SWEET POTATO, CHICKPEAS & HARISSA STEW

I sometimes crave things that I have never eaten, you probably wonder how that's possible but my brain makes up some recipes in my head and sends me an imaginary message of what it would taste like. The only way for me to eat these imaginary dishes is to make them and hope that it will turn out the way my brain imagined it and to be honest that's how I come up with 70% of my recipes. This recipe is what I craved last week and decided to try and make it, I wanted something like a Moroccan stew with Harissa and Sweet Potato. I am so happy with how this recipe turned out and I've already made it twice! The smell when you cook this is incredible, the colour is so rich and it's unbelievably tasty, all you need is some fresh herbs sprinkled on top for extra taste. This also happen to be vegan, gluten free and dairy free so everyone can join the party !

Serves: 4  Prep time: 10 mns                   Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 Kg of Sweet Potatoes
  • 200 Grs of Chickpeas (dried chickpeas soaked overnight or organic chickpeas in water)
  • Half a teaspoon of Sumac
  • Half a teaspoon of Chilli powder
  • Half a teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Half a teaspoon of Cumin
  • Half a teaspoon of Ras el Hanout 
  • 2 Big Garlic cloves or 4 Small ones
  • 100ml of Olive Oil
  • 300ml of Passata
  • 500ml of Hot water
  • 2 Teaspoons of Harissa
  • Fresh Coriander & Parsley (Optional)
  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut in chunks 
  2. Add all the spices to the olive oil in a cup and mix to obtain a dark red paste
  3. Crush the Garlic and put in the pot 
  4. Turn the heat to medium
  5. Poor immediately the Olive oil and spices mix 
  6. Cook the garlic for few seconds, don't let it burn as it will give a bitter taste to the stew
  7. Poor the Passata and mix well
  8. Add the Harissa 
  9. Time to add the Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas 
  10. Cover with water and put a lid on 
  11. Turn the heat to high for 10 mins and lower it for another 10 mins
  12. Once the Sweet potatoes are tender and the stew has thickened, it's ready to be served
  13. Sprinkle some fresh Coriander and Parsley

Note*: You can find Sumac, Ras El Hanout and Harissa in any Ottolenghi deli, Tesco, Waitrose and Green Valley on Edgeware Road x