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Moroccan Chickpea stew

Update: Starting this post, I will try and list the places where you can procure ingredients that feature in the recipe, if it is not a regular pantry item. Since I am currently located in Hyderabad, I will be featuring places from this city, and the areas I am familiar with. Readers are welcome to


  • 1/2 cup chickpeas dried
  • 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil , plus more for garnish
  • 1 onion large , thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic , crushed roughly
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 3 cups 2 3 cups water Maggie Vegetable stock plus cubes Super seasoning or
  • Salt
  • black pepper Freshly ground


  • Drain the chickpeas - cover with 2 cups water and pressure cook for 10 minutes, till soft but not mushy. Keep aside.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil. Saute the onion and garlic on a low flame till soft and cooked, around 7-8 minutes.
  • Add the spice powders, chopped tomatoes, boiled chickpeas with water and seasoning cubes.
  • Taste before adding salt as the seasoning cubes contain salt.
  • Simmer for 7-8 minutes on low flame for the chickpeas to absorb the flavours and the tomatoes to cook.
  • Add the roughly chopped greens. These will wilt in a couple of minutes.
  • Grind some black pepper on the top and serve hot / warm with bread or couscous.
  • For directions on How to Prepare Couscous, check my post on Couscous with roasted Vegetables.


**Places to buy couscous in Hyderabad**
  • SPAR - Begumpet
  • QMart - Road 2, Banjara Hills
  • Hypercity - Inorbit Mall, Cyberabad
Places to buy gourmet breads in Hyderabad
  • Deli 9, various outlets
  • Sweet Nirvana Patisserie, Madhapur
  • Beyond Coffee, Road 36 Jubilee Hills