Stewed Chickpeas are a traditional dish of Mediterranean cuisine and are known for their soft, comforting flavor and texture. With roots dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, this dish has evolved and adapted to different cultures and regions over the centuries.
In its most basic form, stewed chickpeas consist of cooked chickpeas mixed with vegetables, spices, and olive oil. However, there are many variations of this recipe that include different combinations of vegetables and spices, making it perfect for customizing to your tastes.
If you're ready to prepare a traditional version of this delicious recipe, there are some things to keep in mind at the end of this post.
With these quality ingredients and a bit of love, we're sure your dish of stewed chickpeas will be a success and leave you wanting more.
Ingredients for Stewed Chickpeas for 2 people
- 500 grams of pre-cooked canned chickpeas
- 500 milliliters of water
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1 ripe tomato
- 1/2 green pepper
- 50 milliliters of olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 stock cube or a pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
How to make the recipe Stewed Chickpeas
- To start, heat some oil in a pan and add the peeled and whole garlic, along with a piece of stale bread from the previous days. Cook the ingredients until they are golden.
- Then, remove the garlic and bread from the pan and place them in a mortar. Add a bit of salt, sweet paprika, and a bit of water and grind until you get a smooth paste. Reserve.
- In the same pan, add the chopped onion and peppers and brown them for about 10 minutes. Add the chopped tomato and mix. If you want, you can add other vegetables, like carrot or potatoes but keep in mind that the cooking time will be longer.
- Add water, the stock cube, the bay leaf, and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Then, add the mortar paste that you made with the garlic initially, also add the drained chickpeas and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Finally, adjust the salt and serve the stewed chickpeas. This dish is a source of energy, vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients, in addition to being easy and quick to make.
Notes and Tips
Cook the vegetables until they are soft: The vegetables should be cooked until they are soft, but not too soft. If you cook them too much, they will fall apart and lose their texture.
Play with the spices: This dish is perfect for playing with different combinations of spices. Try different mixes of cumin, paprika, pepper, and salt until you find the perfect combination for you.
Serve hot: Stewed chickpeas are best when served hot, so make sure to heat them up before serving.
Trick: If you want to give your stewed chickpeas an extra touch of flavor, try adding a bit of chicken or vegetable broth. This will give it an extra flavor and make the chickpeas softer and creamier.