in | 25 Jan 2018

The Perfect Winter Recipe: Squash and Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower Rice


Maroccan Squash and Chickpea Stew by The River Cottage

Serves 6


- 2 tablespoons coconut oil

- 2 large white onions, diced

- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

- 1 celery stalk, finely diced

- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

- ½ teaspoon ground ginger

- 100g red lentils

- 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed

- 8 saffron strands, toasted and crushed

- 500ml roasted tomato sauce or passata

- A good handful of parsley, roughly chopped

- A large bunch of coriander, roughly chopped

- 300g squash or pumpkin

- 1.2 litres vegetable stock

- 1 bay leaf



1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until just starting to turn golden. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the garlic, celery, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Sauté for a couple of minutes.

2. Now add the lentils, chickpeas, saffron, tomato sauce or passata, parsley and about half the coriander. Cook over a low heat for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, peel and deseed the squash or pumpkin and cut into large cubes. Add to the pan with the stock and bay leaf. Cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes. Add the pasta and simmer until it is cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve immediately, scattered with the remaining coriander leaves and with a few dates on the side, if you like.


Cauliflower rice by Hemsley + Hemsley

Serves 2


- 1 large cauliflower

- 1 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil

- 2 tablespoons water

- Sea salt and black pepper



1. Remove the cauliflower leaves and the tough end of the stalk. Use a food processor (the S-curved blade or grater attachment) or the coarse side of a grater to grate the cauliflower into rice-size pieces.

2. Melt the ghee or coconut oil in a wide frying pan, add the grated cauliflower with the water, and stir to mix.

3. Cook over medium heat, with the lid on, to let the grated cauliflower steam for 4 to 5 minutes until tender but still with a little bite. Check after 3 to 4 minutes to make sure there is still enough water in the bottom of the pan to stop the cauliflower from sticking.

4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.