Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Moroccan-inspired chickpea and tomato stew is also the kind of dish I would be happy to come back home to. It’s easy to make, filling and comforting and if you are a fan of my Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Stew I made last year, be sure to try this one out too.

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Moroccan chickpea stew is an easy, delicious and filling dish that makes an ideal weekday dinner or post-exercise recovery meal. It's vegan and gluten-free.



  • 2 tbsp / 30 ml oil (I used olive oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 5 cups peeled and diced tomatoes OR 2 x 400 g / 14 oz tins of tomatoes
  • 3 tsp baharat spice
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • ¼-½ tsp cayenne pepper or hot chilli powder, adjust to taste
  • ¾ tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 medium sweet potato (300 g / 0.65 lb), cubed
  • 2 tbsp dried barberries or blackcurrants
  • 10 black Kalamata olives, pitted
  • A handful of almonds, sliced
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • Cooked couscous or quinoa, to serve with


  1. Chop almonds diagonally. Put a small frying pan on a medium heat and dry roast almonds until lightly browned and fragrant. Make sure you move them around the pan frequently as they burn easily.
  2. Heat up the oil in a large frying pan (ideally with a lid). Add chopped shallots and fry on a low heat until almost translucent, stirring from time to time.
  3. Add chopped garlic. Keep on stirring frequently until the onion is translucent and garlic softens completely and releases its beautiful aroma.
  4. Add all the ground spices to the fried shallots and garlic mixture and stir them around well. Fry them off gently for a minute or two stirring the whole time as they burn easily.
  5. Add tomato paste to the pan and stir it into the shallot and garlic mixture.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes, sweet potato cubes, salt and add half of the sugar to the pan. Cover the pan with a lid to cook chopped sweet potato. After about 12 minutes of simmering, take the lid off and let the sauce thicken by simmering it slowly, without the lid. Give the sauce a good stir from time to time.
  7. Once the sauce thickens, taste it and season with some black pepper and more sugar if needed.
  8. Finally, stir in cooked chickpeas, olives and currants and let them warm through. Serve over rice, quinoa or couscous, topped with toasted almonds and chopped parsley.

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