Very easy to make in a slow cooker and tasty. I think next time I'll add garlic cloves. I skipped the peanuts but this will definitely be a new winter staple food for us!
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.
47 Reviews for Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew
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.
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.