Pumpkin - Chickpea Stew With Couscous

Day 5 BM #56 - 

Here is a delightful Middle Eastern dish (typically Moroccan) which is as comforting as it is nutritious.
Courtesy this recipe, I bought couscous after a really long time and realized how much I love it :).

Recipe Inspiration here
Ingredients - 
For the Stew - 
Olive Oil 2 tsp
Onions, chopped 1/2 cup
Garlic, grated 2-3 cloves
Celery, finely chopped 1 stalk
Carrot, peeled n chopped 1/2 cup
Bay leaf, crushed 1/2 tsp
Pumpkin, peeled and chopped 2 cups
Vegetable broth/Water 3-4 cups
Chickpeas, soaked, drained and cooked 2 cups
Salt and Pepper as needed
Parsley/Cilantro for garnish
For Couscous - 
Couscous 1 1/2 cups
Water 1 1/2 cups
Salt 1/2 tsp
Parsley/Cilantro for garnish

Pumpkin - Chickpea Stew With Couscous

Method Of Preparation -
For the Stew -  In a heated pan, add oil, saute the garlic and onions. Add in the chopped celery and carrot.

Saute for a couple of minutes.

Add in the chopped pumpkin and vegetable stock/water.

Cover and let it simmer until the pumpkin is cooked through. It takes approximately 12 minutes.

Add half of the chickpeas and transfer the simmering soup into a blender. 

Blend into a fine puree and pour it back into the pan along with the remaining chickpeas.

Sprinkle salt, pepper and any other herbs (if using).

Let it simmer for a few more minutes. Adjust the consistency by adding as much water as needed.

Remove from heat and serve.

For Couscous - 
Boil 1 1/2 cups of water and in a wide water resistant bowl, add the water and couscous. Add as much salt as needed keeping in mind that the stew also has salt in it. 

Cover and set aside for 4-5 minutes. [I was in a hurry so after a couple minutes, I microwaved for a minute and fluffed it with a fork].

Serve it with the stew for a filling meal.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56

Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 5-6


  1. I like the whole set up.Everything looks delicious.A beautiful middle eastern feast.

  2. Wonderful combo ! Moroccon cuisine is so close to Indian and the flavors are absolutely delicious.

  3. Kalyani Says:
  4. I made a similar curry for Morocco. and one of the options with the curry was couscous... this looks totally divine. I like the pics :-))

  5. Kalyani Says:
  6. I made a similar curry for Morocco. and one of the options with the curry was couscous... this looks totally divine. I like the pics :-))

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Its been a while i cooked chickpeas in stew, this pumpkin and chickpeas stew sounds wonderful to serve along with couscous, lovely dishes there.

  9. preeti garg Says:
  10. Love your Moroccan curry version, simple and delicious
    Check my recipes @ www.simplytadka.com

  11. beautifully presented n nice combo

  12. Nice combo & couscous must have tasted awesome with pumpkin chickpeas stew.

  13. Wonderful recipe.

  14. Srivalli Says:
  15. What a fantastic meal you got there Harini..never cooked Couscous..though its been on my list for a while..

  16. Sandhiya Says:
  17. Never cooked any morocco dish before.. Sounds interesting..Bookmarked this.

  18. Have never used couscous. After looking at all the couscous posts I am tempted. The stew and couscous combo looks delicious..

  19. Delicious Couscous. I love to have this as my dinner.

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. What a lovely combo Harini. Chickpea stew looks delicious.

  22. Archana Says:
  23. Wow what a beautiful combo and spread. Love it.

  24. Suma Gandlur Says:
  25. I have a feeling that I would love that stew. It sounds so comforting and looks real colorful.

  26. love the bright color of this stew and is uses all of my fave ingredients

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