Chickpea Bread Stew

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 40m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 1m

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.


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


Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

When chickpeas are cooked through and soft, add the garlic, carrots, and onion to the pot.

Step 4

Optional but encouraged: Remove 1/3 of the soup mixture and puree in food processor or blender, then add back to soup mixture.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Ladle soup into bread bowl. Eat.


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Comments (3)

  1. posted by Emma Lynn on September 11, 2013

    Anything involving chickpeas and bread and I’m in! I’ll definitely be trying this.

  2. posted by smc-3 soft starter on October 17, 2013

    these sound tasty!

  3. posted by YesBiscuit! on October 25, 2013

    I have had zero luck with soups in my life so tried this with some trepidation. But it was delicious! I don’t like cumin and although I was going to use it in this recipe, I actually found I had none so substituted curry. Out of laziness and because I find canned chickpeas are already cooked plenty well enough for me, I made this in one pot – just sauteed the veggies then poured in the chickpeas and water. Your suggestion of running some of the soup through the blender was great. Thank you.


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