Sweet potato, chickpea and spinach stew

I created this to use up some sweet potatoes and couscous I had left over, and I’m not really sure what to call it – I’ve gone for ‘stew’ but someone walked in just when I was finishing and said, “Oh, a tagine!” so who knows…

This was before I added the spinach…

Ingredients (2 portions):


1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped or crushed

2 tsp cumin seeds; if I made this again I think a little cinamon would work well, but I didn’t have any to hand

1 sweet potato, chopped into cubes of roughly 1cm

Half a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 can tomatoes

A small handful of raisins

A handful of spinach

– Heat the oil in a small saucepan, and fry the onion and cumin, adding the garlic once the onion is nearly softened.

– Once the onion is softened, add the sweet potato, chickpeas and tomatoes.

– Bring to the boil, cover and simmer until the sweet potato is cooked, around 25-30 minutes.

– Stir in the raisins and add the spinach – don’t stir it in, just leave it on top, cover, and let it wilt for 3-4 minutes.

– Serve with couscous.