Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Turkish Squash & Chickpea Stew

As part of my Turkish cookery challenge for Ainsley Harriott's SoupSearch competition, I got a butternut squash, a tin of chick peas, some sweet potatoes, and a packet of apricots. Making a spicy stew seemed like the obvious next step, so I invented the following Turkish-inspired dish, along with menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs).

We only had half an hour of cooking time, so I chopped the vegetables into really small pieces, to make sure they cooked through and absorbed the flavour of the spices. But if you don't have a time limit, you could chop them into bigger chunks and cook for longer.

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Squash & Chickpea Stew Recipe

2tbsp olive oil
1/2 butternut squash
1 large sweet potato
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tin chickpeas
100ml vegetable stock
2tbsp tomato puree
½ cup dried apricot pieces
2tsp sumac
1tsp ground cumin
2tbsp sesame seeds
1tbsp fresh thyme
2tbsp fresh mint

  1. Chop the squash and sweet potato into 1cm cubes. Finely chop the onion, and quarter the apricots.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep pan and fry the butternut squash for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, sesame seeds, and sweet potato, and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes until the stock has mostly evaporated.
  5. Garnish with an extra sprinkle of sesame seeds and a sprig of mint.

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Rachel said...

Always on the look out for vegan recipes to deal with our vegan friends - this looks like a good one. I do hope you win!

Jenny Woolf said...

Inspired - I will be making this. And I love butternut squash!

christine said...

sounds delicious:) Sadly my butternut squash plants only managed one flower between them, the summer has been so erratic, so I'm still having to buy them:(

Stephanie V said...

Yum! Going to look for some sumac now. All part of the adventure.

Charlotte Klein said...

Must try this recipe~perfect season for butternut squash! XOXO and hope you win!!! You'd be perfect for this competition!

Mommy's Always Write said...

Yum! Sounds delicious - and seems simple enough to make. Glad I found this recipe through Sharefest - I will definitely be giving it a try!

Kristiina said...

YUM. This looks delish, I can't imagine you wouldn't win. Going to vote now.

carma said...

I made a chickpea stew a few years ago. It took my digestive system quite a few days to recover. Guess the key is to not overdo the eating of the chickpea stew.

BTW, that is a great photo of you! I don't know how you manage to keep up w/all that you've got going on

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