Cumin-Spiced Chickpeas and Carrots on Couscous

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup couscous, about 3/4 cup chickpea mixture, and 2 tablespoons cilantro)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 30 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 420
  • Fat: 12.8g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Protein: 12.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 64.5g
  • Fiber: 8.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 586mg
  • Calcium: 66mg

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine the first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
  2. 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
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