North african squash and chickpea stew

Submitted - Ben
Views - 238
Serves - 6


2 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 large onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
100g red lentils
400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
8 saffron strands, toasted and crushed
500ml roasted tomato sauce or passata
A good handful of parsley, roughly chopped
A large bunch of coriander, roughly chopped
300g squash or pumpkin
1.2 litres vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
50g vermicelli, orzo or other small pasta
Dates, to serve (optional)


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until just starting to turn golden. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the garlic, celery, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Sauté for a couple of minutes.

Now add the lentils, chickpeas, saffron, tomato sauce or passata, parsley and about half the coriander. Cook over a low heat for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel and deseed the squash or pumpkin and cut into large cubes. Add to the pan with the stock and bay leaf. Cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes. Add the pasta and simmer until it is cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately, scattered with the remaining coriander leaves and with a few dates on the side, if you like.