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Spicy Moroccan Chickpeas

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams
Total time 40 mins
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup chickpea mixture, 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1 1/2 teaspoons mint, 1 tablespoon almonds, and 1/2 cup couscous)
This Spicy Moroccan Chickpeas recipe will not disappoint. One online reviewer says, "Excellent! Made this for a dinner party and served with hummus and pita."

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout (Moroccan spice blend) or garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 6 cups escarole, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted whole almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups hot cooked couscous

Nutrition Information

  • calories 406
  • fat 12.7 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 8.1 g
  • polyfat 2.4 g
  • protein 12.6 g
  • carbohydrate 62.8 g
  • fiber 9.6 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3.8 mg
  • sodium 512 mg
  • calcium 127 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove garlic from pan using a slotted spoon; discard or reserve for another use. Add onion and next 6 ingredients (through cinnamon stick) to pan; sauté for 7 minutes or until the onion is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup water, rind, juice, chickpeas, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in escarole; simmer for 1 minute or until escarole wilts. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cilantro and mint; top with almonds. Serve over couscous.