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Spicy Chickpea-Potato Stew
“A trio of fresh garnishes—cilantro, onions and cucumbers—balances the spiciness of this chickpea and potato stew. Make it a meal: Warm whole-wheat tortillas make a nice accompaniment. ”
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed, divided
¾ cup water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (1 tablespoon)
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoons ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
12 ounces tomatoes, preferably plum tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 pound potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold, peeled and cut into 1½-inch cubes (4-5 potatoes)
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1Place ¾ cup of the chickpeas and water in a blender or food processor and process until smooth; set aside.
2Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add chopped onion, garlic and jalapeno and saute until the onion is lightly browned on the edges, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and turmeric and stir to distribute evenly. Add tomatoes and the reserved chickpea puree; bring to a boil. Add potatoes, reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the potatoes are nearly done, 15 to 20 minutes.
3Stir in the remaining chickpeas. Simmer, covered, until the potatoes are tender (but not mushy) and the stew is heated through, another 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and ground red pepper. Serve garnished with cucumber slices, red onion rings and cilantro.