Stewed Chickpea with Dates & Almonds

Stewed Chickpea with Dates & Almonds
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Upgrade your health with this delicious and nutritious stew.

It comes packed with chickpeas, dates, almonds and turmeric which are all great at giving you a little health boost.

You can slow cook this recipe in order to emphasise the beautiful flavours, or if you like to have dinner ready when you get home from work.

Serves: 6

Preparation: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: Up To 7 Hours

Difficulty Level: 3/5

What You’ll Need

  • 400g tin Plum Tomatoes
  • 100g Pitted Dates, Halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of grated ginger
  • Small bunch of Coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ lemon, juiced plus small part of the zest
  • 660g large chickpeas rinsed and drained, ready to use
  • 40g flaked almonds
  • 1 small orange
  • Couscous to serve

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 370
  • Fat: 15.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.7g
  • Sugar: 20.9g
  • Fibre: 9.7g
  • Protein: 13.9g

Method

1

Preheat the slow cooker and think about how long you want to cook for, setting the heat accordingly

2

Blend up ½ of the dates and ½ the tomatoes, once it takes up a puree consistency, tip into the slow cooker and add the other half (unblended) tomatoes

3

Add garlic, onion, ginger, coriander, spices, the lemon zest and 100ml of lemon zest. Season and cook for 1-2 hours, on a high heat. If you’d prefer to cook for longer then you can turn down the temperature and cook for 4-6 hours

4

Add and stir in the remaining dates along with the chickpeas. Cook for 30 minutes more until they are warm throughout. Add the lemon juice and season once again

5

It’s ready to serve. Just add a drizzle of olive oil, toasted almonds and chopped coriander to decorate. You can also enjoy orange wedges and couscous on the side

Tip 1
We love using the slow cooker for this, but you can also simmer in a pan for an hour if you want something quicker
Tip 2
It is a good base recipe. Feel free to add chicken, experiment with spices or swap the dates for apricots for something more Moroccan
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