Recipe: Ethiopian-Style Chickpea Stew

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Start a new family tradition in the new year, gathering around the table with a delicious and heart-warming Ethiopian style chickpea stew.

The Vitamin C in chickpeas functions as a powerful antioxidant and helps protect cells against free radical damage.

Chickpeas are also a good source of Selenium, which helps the enzymes of the liver to function properly and detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Selenium also prevents inflammation and decreases tumor growth rates.

Chickpeas additionally contain folate, which plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair, and so helps prevent the formation of cancer cells from mutations in the DNA. Saponins, phytochemicals present in chickpeas, prevent cancer cells from multiplying and spreading throughout the body.

Additionally, the high amount of fiber in chickpeas, as well as other legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, is associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.

The flavorful spices in this recipe, such as cardamom, are powerful phytonutrients and are especially high in manganese, a trace mineral that helps the body form connective tissue.

Every spoonful is filled with cancer-fighting benefits for you, and your family.

Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan


2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), rinsed
and drained
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground fenugreek (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks


1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Stir to combine paprika, salt, allspice, black pepper, cardamom,
cloves, coriander, cayenne, fenugreek (optional) and ginger in a small bowl; set spice
mixture aside.

2. Toss chickpeas with a tablespoon of the oil on a large rimmed baking sheet and spread out
in a single layer. Roast chickpeas, stirring occasionally until somewhat dried out and just
golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes; set aside.

3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a pot over medium heat.

4. Add garlic, onion and chopped ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and
golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes.

5. Stir in your spice mixture and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until spices are toasted and very fragrant about 2 minutes.

6. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook 2 minutes more.

7. Stir in broth, potatoes, carrots and reserved chickpeas and bring to a boil.

8. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until potatoes and carrots are just tender, about 20

9. Uncover pot and simmer until stew is thickened and potatoes and carrots are very tender, about 25 minutes more.

10. Ladle stew into bowls and enjoy.