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Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

This hearty vegetarian Moroccan chickpea stew is full of mouth watering flavours and so simple to make! This is healthy and nutritious comfort food at its best!

This chickpea stew makes the perfect easy weeknight meal and warmed up the next day can make super tasty left overs! The Moroccan inspired spices give this dish loads of delicious flavour while the lightly toasted almonds give the dish a lovely texture by adding some crunch.

Winter is here for us in Auckland and I am craving lots of warming, healthy and filling food at the moment! I do love healthy vegetarian dishes like these which are full of nutrient dense veggies, great for a healthy immune system this winter.

I have used carrots and pumpkin in this stew, both of which are high in Vitamin A well known for its antioxidant and immune enhancing properties. They bring a natural sweetness to the flavour of the stew. Butternut squash and/or sweet potato could also be used instead of pumpkin.

The chickpeas in this dish soak up the delicious aromatic spices which gives them a delicious flavour. Chickpeas are an excellent source of fibre and protein meaning they help keep you nice and full and are good sources of iron and zinc, both of which are important minerals to help keep the immune system robust this winter.

The spices are what really makes this dish come alive! A combination of ground cumin, coriander, harissa, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric and garam masala gives it a little kick and lots of mouth watering flavour. All of these warming spices are great to help keep circulation healthy and colds at bay. I have added some currants for a tiny bit of sweetness and a different texture you could also try blackcurrants, sultanas or raisins, or omit altogether if dried fruit is not your thing.

I have served this chickpea stew with brown rice but white rice, buckwheat or quinoa can be used. If you are looking for a grain free option then cauliflower rice could be used.

For other gluten free vegetarian meals you may like to try:

Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato & Lentil Soup
Loaded Lentil Salad
Gado Gado Indonesian Salad
Eggplant, Chickpea & Kale Curry

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Serves 6

Moroccan Chickpea Stew (Gluten Free & Vegan)

A full flavoured hearty Moroccan Chickpea Stew

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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5 based on 19 review(s)


  • 2 Tbspn olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1.5 cups pumpkin, cut into cubes (approx 220gm / 7.07oz)
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped (approx 136gm / 4.8 oz)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas or 1.5 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (400gm/14.5oz)chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tspn ground coriander
  • 2 tspn ground cumin
  • 2 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn harissa
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1/2 tspn paprika
  • 1/2 tspn cinnamon
  • 1 Tbspn tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 Tbspn currants
  • 1 Tbspn coconut sugar (or more if you prefer a sweeter taste)
  • 2 Tbspn fresh coriander to garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium sized pan add the olive oil and then on a low heat saute the onions and garlic for a couple of minutes until translucent.
  2. Add the spices to the pan and stir through the onions and garlic cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chopped pumpkin, carrot and chickpeas and stir through the spices and onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, cover and simmer on a medium low heat for 20 - 25 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through.
  5. While the stew is cooking place a small skillet on a medium heat and then add the sliced almonds. "Dry roast" them for a couple of minutes, turning frequently so they don't burn. Remove and set aside.
  6. After the vegetables are cooked through in the stew remove the lid, stir through the sugar, currants, salt and pepper and cook for another 2-5 minutes until stew is reduced to desired thickness. Taste and add more sugar or salt and pepper if desired.
  7. Remove from heat and place in a serving bowl, top with fresh coriander and the sliced almonds.
  8. Serve with cooked brown rice or quinoa.


I have kept this stew mild so that it is family friendly but if you like a bit of spice add 1/2 to 1/2 tspn chili powder.


gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free



217 cal


10 g


26 g


8 g
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  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    June 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm This sounds like such a bowl of goodness, I love a good stew and this looks very tasty!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      June 28, 2018 at 7:15 am Thank you Bintu!
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    Amy | The Cook Report
    June 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm I love chickpeas, especially in a Moroccan dish like this one!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      June 28, 2018 at 7:20 am Thanks Amy, chickpeas are so versatile aren't they ? :)
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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    June 27, 2018 at 11:37 pm This stew looks so rich and flavorful. I love Moroccan food, but sadly have never attempted it myself. You make it look easy!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      June 29, 2018 at 3:50 pm Thanks Lisa! This dish is so nice and easy, you really can't go too wrong and can mix up the vegetables or spices to suit your preference :)
  • Reply
    Gina H
    June 27, 2018 at 11:55 pm I LOVE your blog Chickpeas and lentils are my top 2 favorite beans to eat! This recipe looks so good. Do you think it would work if I swapped out pumpkin for sweet potatoes?
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      June 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm Thanks so much Gina for your kind words. Yes sweet potatoes would work well and can easily replace the pumpkin. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try :)
  • Reply
    June 28, 2018 at 12:12 am I love the vibrant color this has. It is such a pretty meal to serve. The chickpeas are my favorite bean we are all sure to love this version of stew. Thanks for posting
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      June 29, 2018 at 3:52 pm Thanks so much Claudia! Chickpeas are one of my favourites too! :)
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    July 3, 2018 at 2:05 pm I can imagine this would be a gorgeous warming bowl of food for a chilly night! I spent some time in New Zealand in the south island and loved its beautiful winters. It is summer here but I will be pinning to save for the colder months. Thanks for sharing :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm Thanks Anna! I am in Auckland in the North Island where it is slightly warmer (and usually wetter) than the South Island winters but is still chilly at the moment! I am jealous of your warmer weather but it is nice to enjoy cosy meals like this one :)
  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    July 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm This stew is lovely! All of those beautiful spices sound so good, I especially love recipes that use garam masala - such a yummy one!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 3, 2018 at 4:29 pm Thanks Emily! Me too - I'm a big fan of my spices!
  • Reply
    Tessa Simpson
    July 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm gosh so many amazing flavors happening in this, gorgeous spread!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 3, 2018 at 4:29 pm Thanks so much Tessa!
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    July 4, 2018 at 5:48 am Such a satisfying meal with so much flavor. It gets even better the next day as leftovers since the flavors have a chance to develop. My boys love this dish!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:51 pm Thanks so much Yvonne, yes this dish makes very good leftovers!
  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    July 4, 2018 at 6:00 am I love all the flavors combined in this stew! It sounds delicious. :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm Thank you Raia! :)
  • Reply
    Joni Gomes
    July 4, 2018 at 7:24 am Just ran out of garam masala, and now I have a reason to buy it again. This dish is calling my name!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm Thanks Joni, I hope you enjoy it :)
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    Lindsey Dietz
    July 4, 2018 at 7:45 am Garam masala is one of my favorite spice blends. It's so warming and flavorful! Perfect for a winter stew like this!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm I love it too Lindsey, it brings so much flavour to a dish :)
  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    July 4, 2018 at 10:27 am A stew like this, with Moroccan spices and legumes, is one of my favorite foods!! What a beautiful recipe!
  • Reply
    July 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm Love the flavor combo of this dish and everything comes together beautifully. Thanks for sharing !
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm Thanks ChihYu!
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    July 7, 2018 at 9:54 am Chickpeas are my favorite! This looks so comforting and delicious.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:54 pm Thanks Jean, it is a great bowl of comfort food :)
  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    July 8, 2018 at 8:50 am So many great flavors and such a great meal change up! My girls will love this!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:54 pm Thanks Renee! Let me know how you get on if they try it, my little boy loves it :)
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    Kari - Get Inspired Everyday!
    July 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm Love all the flavors going on here, the garam masala plus the harissa sounds fantastic! I've only dabbled a bit with harissa, so thanks for a great recipe to get me out of my comfort zone and use some more harissa!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm Thanks so much Kari! Yes harissa is one of those spices that can easily be forgotten to use, but can really jazz up a dish when you use it!
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    Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica
    July 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm Cannot wait to try this recipe! LOVE the flavours. On the top of my list!! Thanks!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm Thanks so much Carol! :)

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