North African Spiced Bean Stew
with sweet potatoes / lentils / chard
- Paprika - 2 tsp
- Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
- Cumin - 1 tsp
- Turmeric, ground (opt) - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
- Allspice (opt) - 1/4 tsp
- Sweet potatoes - 12 oz, peeled and diced
- Turnips - 6 oz, peeled and diced
- Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
- Onions, medium - 1, diced
- Chard, any type - 6 oz, leaves and stems chopped and separated
- Pita bread - 4 rounds, wedges
- Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
- Stock, any type - 5 cups
- Lentils, uncooked red - 1/2 cup (sub any color lentils)
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
- Yogurt, plain or Greek - for serving
Make spice mix - Combine paprika, coriander, cumin, turmeric, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Pita - Slice pita into wedges.
Beans - Drain and rinse.
Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then turnips, onions, and chard stems. Saute until onions are soft, 3 to 4 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste, garlic, and spice mix. Saute for 1 minute.
Pour stock over soup base and bring to a simmer. Add in sweet potatoes, lentils, and chard leaves.
Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender and lentils are fully cooked, ~15 minutes. (Note: If not using red lentils, check the package for recommended cook time.)
Remove lid and stir in beans. Simmer for 2 minutes more.
Remove stew from heat and stir in lemon juice. Season with some salt.
Toast pita wedges.
Serve stew with yogurt on top and pita wedges on the side.
This was a flavorful recipe! I used a stick blender to partially blend the soup for a thicker stew-like consistency, and found it even better the next day. I'd recommend something crunchy on top, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, etc., just for a bit of a change in consistency, and always add a bit more lime to brighten things up.2 Helpful
Great flavored soup that ages well. Easy to make ahead. Happy to see it in the rotation.0 Helpful
Amazing flavor. Will for sure make this again. But will add in the lentils before the other stuff because they got mushy. Lentils took like 40 mins to get cooked. And I’ll do 1 cup of lentils. Used frozen chopped sweet potatoes. Added red pepper flakes.0 Helpful
Good - but not spectacular.0 Helpful
Loved this recipe. Didn’t have chard so I used Kale instead and it was still yummy.0 Helpful
Was surprised at how tasty this was. Kids didn't like it as much as the adults did, but still ate their dinner. Husband added more heat/spice to his.0 Helpful
Good flavor. Used more stock and sweet potatoes needed to cook longer0 Helpful