Tomato Chickpea Stew

So simple and so delicious. If you aren’t making your beans from scratch, this recipe will take 5 minutes from start to finish. That’s it! This stew is usually served alongside a traditional Afghan rice dish, but that’s optional. I could easily eat this on its own, it’s that filling.

Seriously though, make this. Tonight. Five minutes. Done.

The great thing about making this dish is that you can add any vegetable to it you’d like. Some add potatoes, others add cauliflower, others add eggplant. Fresh tomatoes work great and if you don’t have any on hand, tomato paste will do just fine.

Want to make a delicious and comforting Afghan rice dish to pair with your chickpea stew? Just click here for the blog post and recipe.

Tomato Chickpea Stew

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free

Yield: 3 cups (4 servings)

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Total Time: 30 min


2 Tbsp (30mL) vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 cup (200g) dry chickpea, soaked overnight (3 cups cooked or 2 x 15oz cans)

1 red chili pepper, diced (optional)

1 tsp (5g) cumin

2 Tbsp (30g) tomato paste (or 1-2 whole fresh tomatoes, chopped)

1 tsp (5g) cinnamon


  1. Add all ingredients (except the tomato paste) to a medium pot and add 2 cups water

  2. Allow to come to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover partially while stirring occasionally.

  3. The dish should be ready after 25-30 minutes. Taste test. If cooked, add the tomato paste at this stage. Serve while hot and enjoy!


Add all ingredients to the pot at once including 1/2 cup water. Cook at a soft boil for 5-10 minutes, partially covered. Serve and enjoy!


  1. More onions tastes better - feel free to add an extra one if you are an onion lover too!

  2. If cooking beans from dry, don’t add the tomato paste until the end or chickpeas take longer to cook.

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❤ Sadia

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