Middle Eastern Chickpea & Rice Stew

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 1h 25m

6 servings, 1 1/2 cups each

The nutty goodness of slowly browned onions, spices and sweet potato are offset by a burst of fresh cilantro. Serve this hearty potage with whole-wheat pita and a salad of sliced cucumbers tossed with yogurt and a pinch of salt.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed
  • 3 cups peeled and diced sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • 2/3 cup brown basmati rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onions and cook, stirring often, until tender and well browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Add cumin and coriander and stir for about 15 seconds. Add orange juice and broth. Stir in chickpeas, sweet potato, rice and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the sweet potatoes are breaking down to thicken the liquid, about 45 minutes. Season with pepper. (The stew will be thick and will thicken further upon standing. Add more chicken broth to thin, if desired, or when reheating). Serve topped with cilantro.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7570

nutrition information per serving

345 calories; 6g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 3mg cholesterol; 390mg sodium; 61g carbohydrates; 10g fiber; 13g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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