Monday, July 22, 2019

Harissa Chickpea Stew with Yogurt Sauce

The full recipe this dish is based on has a few more components to prep, but I kept things a little simpler by pairing the flavorful chickpea stew with simple cooked grains, raw veggies, and a quick yogurt sauce -- if you want to save even more time, you could just use plain yogurt without stirring in any extras.  This makes this dish a lot easier to prepare on a weeknight without dirtying too many dishes.  The chickpea stew is hearty and delicious, and the raw veggies and yogurt lighten it up.  Yum!

Harissa Chickpea Stew with Yogurt Sauce (adapted from The Kitchn)
Serves at least 4

For the stew:
Olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp harissa paste
1 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper
2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained (about 1-1/2 cans)
14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes

To serve: 
Whole grains tossed with a little olive oil (I used half-and-half Trader Joe's quick-cooking barley and farro, but quinoa, bulger, brown rice, etc. would all be great)
Yogurt sauce (plain Greek yogurt + lemon juice + chives or other fresh herbs + S and P)
Fresh vegetables (I used thinly sliced fennel and sliced avocado; fresh herbs would also be good)

1. Heat a good glug of olive oil in a large skillet.  When it's hot, add the onion and saute until softened and lightly browned, 15-20 minutes or so.
2. Add a little more oil if the skillet needs it, and then add the garlic, cumin, harissa paste, paprika, and cinnamon.  Season with about 3/4 tsp salt and several grinds of pepper.  Cook for 1-2 minutes until the spices are a bit toasty.
3. Add the chickpeas and tomatoes, along with a bit of water if the stew seems to need it.  Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer 15-20 minutes, adding water if needed to get your desired consistency.  Taste and adjust seasoning.
4. To serve, start with a layer of grains, top with the chickpea stew, and then finish with yogurt sauce and fresh vegetables.

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