Moroccan sweet potato stew

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Chopped onion
2 \N Cloves garlic, minced
\N \N Water, as needed
1 teaspoon Turmeric
¾ teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Curry powder
½ teaspoon Cumin
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon Salt, or less
½ teaspoon Black pepper
6 cups Sweet potatoes, cubed
1 cup Chopped red bell pepper
2 cups Chopped eggplant, peel (optional)
½ cup Water, or broth
15 ounces Garbanzo beans, cooked
16 ounces Low-salt tomatoes, chopped
½ cup Raisins
\N \N Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

SPICE BLEND

STEWING VEGETABLES

Prepare the vegetables as noted. Combine onions and garlic in a large saucepan and cook, covered, over low heat until tender, about 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent. Add a little water or vegetable broth as needed to prevent scorching. Measure spices into a bowl: the turmeric thru black pepper. Stir in the spice blend and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the potatoes, bell pepper, eggplant and water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Add the garbanzos, tomatoes and raisins and simmer, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 35 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro before serving.

CALS 324 (0 CHOL; 2 G FAT)

705 MG SODIUM (publisher's estimate) PREPARE VEG: Potatoes: 2 or 3, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes (2-½ pounds); Use sweet potatoes, yams, yukon golds, etc.

Red Bell Pepper: 1 medium, core and coarsley chop (1 cup); use raw. See Judy's note.

Eggplant: 1 small (about). Jab peel with fork; cut into 2-inch cubes (2 cups).

Garbanzo beans (or chickpeas): cooked/canned. Rinsed (about 2 cups) Tomatoes: canned, chopped; with juice (about 2 cups).

Raisins: black or golden.

Cilantro or other fresh herb like lemon basil, mint, Italian parsley, watercress, etc.

+Judy's version: sweet potatoes, whole tomatoes (chopped), omit garbanzos, a 7-oz jar of "fire-roasted" red peppers, rinsed.

+Pat's version: as written except yams; lemon slices.

Recipe by: LA Times /King Sydication /1997 Jan /Judy Posted to Digest eat-lf.v097.n037 by PATh <phannema@...> on Feb 07, 1997.

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