Chickpea Bread Stew

BY : PUBLISHED : August 29th, 2013 UPDATED: October 25th, 2021

When I told someone about making Lablabi, a chickpea bread stew from Tunisia, they replied with “What’s a Tunisia?”

Tunisia is a small north African nation situated next to Algeria, Libya and with a lovely Mediterranean Sea view. Lablabi is a traditional and popular dish. I am in love with chickpeas, so this was perfect to make. Normally served with eggs and over stale bread, I opted instead to serve in a sourdough bread bowl (and obviously, no egg). The recipe is traditionally served with harissa, but I didn’t have the ingredients so opted not to make it. You can use day-old bread and place at bottom of bowl before ladling stew over – it adds texture and flavor to the soup.

I pureed a 1/3 of the chickpea stew for a smoother texture but that is optional. This was good the next day, cold.

Chickpea Bread Stew

Marji Beach
Lablabi is a traditional and popular dish. I am in love with chickpeas, so this was perfect to make. Normally served with eggs and over stale bread, I opted instead to serve in a sourdough bread bowl.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 149 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 4-6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 12 ounces of chickpeas
  • 1 Tablespoon of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1-2 teaspoons of salt, to taste
  • Sourdough round loaf, top cut out
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized saucepan, cook over medium heat the olive oil, garlic, carrots, and onion. Cover for 10 minutes or until onions start becoming translucent. When the onions start getting soft, add the cumin, paprika, and salt.
  • In a separate pot, add chickpeas. Add enough water such that there is approximately 1.5' above the chickpeas. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes on medium heat. Monitor so that water is not lost.
  • When chickpeas are cooked through and soft, add the garlic, carrots, and onion to the pot.
  • Optional but encouraged: Remove 1/3 of the soup mixture and puree in food processor or blender, then add back to soup mixture.
  • Add water if consistency is not to your liking. Add salt until taste is to your liking. Before placing in bread bowl, add lemon juice and mix.
  • Ladle soup into bread bowl. Eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 855mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 8168IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bread bowl, carrots, chickpea stew, paprika, spicy chickpeas
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