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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Moroccan Chickpea Chili

       I loved the flavors of this chili/stew/soup.  Be careful with how much ground red pepper you add if anyone is very sensitive.  It's easy to make with a few key ingredients on hand.  Add more beans or broth depending on the consistency you want.
       Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you.  It is mostly spices. 
       If you like this recipe, you might also want to try Chickpea and Cilantro Stew with Cumin. 
  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1  cup chopped onion
  • 3/4  cup chopped celery     (choose whichever of these
  • 1/2  cup chopped carrot         you have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1  teaspoon  minced garlic
  • 2  teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2  teaspoons paprika (smoked)
  • 1  teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8  teaspoon ground red pepper OR LESS
  • 1 1/2-2  cups water or chicken broth
  • 2  tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste*
  • 1-2  (15 1/2-ounce)cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1  (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2  tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1  tablespoon fresh lemon juice   
          (underlines separate groups of ingredients to be added)
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, pepper, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in cumin and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups water or chicken broth, tomato paste, chickpeas, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro and juice.

This can be garnished with a little dollop of yogurt or sprinkled with cilantro.

* Freeze leftover tomato paste in 1-2 T dollops in a freezer baggie.  Because it is so thick, it will usually stay separate until frozen.  Take out as needed from the baggie.

Original recipe:  Moroccan Chickpea Chili My Recipes
There is even a link you can click that demonstrates making it, plus recipes for the rest of dinner at this link: Moroccan Chickpea Chili Video

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