with so many robust flavours. I love the warm, inviting flavours of Moroccan spice. Looks delicious, Molly!
  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way April 8, 2017 (6:41 pm)
    Oh that sounds so good! It's spring and yet I'm still wearing winter clothes and I just something to warm me up from the inside out. Your stew looks like it would do just that! I could eat soups/stews any time of year but especially when I'm chilled. I really like how you presented the stew -- you can see more of the ingredients. I'm saving the recipe.
  • Veena Azmanov April 8, 2017 (8:16 am)
    I love a good chickpea stew. Indian or Moroccan are my favorite. Love the flavor combination you have going here. Can't wait to try.
  • Adriana Lopez Martn April 8, 2017 (4:41 am)
    Yummy meal perfect for any day of the week. Chickpeas are wonderful and so delicious. Moroccan food is so flavorful and lovely. Need a serving of this Moroccan Chickpea Stew now =)
  • Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day April 7, 2017 (11:21 pm)
    Oh Molly! I love this recipe so much! I've always want to learn how to cook Moroccan food, and now I have this wonderful recipe!
  • Uma April 7, 2017 (10:09 pm)
    Looks healthy and delicious. Love to make any curry with Chickpeas .
  • Stephanie@ApplesforCJ April 7, 2017 (9:34 pm)
    That's pretty neat how they shared the recipe with you. I use chickpeas a lot and this Moroccan stew is perfect for those cool , rainy kind of nights.
  • traditionallymodernfood April 7, 2017 (5:30 pm)
    My husband likes channa chawal, this moroccan take looks interesting, your pic s tempting I guess i should try
  • traditionallymodernfood April 7, 2017 (5:28 pm)
    My husband likes channa chawal, this moraccan take is new to me. I love ur picture it urge me to try
    • Molly Kumar April 27, 2017 (3:37 am)
      Thanks Vidya, hope you try the recipe soon :)

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