Comfort Food: Moroccan-Inspired Lamb & Chickpea Stew

SIZE: 6 servings

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 can of white beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoon olive oil
1-1/2 lb lamb chop or shoulder cut to 1″ pieces
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 carrot, diced
3/4 tsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
5 cups beef or chicken stock
3 tomatoes chopped or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 lemons cut into wedges
2 green onions sliced
4-5 tablespoons chopped parsley
12 green olives (optional)


Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Add oil to a large, heavy pot over a medium-high heat.When the oil is shimmering, add the lamb and brown on all sides, about 4- 5 min. Remove meat from pan and set aside.

Add the onion, carrots and garlic to the pot and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper; stir for 1 minute. Add stock scraping up any brown bits from bottom of the pot. Return the lamb to the pot. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, beans bay leaf and lemon wedges to the pot. Season with about 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer 2 hours stirring occasionally until the lamb is tender. Stew will become thick.

Smash some of the beans and chickpeas on the side of the pot (or you can remove some and put them in a food processor and puree.) Add back to pot. Remove lemons. I seasoned a bit more to taste with salt and added another 1/4 tsp cayenne because we like it spicy.

Serve with crusty bread and top with fresh parsley and green onions.

First published January 2018

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."