Harissa Lamb Stew With Chickpeas & Lale

I seem to be obsessed with kale at the moment – we’ve been eating it in stews, as crisps and even drinking the stuff. I’m quite late to the party but now that I’ve arrived, I’m loving it! As well as Kale, I love cooking leftovers and that’s how this recipe started life – with a bag of kale, a jar of harissa and a mountain of roast lamb from an Easter weekend roast.

harissa lamb stew with chickpeas and kale

Among the thousand other jars in my fridge,  I always have a jar of harissa paste. It’s kind of an essential for me, along with pesto, mayo and usually one of those plastic tubs of thai green paste that blows your socks off if you use too much.

Roll back to a couple of weekends ago, we had dinner at Dave’s parents house. His mum had cooked a gorgeous roast dinner for Easter with a perfectly cooked and enormous leg of lamb. She sent us home with some left over meat and the next night we were home late and needed something relatively quick to eat so I threw the lamb in with some passata, wilted spinach and harissa among other things… Turns out it was delicious and ready in around 30 minutes!

Close up of harissa lamb stew

After a few tweaks (and another roast lamb dinner later) I think I’ve found the perfect mix. Although, having said all that, this would work perfectly as it is without any meat or leftovers at all.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, finely diced or grated
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut into big dice
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 handful of kale, chopped
  • 1 small tin of chickpeas (215g)
  • 1/4 jar of passata (equiv to approx 150ml)
  • 1 handful of left over lamb – cut into bitesize chunks.
Serve with cous cous and creme fraiche.
Frying onions, cooking kale and cous cous
  • Fry the onion, garlic and ginger on a medium heat for a couple of minutes until soft but not browned.
  • Stir in a tablespoon of harissa and allow it to cook for a few minutes, stirring into the onion mix. Add the red pepper.
  • Pour in the passata (as much as you want but I’d recommend around 1/4 of one of those 680g bottles)
  • Add in a handful of kale and the drained chickpeas. Stir them through (don’t worry, the kale will wilt down with the heat from the sauce).
  • Finally, add the lamb, drop the heat right down and put a lid onto the saucepan. Leave for around 15 minutes so that the kale is fully cooked and the lamb is heated through.
To serve, I just added some cous cous (seasoned with half a vegetable oxo, black pepper and fresh coriander and mint) and creme fraiche seasoned with mint and a sprinkle of paprika.
This is rich and spicy. The lamb compliments the harissa and the chickpeas add a nice crunch. We’ve really enjoyed eating this dish and it’s now on my list for cooking with leftovers! 
Empty plates after a great meal!

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  1. 7th April 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Thanks Helen, I agree – pulses and chickpeas = cupboard essentials!

  2. 7th April 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I eat so much more kale than I used to – I might try to grow it this year!

  3. 8th April 2016 / 8:03 am

    Looks delicious Gingey! Welcome to the kale party! x

  4. 8th April 2016 / 8:25 am

    YUM!!! I grow kale and general just pick off leaves as I need them. However When the plants need taking a bit, I hack great hunks of leaves, spend HOURS washing, removing bugs & drying it, then chop it up and freeze in big bags. It is SUCH a godsend to pull out a couple of big handfuls and throw into a dish like this. If you've got room to grow it, it's quite a structural and cool looking plant 🙂
    Janie x

  5. 10th April 2016 / 12:16 pm

    oh yes! This looks divine. I too am a huge Kale fan, it's in pretty much everything from glorious stews like this to smoothies! I need this stew today please…

  6. 20th April 2016 / 4:36 pm

    This is glorious stew!! I LOVE kale and harissa and even got my husband hooked on to it! Harissa and Lamb is such a great combination too – so much comfort in one pot 🙂

  7. 20th April 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Thank you! 🙂

    Yes, me too – kale is my new favourite thing – even though I'm about 3 years late to the trend! Hehe.

  8. 20th April 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Thats dedication to kale. I'd love to grow my own vegetables but we don't have a garden so I'm not sure Dave would be too pleased if I started putting planters in the lounge! Hehehehe!

  9. 12th January 2017 / 6:32 pm

    This looks delicious, I love lamb and harissa, it's a great combination especially with chickpeas.

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