Thursday, 24 November 2011

From River Cottage veg every day . . . .

. . . North African squash and chickpea stew.

This looks so delicious I've been really looking forward to giving it a go. First I gathered my ingredients together, I more or less followed the recipe, but I didn't have any tumeric, so I just went without, I used dried chickpeas (soaked overnight in cold water then boiled fiercely for 10 minutes) instead of tinned, I used plain water instead of vegetable stock and I added a tin of chopped tomatoes in place of passata.

The recipe is as follows. Heat 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil in a large saucepan, add 2 large (I used 3 medium red) onions, chopped, and saute until just starting to turn golden brown.

Add the garlic (I used puree), celery, pepper, tumeric, cinnamon and ginger, saute for a couple of minutes.

Now add the lentils, chickpeas, saffron, passata, parsley and coriander.

Cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel and deseed the squash or punpkin and cut into large cubes.

Add to the pan with the stock and bay leaf. Cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

At this stage the recipe suggests that you add some vermicelli, orzo or other small pasta, however I decided to leave that option out and just simmered for another 15 minutes or so, then served with a bread roll. It was, I can assure you, as delicious as it looks, and pretty healthy too.


Chrissy said...

Can smell it from here - it certainly looks delicious

The syders said...

Mmmmmm this looks & sounds gorgeous. Love how you have written this recipe and the photography is fab! xxx

Elaine said...

Sounds lovely.

By a strange quirk of fate, I received an advertising leaflet yesterday about 'River Cottage veg every day'. Are they good?

joy said...

Hi Elaine, I've been watching the TV series (channel 4 sunday evenings 8pm, last episode tomorrow) and some of the stuff looks so appetising I bought the book to go with the series. Both come highly recommended.
Joy xx

Fat Dormouse said...

Hello. I hope you don't mind, but I've linked to your blogspot from my blog. This is because I'm charting my journey through all (or almost all) the recipes in the River Cottage Veg Every Day book. As you have shown the recipe with lovely photos, I thought it would be best to direct my (very few) followers to your site. If it's a problem, please let me know and I'll remove the link.

I like the look of your blog and I'll be back to read it more carefully another time.