Turkish Chickpea & Potatoes
This Turkish chickpeas & potatoes were a side dish for our Goat Stew. I saw this recipe and it was referred to as a stew. I think of stew with some more liquid in the dish. I think of the consistency of this dish is more of a paste. Not withstanding the question of is this a stew or is this or a paste, this Turkish Chickpea & Potatoes are awesome.
The main spice in this dish is a known as a Baharat. Baharat is a mixture of cumin, coriander, mint, black pepper, clove, nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon and paprika. This is one time that I bought the spice already combined. You have heard in recent posts about the Evanston Spice House. They have so many exotic spices. In my Goat Stew, I used Ras El Hanout. You can find so many different spices here if you like to cook exotic dishes. Check it out if you live anywhere near Evanston.
As I wrote the other day, this meal was prepared for some really good friends of my wife and mine. These friends are also great cooks themselves. It is so fun to cook for these friends and have these friends also share in the cooking. They are so willing to explore different foods as I am. So they are always game to try anything. They know when they are invited over, the question is not what can I bring but what is the theme.
- 2 Tbsp grape seed oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- Sea salt
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons Turkish baharat
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- fifteen-ounces crushed tomatoes
- 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
- Over medium heat slowly cook the diced unions until they start to soften. Add the garlic and cook for another one minute.
- Then add the tomato paste and cook until it starts to brown. This brings out a natural sweetness.
- Stir constantly when the tomato paste is added.
- Add the Baharat and the cayenne and cook for a minute.
- Add the vegetable stock and mix.
- Add potatoes and cook until they are just tender. This will take 10 - 15 minutes.
- Add in the chick peas and cook for another 15 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tomato Paste Added.
Crushed Tomatoes Added.