This Black-Eyed Pea, Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew Will Warm Up Any Winter Day

Irish chef & TV personality By Darina Allen
Irish chef & TV personality
Darina Allen is Ireland’s best known cook and a best-selling author who presented nine series of her cookery programme, *Simply Delicious*, on television in Ireland. She is a passionate and committed teacher, and her awards have included Good Food Ireland’s Cookery School of the Year, José Navarro Foundation Award at the Green Awards, and IACP Cooking Teacher of the Year.
Black Eyed Pea, Pumpkin, and Chickpea Stew

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One of the very best vegetarian one-pot dishes! What's not to like about black-eyed peas, chickpeas, and pumpkin with lots of spices? It's delicious on its own but equally good with a roast chicken or a few lamb chops. You can also eat this dish with flatbreads or rice pilaf, if you prefer.

No matter how you prepare the dish, you'll have a cozy winter meal on your hands.

Black-Eyed Pea, Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew

Serves 6

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Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 x 1-inch cinnamon stick 
  • 5½ ounces onions, chopped (about 1⅓ cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced approx. ⅛ inch thick (about 4 cups) 
  • 1 pound pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut in ¾-inch cubes
  • 14 ounces fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 1 x 14-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound (about 3 cups) cooked black-eyed peas, strained (reserving the cooking liquid)
  • 8 ounces (about 1⅔ cups) cooked chickpeas, strained (reserving the cooking liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

For the mint yogurt:

  • 1⅓ cups plain yogurt 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves 
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Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. When it is hot, put in the cumin seeds and the cinnamon stick. Let them sizzle for 5 to 6 seconds, then add the onions and garlic.
  2. Stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes until the onion is just beginning to color at the edges. Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms wilt, then add the pumpkin or squash, tomatoes, ground coriander, cumin and turmeric, a pinch of sugar, and the cayenne.
  3. Cook for 1 minute, stirring, then cover with a lid and cook over gentle heat for 10 minutes. 
  4. Turn off the heat and tip in the drained beans and chickpeas. Add the salt and pepper, together with 2 tablespoons of the cilantro.
  5. Pour in scant ⅔ cup of the bean cooking liquid and ⅔ cup of the chickpea liquid (or 1¼ cups of vegetable stock if you've used canned pulses). Return to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans and chickpeas are tender. 
  6. To make the mint yogurt, combine the yogurt with the chopped mint in a bowl.
  7. Remove the cinnamon stick from the pan before serving, and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro. Spoon into serving bowls and top with a dollop of the mint yogurt. Accompany with a good green salad and rice, if you wish.

Recipe excerpted from One Pot Feeds All by Darina Allen, Kyle Books 2020.

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