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Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew
Spain
  -   Boronia
Serves:
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DoAhead:  
6 main  
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9 hr  
Yes

This is an excellent dish for buffet parties where there may be vegetarians. It's substantial and flavorful enough to attract omnivors while being animal-free. In Spain, however, a ham bone or salt pork might be tossed in for extra flavor - your call.





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Chickpeas
Pumpkin (1)
Potatoes (2)
Bell Pepper, grn
Tomato
Garlic
Cumin Seed
Salt
Pepper
Paprika, hot (3)
-- Garnish
Mint Leaves
Time   -   (8 hrs soak, 1 hr run (1/2 hr work))
  1. Soak CHICKPEAS overnight or about 8 hours, with water to cover and 1/2 T of salt (yes, salt - see our page Soaking / Brining Dried Beans).
  2. Drain Chickpeas and put them in your soup pot with 4 cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer until tender, about 40 minutes. You should end up with 3-1/2 cups.
  3. Measure the chickpea cooking liquid and add enough water to make up 3 cups.
  4. Peel PUMPKIN, cut into cubes about 1 inch on a side and add to the pot.
  5. Peel POTATOES, cut into cubes about 1 inch on a side and add to the pot.
  6. Cut BELL PEPPER into about 1 inch squares and add to the pot.
  7. Peel TOMATO and chop very fine. Crush GARLIC and chop fine. Add both to the pot.
  8. Grind CUMIN and add to the pot along with Salt, Pepper, and Paprika.
  9. Bring it all to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  10. Serve garnished with chopped Mint Leaves.
NOTES:
  1. Pumpkin:   Preferably use a "pumpkin" other than the orange C. pepo Halloween kind, which is not grown for flavor or texture. Canned pumpkin for pies is made from a tan or gray C. moschata variety, which will do fine, or a Kabocha or similar. For a selection see our Squash page.
  2. Potatoes:   White Rose work fine for recipes of this sort. Avoid "Gold" potatoes as they turn to mush if overcooked a little. For details see our Potatoes page.
  3. Paprika:   Please, real Spanish or Hungarian paprika, not that sawdust flavored stuff they sell in the supermarkets.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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