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Enjoying the Indian Summers in British Autumn- Moroccan Chickpea Casserole

Living so many years in Britain, I discovered a new term ‘Indian Summers’, What?  But it was for real. I experienced the Indian summers in the midst of autumn here. Its only when I thought, it was changing from summers to autumn, and preparing for the wardrobes to change to winter wears, I realised it was time to dig out my summery clothes again, nonetheless it was absolutely welcome. I couldn’t have let gone the beautiful Indian Weather, and it took only a couple of minutes for me and my friend to decide to go to the waterfalls in Brecon.
 The amble through the caves and waterfalls was completely spectacular and captured our hearts. I arrived back home, feeling invigorated and rejuvenated.  What could my revitalized and revived mind cooked for dinner? The Moroccan chickpea casserole was a supreme delicacy to put in some supplementary relish to life with the sparkle of the sultanas and newness bursting from the lemon zest and the protein packet chickpeas with flavours of vegetables!

1 tablespoon of butter,
1 large onion chopped,
1 carrot, chopped,
1 courgette, chopped,
2 cloves of garlic crushed,
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon,
½ teaspoon ground turmeric,
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper,
1 can diced tomatoes,
2 cups vegetable stock,
1 tsp sea salt,
½ cup apricots,
¼ cup sultanas,
Zest of 1 lemon,
Fresh coriander to garnish

Freshly cooked rice to serve

Soak the apricots in hot water. Heat a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Tip in the onion and carrot and cook covered for 5 minutes, or until softened. Tip in the chopped courgette, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, salt, cayenne, tomatoes and the vegetable stock and salt. Bring down the heat and simmer it for 30 minutes covered stirring occasionally.
Chop the apricots and add the apricots, raisins, lemon zest, and chickpeas to the vegetable mixture and cook 5 minutes longer, or until hot and the flavours are assimilated.  Serve with hot rice, garnished with fresh coriander.

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Nandita said...

This sounds like an very interesting with this dish....i love the combination of apricots n chickpeas...dying to taste this now!

IPS Khurana said...

tasty...mouth watering !
keep it ready me coming soon !

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