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Fragrant Chickpea Stew

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  4 servings, about 1 cup each
When time is of the essence, this hearty stew makes a quick meal. It has a complex, almost beefy flavor that develops when the onion and garlic are cooked until dark brown. Accompany with steamed rice or whole-wheat flatbreads (chapatis).

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
1 tablespoon  canola oil
1 teaspoon  cumin seeds
1   medium red onion, chopped (1 cup)
5 medium cloves  garlic, minced
1 tablespoon  coriander seeds, ground (see Ingredient Note)
1 cup  water
1   red potato, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 19-ounce or 15-ounce can  chickpeas, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/2 teaspoon  coarsely ground pepper
2 tablespoons  finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1   medium tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes

Ingredient Note: Coriander seeds are tiny and yellowish brown; they are produced when cilantro is allowed to seed. They smell slightly citric. Their flavor does not resemble, in any way, that of cilantro.
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Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook cumin seeds for 10 seconds. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until dark brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add coriander; cook, stirring, for 20 seconds. Stir in water, potato, chickpeas, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the potato is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add tomato, increase heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings, about 1 cup each
Calories: 255
Sodium: 703mg
Fiber: 8g
Carbohydrates, Total: 45g
Protein: 9g
% Cal. from Fat: 21%
Fat. Total: 6g
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Rating: 5
by: Heather Reviewed: 06/25/2010
We have made this stew several times now, and it never disappoints. It's easy to make, healthy and tasty — what more could you ask for?
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