Chickpea, Date & Sweet Potato Stew Recipe | Abel & Cole

Chickpea, Date & Sweet Potato Stew

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Serves2 people
Chickpea, Date & Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet potatoes love nothing more than cosying up with something even sweeter (don’t we all?), and in this hearty veggie stew they go in for a cuddle with toffeeish dates, spiced with ras al hanut and brightened with a squeeze or two of citrus.


  • 1 onion
  • 250g sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g dried dates
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 tsp tagine spice mix
  • 80g black olives
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 600ml boiling water
  • 150g wholewheat couscous
  • A handful of coriander, leaves only

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 25 mins

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1. Peel and finely chop the onion and sweet potato. Put a medium pan on a medium heat for 1 min, then add 1 tbsp oil, the chopped veg and a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently fry, stirring now and then, for 8 mins till the vegetables start to brown and look glossy.
2. While the vegetables fry, peel and crush the garlic. Roughly chop the dates. Finely grate the zest from the lemon and the orange. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them. Fill and boil your kettle.
3. Stir the garlic, dates and the citrus zest into the pan. Add 1 tsp tagine spice mix. Cook and stir for 1 min till the pan smells fragrant.
4. Stir in the chickpeas and olives. Crumble in the stock cube. Squeeze in the juice from half the lemon and half the orange. Pour in 300ml boiling water from the kettle. Pop on a lid, bring to the boil and then turn the heat down a little. Let the stew simmer for 15 mins, stirring now and then, till the sweet potatoes are tender and have started to break down.
5. While the stew simmers, tip the couscous into a heatproof bowl. Pour over 300ml boiling water. Cover the bowl with a plate and set aside to soak. The couscous will suck up all the water, which will ‘cook’ it.
6. Taste the stew and add a squeeze more lemon or orange juice, or a pinch more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Fluff the couscous up with a fork, draining off any excess water, and divide it between 2 warm bowls. Spoon over the stew and garnish with coriander leaves.
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