Chickpea Coriander Chicken Stew
Chickpeas are a staple ingredient in many traditional cuisines, such as African, Indian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern.
Chickpeas are highly nutritious and offer a range of essential nutrients. They are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins (such as folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin C), and minerals (including iron, magnesium, and potassium). The presence of these nutrients makes chickpeas a valuable addition to a balanced diet.
Chickpeas are widely consumed around the world, contributing to global food security and providing sustenance for millions of people. They are cultivated in various regions, including India, Pakistan, Turkey, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Australia. This widespread cultivation and consumption help ensure a stable food supply and dietary diversity in many countries.
Chickpea Coriander Chicken with Greens
4 skinless chicken thighs
1 cup canned chickpeas
4 cups Swiss chard or kale or mustard greens
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 hot pepper (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Water to cover
In a large pot add all ingredients except greens and cover with water. Cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes until the chicken is tender. Add greens and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve over rice or couscous.
Cicer arietinum or Chickpea is an important annual plant consumed all over the world. Chickpea is a highly nutritious grain legume crop and is one of the cheapest sources of protein. Chickpeas are eaten raw, roasted or boiled and processed into flour. Chickpea exports from East Africa have considerably increased over the last decade. The medium-seed chickpea kabuli variety has enabled chickpea cultivation to spread to the subtropical and tropical regions of Africa.
Chickpeas are incredibly versatile and can be used in various culinary preparations. They are a staple ingredient in many traditional cuisines, such as Indian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern. Chickpeas can be cooked and used in dishes like hummus, falafel, curries, stews, salads, soups, and even desserts. Their mild, nutty flavor and creamy texture make them a popular choice in vegetarian and vegan cooking as a substitute for meat.
Chickpeas provide numerous health benefits. Their high fiber content aids digestion, promotes satiety, and helps maintain a healthy weight. The dietary fiber also supports heart health by reducing cholesterol levels and improving blood sugar control. Additionally, the presence of various antioxidants in chickpeas contributes to their potential anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing properties.
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