When that first fall chill hits the air, out comes my dutch oven for a big pot of stew.
This was a crockpot recipe, but I wanted to do it on the stove top because I was worried it would turn into a big pile of curry mush. I am glad I did it my way because all the vegetables turned out perfect! The curry gives it a warm comforting vibe, like a big hug from the inside.
If you use vegetable broth, this would be vegan! If you don't like one of these veggies, just leave it out or sub something else that you do like--green beans, mushrooms, zucchini, cabbage, etc. Add some shrimp or shredded cooked chicken if you have some on hand. If you like things spicy, add more cayenne or top it with hot sauce when you eat it. We ate this as a soup but it would also be delicious over rice or cous cous.
Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew
Adapted from TheKitchn
Serves 8 - 10
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
2 medium sized red potatoes
1 small sweet potato
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 of a medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
1 small head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
10-ounces baby spinach
1 cup frozen peas 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 tablespoon)
4 garlic cloves, minced 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their juices
2 cups chicken stock
2 (16-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup coconut milk
Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Saute the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the diced red potatoes and sweet potato and a tablespoon of salt. Saute until the potatoes are slightly translucent around the edges. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, red and green bell peppers and saute for another 5 minutes.
Stir in the curry, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
Pour in the stock and the tomatoes with their juices and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Let simmer for 45 minutes until the vegetables are just barely soft.
Add in the chickpeas, spinach, frozen peas, and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender, the spinach is wilted, and the chickpeas and peas are warmed through. Stir in the coconut milk, taste, and adjust seasonings. Fall comfort in a bowl!