Thursday, January 9, 2014

Indian-Spiced Chickpea & Vegetable Stew

Turmeric, cumin, garam masala, and coriander are my favorite spices to cook (and bake) with. I just love the intense flavors these spices give certain dishes, especially when used together.

The secret to this soup - and, well, to most recipes using spices - is to first infuse the spices in the oil before you begin cooking everything else. Simply heating the spices for a quick 10 seconds infuses the finished product with smooth, incredible flavor (vs. the almost chalky taste spices can give a dish when added later on).

This was Z and I's favorite soup creation so far this year. So, grab a spoon and dig in!

Indian-Spiced Chickpea & Vegetable Stew | The Economical Eater

*One note: Per usual, I didn't measure the spices - I eyeballed about 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, and 1 teaspoon ground coriander. Additional pinches of spices can be added later, if needed. 

Indian-Spiced Chickpea & Vegetable Stew
Yields: 4 servings
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-Garam masala
-Ground coriander
-Pinch of cayenne
-1/2 yellow onion, diced
-3 medium carrots (or 4 small carrots), chopped
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
-1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes (preferably fire-roasted)
-2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
-1 bay leaf
-Salt and black pepper, to taste

1.) In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium to low heat. Add spices, stir, and cook only until fragrant (about 10 seconds). Add onions and carrots, and cook until softened (about 8-10 minutes).
2.) Add garlic and stir; cook just until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, vegetable broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
3.) Lower heat to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes (can simmer longer if necessary). Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary before serving.

[Print this recipe]

Indian-Spiced Chickpea & Vegetable Stew | The Economical Eater

This recipe is similar to the Spicy Chickpea and Vegetable Soup I made recently, but is packed with a whole bunch of different flavors. I loved the subtle heat from the cayenne mixed with the almost exotic flavors of the garam masala and turmeric. It doesn't hurt that this soup is super healthy, either (turmeric is one healthy spice!).

Indian-Spiced Chickpea & Vegetable Stew | The Economical Eater

The hearty texture from the carrots, tomatoes, and chickpeas also makes this one filling soup. Serve alongside some fresh bread for an extra boost of comfort.

What's your favorite soup or stew recipe to make when it's this freakin' cold outside?


  1. This looks SO cozy! I love anything with spice when it's cold out. We ordered Indian food this week :)

    1. Indian food is my absolute favorite food to order when it's cold outside!

  2. This looks so hearty! Tomato soup is my go-to.