Fabulous recipe. I skipped the saffron too and never missed it. I made it in a regular pot instead of the slow cooker and only took couple of hours, including cooking the chickpeas. It gets better the longer you keep in fridge/freezer. I eat it plain with some corn tortillas.
Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew
From EatingWell: February/March 2006
Modeled on North African stews, this aromatic vegetarian main course can be served over brown rice or steamed spinach.
46 Reviews for Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew
I should have read these comments and increased the ginger because I didn't really taste it in the finished product. I did have the saffron on hand, but I actually found the saffron taste a little overpowering - so be stingy when you add the saffron! I actually served this tonight in pita sandwiches stuffed with spinach leaves, cilantro leaves, and the stew. It made a great little pocket! As for this recipe, with some "tweaking," I would definitely make it again.
Taking an earlier suggestion I added a couple cloves of minced garlic, increased the fresh ginger and saffron. This is the second time I have made this and the squash and garbanzo beans took longer to cook than the lentils so I cooked each one separately, for 20 minutes, in water. Then, added everything in the slow cooker. To me, this turned out perfect and took about 4 hours to cook instead of 8 and the lentils still retained their shape.
What a wonderful recipe! I loved the combination of flavors. Since I did not have any saffron, I substituted some spicy curry powder and I was very pleased with the results. I will be making this again...and again.
I've made this twice so far, and I've gotten great reviews. I'm kind of cheap, so I didn't use saffron. I added a bit of chili powder instead for a little heat and more flavor, and I'm always generous with other spices, in this case cumin, pepper, and fresh ginger. I also add two minced garlic cloves, and I skip the peanuts. This is a very filling and nutritious stew, and a great way to use my abundance of butternut squash.