Shiro Wat (AKA Chickpea Stew)

We found this recipe on a yahoo group we belong to – it was absolutely delicious! If we made it again I wouldn’t change a thing.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and potato, cover and cook 10 minutes longer.

2. Remove and cover and stir in cayenne, paprika, ginger, salt, pepper, cumin, cardamom and tomato paste. Add chickpeas and water and bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender and the flavor is developed, about 30 minutes, adding a bit more water if needed. About 10 minutes before the stew is ready, stir in green peas and taste to adjust seasonings.

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