Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Easy Sweet and Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Stew

I make this easy Spicy Stew on days when I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen; or if I am feeling a little unwell.  It has made an appearance on my food blog before in various guises.  

Its easy, because all you do is chop and prepare the veg and throw the rest of the ingredients in a large pot and then let the oven do the rest of the work.  It's what I guess people describe as 'one pot meals'. 
I often vary the vegetables with whats in season.  On this occasion I had a lot of carrots that required using up, hence the sweet in the recipe title as carrots impart sweetness.

Enjoy as it is as it's quite filling with the beans and bulgar wheat, but if you want to make more of a meal with it - then serve with some good crusty bread.

I am sharing this with My Legume Love Affair #126 which I am hosting this month.  The food blog challenge was started by Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook and continues thanks to Lisa's Kitchen.  
Spiced Vegetable Stew
Serves 4 - 6
1 onion, finely sliced 
4 carrots, peeled and sliced into half moons if large
1 x 400g tin of tomatoes, crushed
2 tablespoon tomato paste 
60g bulgar wheat 
4 tablespoons olive oil 
2 - 4 fat red chillies, pierced 
2 teaspoons of dried parsley
2 teaspoons ground cumin 
2 teaspoons ground coriander 
Salt and pepper to taste 
900ml or 1 ½ pint vegetable stock 
1 x 400g tin of chick peas 
Optional: 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped for garnishing
Optional: drizzle with some good extra  olive oil
In a ovenproof casserole pot (with lid) add the onion, carrots, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, bulgar wheat, red chillies, spices, salt and pepper to taste and pour over the stock.
Cover with the lid and place in oven gas mark 4/180oc for 1 hour 30 minutes.
Remove the lid and stir in the chickpeas, replace the lid and cook for a further 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender
Remove from the oven, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving with chopped parsley and a drizzle of good extra olive oil.
Adapted from this Clay Pot Vegetable Stew.


  1. Wow this is quite similar to the chickpea stew I just shared last night for MLLA but mine is stovetop. Though my flavourings are different as I don't think I could handle all your chillis. I love the idea of throwing it all in the oven and not even having to watch it so closely as on the stovetop. Chickpeas and carrots is something I always have on hand!

    1. I see what you mean Johanna, I've been making this one for years its adapted from this recipe
      I only ever change the vegetables with what I have to hand. I do like the sound of your though, esp with the paprika so may sub the chilli in my recipe for paprika for a change.

  2. This is comfort food at its best!
    Sweet and spicy... perfect!
    Still winter here so that kind of dish suits me perfectly.

    1. Thank you Ephee. The weather is very changeable here too, the last few days have been sunny, but its likely to change again. Glad you like this. Its one of my favourites

  3. Ah this looks lovely and has such nice spices.


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