Make it even better: Grill up a batch of polenta and pour the stew directly over it in your bowl. It becomes soft as it soaks in the taste of the stew. It is a great accompaniment with most stews. Otherwise, warm some naan and serve on the side.
Chickpea & Lentil Stew
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 chile pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped, more to taste
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin
2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup dried red lentils
1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup pitted black olives
1 tube of pre-made polenta or naan bread
Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions. Add peppers, garlic, garam masala and cumin and cook until peppers begin to soften. Combine everything in the slow cooker and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Prepare polenta 10 minutes before serving.
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* Want more FIBER in your diet?
MEAT does not contain fiber. Fruits & vegetables DO.
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Too much protein from dairy products and meats will leach
calcium from your bones.
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Cholesterol is only found in animals.