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Cumin-Spiced Chickpeas and Carrots on Couscous

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup couscous, about 3/4 cup chickpea mixture, and 2 tablespoons cilantro)


  • 1/2 cup organic vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup julienne-cut carrots
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups warm cooked couscous (about 2 cups dry)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 420
  • fat 12.8 g
  • satfat 0.9 g
  • monofat 6.7 g
  • polyfat 3.2 g
  • protein 12.7 g
  • carbohydrate 64.5 g
  • fiber 8.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 586 mg
  • calcium 66 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.

  2. Dry chickpeas thoroughly in a single layer on paper towels. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat, and swirl to coat. Add chickpeas to pan, and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove chickpeas from pan with a slotted spoon; wipe pan clean with a paper towel. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add bell pepper, carrots, and jalapeño to pan, and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until vegetables are slightly tender. Add cumin seeds and the next 5 ingredients (through garlic) to pan, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add reserved broth mixture and chickpeas. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat. Serve over couscous, and top with cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

  3. Wine Match: The light and lively Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2010 ($14) pairs perfectly with this dish's bold spices. Floral aromas and a hint of sweetness temper the fiery jalapeño and red pepper. --Scott Jones