A Surprisingly Delicious Indian Fusion meal
Sometimes the best dishes come to life when we experiment in the kitchen, combining flavors from different cuisines to create something unique and delicious. In this blog post, I want to share my culinary adventure of creating a Spicy Harissa Fish and Chickpea Stew. This dish not only blends the rich and fiery North African flavors of Harissa paste but also incorporates Indian spices to add an exciting twist. The result? A hearty and flavorful meal that even my son, who's not a fan of fish or chickpeas, couldn't resist. And the best part? It can easily be transformed into a vegan chickpea stew by omitting the fish. Let's dive into the details of this surprising culinary delight.
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Harissa, with its origins in Tunisia, is a spice that has made its way into the hearts and kitchens of food enthusiasts worldwide. It's known for its fiery kick and complex flavor profile, typically composed of chili powder, garlic, oil, citrus, and a blend of other spices. Harissa is incredibly versatile and can be used as a dip, condiment, or an essential ingredient in stews. Its unique taste adds depth and excitement to any dish, making it an excellent choice for experimenting with new recipes.
To infuse some Indian flair into this dish, I decided to incorporate Anar curry powder and a selection of other Indian spices. This addition not only amplifies the flavors but also creates a fusion of culinary traditions that tantalize the taste buds. The harmonious blend of Harissa's fiery notes and Anar curry powder's aromatic spices is a testament to the beauty of culinary experimentation.
For added heartiness and texture, I introduced chickpeas into the equation. Chickpeas are a fantastic source of plant-based protein and have a neutral flavor profile that readily absorbs the spices and flavors of the dish. They lend a satisfying and comforting element to the stew, making it a wholesome meal.
The highlight of this culinary experiment was my son's reaction. He's not a fan of fish and usually turns his nose up at chickpeas. However, this dish worked its magic on him, and he not only enjoyed it but went back for seconds! It's a testament to how a well-balanced and flavorful dish can convert even the pickiest eaters.
The Spicy Harissa Fish and Chickpea Stew is a testament to the magic that happens when culinary traditions collide. It's a fusion of North African, Mediterranean, and Indian flavors that results in a dish bursting with complexity and warmth. Whether you're a fan of fish or prefer a vegan option, this stew has something for everyone. So, why not embark on your own culinary adventure and give it a try? I hope you enjoy it as much as my son did!
One of the fantastic aspects of this recipe is its adaptability. By simply omitting the fish, you can transform it into a hearty vegan chickpea stew that's equally delicious and satisfying. This versatility makes it an excellent option for accommodating various dietary preferences.
Fish stew with chickpeas
Olive oil: 2 Tbsps
Onion: 1 cup, sliced lengthwise (purple onion preferred )
Colored bell peppers: 2 cups, sliced lengthwise
Paprika: 1/2 tsp
Ground cumin: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Ground coriander: 1/2 tsp
Anar Gourmet Foodsä Hot South Indian Curry Powder: 1/4 tsp
Tomatoes: 1 1/2 cups, diced
Garlic cloves: 2 minced = 2 tsps
Harissa paste: ~2 Tbsps
Salt (optional) 1 tsp , add in 1/2 tsp increments
Chickpea: 1 can (~15 oz), rinsed and drained
Fish stock: ~2 cups, divided
Cilantro: 1 cup, rinsed & roughly chopped
Fish: Cod preferred, 1 lb cut into 2” pieces (optional- sprinkle with Anar Hot South Indian curry powder & salt, marinate for ~20 mins)
1. Cut fish & prep it by sprinkling it with curry powder & salt (optional), marinate for ~ 20 mins.
2. Heat oil in large pan, add onions and peppers, mix well & sauté for 7-10 mins till they soften.
3. Add spices: paprika, cumin, turmeric, coriander, Anar Gourmet Foods curry powder, garlic and Harissa paste & mix well. Sauté for ~ 2 mins.
4. Add tomatoes, cover pan with lid and soften for ~5 mins.
5. Taste sauce and add salt if desired.
6. Add chickpeas and 1 cup broth, mix well, cover with lid & simmer for ~7-10 mins.
7. Add marinated fish, simmer for ~10-15 mins, add additional cup broth if desired and cook till fish flakes easily.
8. Add Cilantro and simmer for ~ 2 mins.
9. Serve over white rice 🍚 or eat with crusty bread. Enjoy!!