Why Stews Days on Tuesdays? No reason, other than because it rhymes. Every Tuesday, look for a new stew recipe. Same place, same time.
What is it about a hearty stew that makes you feel better, especially on a cold day? For me, it’s a comfort food memory from when I was little. What about for you?
Oh, and enjoy!
2 Tbs. peanut or vegetable oil
2 cups diced yellow onion
2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (4 cups)
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (1-3/4 cups)
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (1-1/4 cups)
1 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1 small red hot chile, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, with liquid
1-1/2 cups Fresh Tomato Sauce
1 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted (optional)
Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently until soft and golden, about 15 minutes (reduce the heat to medium low, if necessary, to prevent the onion from burning). Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, and 1/2 tsp. salt; stir to coat thoroughly. Cook over medium heat , stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are barely tender, 7 to 10 minutes.
Stir in the garam masala, coriander, cumin, turmeric, chile, 1 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in the chickpeas and their liquid, the tomato sauce, coconut milk, and 2 Tbs. of the cilantro.
Raise the heat to medium high and bring the stew to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, until the eggplant and zucchini are completely tender but still hold their shape, and the sauce has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
To serve, ladle the stew into shallow rimmed bowls and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and the toasted coconut (if using).