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Eliza’s Chickpea Stew with Coconut and Turmeric


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A delicious stew with chickpeas, spices, coconut milk and greens.


¼ c. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, finely chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 ½ tsp. ground turmeric, plus more for serving
5 ml1 tsp. red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 (15 oz.) cans full-fat coconut milk
470 ml2 c. vegetable stock
1 bunch chard, kale or collard greens or spinach, stems removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
240 ml1 c. mint leaves, for serving
Yogurt, for serving (optional)
Toasted pita, lavash or other flatbread, for serving (optional)


1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and ginger. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until onion is translucent and starts to brown around the edges, 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Add turmeric, red pepper flakes and chickpeas and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, so the chickpeas sizzle and fry a bit until they have started to break down and get a little browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside about a cup of chickpeas for garnish.

3. Add coconut milk and stock to the remaining chickpeas in the pot. Bring to a simmer, scraping up any bits that have formed on the bottom of the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until stew has thickened and flavors have started to come together, 30 to 35 minutes.

4. Add greens and stir, making sure they’re submerged in the liquid. Cook a few minutes to wild and soften, 3 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper again if needed.

5. Divide among bowls and top with mint, reserved chickpeas, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a good drizzle of olive oil. Serve with yogurt and pita if desired. Dust the yogurt with turmeric if you like.


Eliza keeps experimenting with this in the direction of less liquid: adding another can of chickpeas, using only one can of coconut milk, or leaving out the vegetable stock. Feel free to adjust to get the thickness you want.

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