Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Stew

9 May

Regular readers will know that in our house, pulses rule supreme and we often bring supplies of chickpeas and lentils grown locally in Spain, over to England. In a tidying up frenzy the other day (family are visiting from Spain soon!) we came across further supplies that we had forgotten about. Result.

I decided to try something different from our regular Puchero and came across various recipes using Moroccan inspired spices which I adapted to suit us. I included chicken in this version, but I feel sure that you could quite happily leave it out which would give you an amazing vegan main course dish.


Feel free to play with the spices, next time I’ll double the harissa to give more of a kick. I used my slow cooker but this could easily be cooked (covered) in a low oven, braised gently on the hob or even in a pressure cooker (although I don’t own one so can’t offer any advice on cooking times). If you prefer to use ready cooked, canned beans just skip the soaking stage and use double the volume in the ingredients list which will give you roughly the same quantity as the dried ones after soaking.

Ingredients (to serve 4 as a main course)

  • Approx 400ml of dried chickpeas (measure by volume) soaked overnight in plenty of cold water with a pinch of bicarbonate then drained
  • 4 chicken thighs or drumsticks (optional)
  • Approx 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of peeled and crushed or chopped garlic
  • 1 level tablespoon of harissa (or chili powder to taste). Use more if you like a little tickle (and who doesn’t?!)
  • 1 teaspoon each of paprika, turmeric and ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons each of ground cumin and cinnamon
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (mine was 390g)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • About 220 ml of water (If using a slow cooker, make sure everything is covered by about 2cm of liquid).  You may need to top up with more liquid if cooking in the oven or on the stovetop. Just keep an eye on it and add more hot liquid if necessary.
  • Salt (season after the dish is cooked to help the chickpeas soften when cooking)
  • To serve – a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some finely chopped radish, coriander and red onion.

Heat the oil gently ad add the onion and garlic. Cover and soften then add the spices and cook (uncovered) until the spices release their aroma.


Add the chicken (if using) and the tomatoes, tomato puree and liquid. Bring to a boil and cook on high for 10 minutes. Now put everything into whatever you use to cook (casserole dish, slow cooker etc) and cover. I cooked mine on slow in the slow cooker for 6 hours and the chickpeas were soft and creamy with the chicken cooked through and still holding to the bone. Stovetop should take about 2 hours and a slow oven about 4 hours. Add salt to taste once the dish is cooked.

When you’re ready to serve (and it’s even better the next day), ladle into deep bowls and serve with the garnish and your favourite bread. Enjoy!

Bluebells (6)

PS. Because the photos of the stew weren’t great (although the stew was…photo quality is due to a desire to eat quickly!), I have included some gratuitous shots of a recent walk we took in a Bluebell Wood nearby, do hope you enjoy a little burst of English springtime.

If you enjoy chick peas and North African inspired spices, why not try this soup?


43 Responses to “Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Stew”

  1. Simply Splendid Food May 9, 2016 at 17:31 #

    The soup looks fantastic! A great recipe!

  2. Karen May 9, 2016 at 19:04 #

    Love Moroccan flavors and your stew sounds terrific to me. I think you were to harsh on yourself about the photo of the stew but I’m happy that you included the photos from your walk. The woods are absolutely beautiful.

    • Chica Andaluza May 9, 2016 at 20:06 #

      Thank you Karen. The walk was so beautiful. It’s 3 farms and the open up the walka for a few weeks every year. This year they were fundraising for a charity that trains dogs to help people with disabilities so ir was worth visiting on so many levels!

      • Karen May 9, 2016 at 20:11 #

        That made it all the nicer.

  3. restlessjo May 9, 2016 at 20:20 #

    Gorgeous bluebell photos and a tasty sounding bite to eat. Life treating you well, hon? X

  4. Mad Dog May 9, 2016 at 21:00 #

    That looks delicious!
    I’d be inclined to cook the chickpeas separately in a pressure cooker and then add them to the stew before simmering for an hour or so, but I suspect the whole lot could go in the pressure cooker for about 30 minutes (the chickpeas would require a one hour soak in boiling water first).
    I fancy cooking this in the next couple of days and have a fantastic cazuela that this would simmer very well in, thanks to you 😉

    • Chica Andaluza May 9, 2016 at 21:06 #

      Sounds like a plan to me! My mum swears by her pressure cooker so maybe I need to look into getting one ☺

      • Mad Dog May 9, 2016 at 21:17 #

        I don’t often make complete meals in mine, but they are great for stocks and cooking pulses quickly.

      • Chica Andaluza May 9, 2016 at 21:22 #

        Yes I think they’re good for that sort of thing then transfer over to something else for the slower cooking part to allow flavours to develop.

      • Mad Dog May 9, 2016 at 21:26 #

        …and for the sauce to thicken.

  5. narf7 May 9, 2016 at 21:03 #

    Unctuously glorious in all of their tasty guises Ms Chica. Stevie-boy loves chickpeas as well so I could make this twice. Once for him and once for me. Love that soup and again, would be very easy to make vego. You are one generous recipe gal and we all love you for it and those bluebells are SO pretty! I sometimes think that about my forget-me-not acres at the front of the house just before I start whipper snipping them down (prior to them developing seeds and turning into billions of teeny tiny velcro pods…sigh…) spring is delicious but then so is autumn to parched and dry narfs. I am revelling in it’s damp darker joy 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza May 9, 2016 at 21:09 #

      I have a pal whose daughter is vegan…actually she has a lovely blog on WordPress called rawofalioness (think you’ll like it) and I used her as a tester/taster for this one so that she can prepare it for her daughter. Glad you liked the spring flowers but can understand you enjoying the joys of autumn after your long hot summer!

      • narf7 May 9, 2016 at 21:16 #

        Making space in my RSS Feed Reader as I tap. Cheers for the share Ms Chica. Always room for another excellent vegan blog in my expanding stack 🙂

  6. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial May 9, 2016 at 23:42 #

    Lovely! I think I could survive on chick peas, I love them so much! Thanks for another gorgeous recipe – it’s the perfect thing for that Portuguese clay bean pot I bought years ago and never got around to using.. 🙂

  7. PendleStitches May 10, 2016 at 01:51 #

    I adore chickpeas so this recipe will get an outing Chez Nous. Love the bluebells!

    • gentengtanahliat February 26, 2017 at 02:59 #


  8. Aruna May 10, 2016 at 02:14 #

    Bookmarked to try immediately. This is so like the Indian choke, which is a curry. 🙂

  9. Eha May 10, 2016 at 03:12 #

    I am like Celia: I could live on chickpeas also and have cooked them Moroccan regularly. Am thoroughly old-fashioned: do it from dry and slowly, slowly on the stovetop [it helps if you work from home 🙂 !]. Have to check my recipe ’cause love the look of your spicing and it would not be the first time I have put my own recipe on the back burner and adopted yours 🙂 ! And thanks for the flowers – one thing this ‘Lucky Country’ of ours does not have in this manner . . .

  10. Gather and Graze May 10, 2016 at 04:28 #

    I’ve been on the look-out for some new stews and soups now that it’s cooled off a little here in Oz… this one looks perfect Tanya, packed full of flavour!

  11. Tandy | Lavender and Lime May 10, 2016 at 05:59 #

    The bluebells are amazing. Great recipe Tanya 😀

  12. themateriallady May 10, 2016 at 08:48 #

    I think that looks perfect and will definitely be trying it Chez Hood

  13. Ria May 10, 2016 at 13:33 #

    Oh yes! Now this is the recipe I’ve been waiting for, looking forward to giving it a try (with my Spanish chickpeas of course!) xx

  14. thecompletebook May 10, 2016 at 14:33 #

    I love chicpeas so this is a winner! Lovely piccies too.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  15. cookinginsens May 10, 2016 at 22:47 #

    Sounds delicious. I’ve been thinking about chickpeas.

  16. Food,Photography & France May 11, 2016 at 12:50 #

    Brilliant….I’ll be making it this weekend…if there’s some sun to make it feel right;)

  17. BANDAR KAOS KARAKTER May 12, 2016 at 11:50 #

    it looks like the food very tasty at all and I really wanted to try it.

  18. Denise Carlini May 12, 2016 at 18:52 #

    Wow and wonderful! I’ll try this very soon. Just perfect!

  19. Cecilia Mary Gunther May 15, 2016 at 03:05 #

    You know I just love chickpeas – this looks like a great soup to add to my repertoire (big word for a little list) . I hope all is well.. c

  20. restlessjo May 23, 2016 at 09:58 #

    Thank you for your visits. 🙂 I keep ‘popping in’ but you’re obviously busy. Take care 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza May 23, 2016 at 13:56 #

      Life has been rather hectic, but I need to get back to blogging as I have lots of recipes to share!

  21. BANDAR KAOS KARAKTER June 6, 2016 at 08:14 #

    that’s food will be dancing in my mouth…uuuuuuhhh, so taste

  22. Rak Sepatu Gantung June 25, 2016 at 02:19 #

    wow you made by your self the food? nice! and the combination of the nature.. very great!

  23. A.K. Maleeke July 14, 2016 at 21:58 #

    Very delicious chick peas. I make the same thing and use a Moroccan spice blend called Ras al Hanout – it has basically everything in it like all spice. It really tastes good.

  24. seminar ACLS August 23, 2016 at 12:24 #

    the soup looks delicious ..yummy

  25. Rak Sepatu Gantung August 24, 2016 at 07:18 #

    what a fresh ingredient you have.. really like it

  26. Jual Tirai Magnet Anti Nyamuk August 30, 2016 at 13:52 #

    thanks sist for share this recipe, cant wait for the next recipe

  27. BANDAR KAOS KARAKTER October 14, 2016 at 05:25 #

    it looks like the food you share in this article is very tasty and healthy, because it is made of chicken especially in adding peas …… hmmmmmm ….. delicious all …..

  28. Genteng tanah liat January 17, 2017 at 03:16 #

    i like herb and spice

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