Algerian veal stew with spinach and chickpeas

Algerian veal stew with spinach and chickpeas

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 4 hours or overnight
  • Flagstone Two Roads White Blend 2005


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 900 g ready-to-use chopped Swiss chard or spinach
  • 1 kg veal knuckle
  • 5 cups water
  • 250 g chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 free-range eggs, in the shell, washed
  • Approximately 300g small new potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Harissa, to serve

Cooking Instructions

Place the oil and greens in a large heatproof casserole. Cover and wilt over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove and add the meat. Pour in enough water to cover.

Bring to the boil and skim the scum. Add the drained chickpeas, garlic and wilted chard. Bring to the boil again. Add a twist or two of pepper, but no salt. Add the eggs and potatoes.

Simmer on a very low heat, covered, for about 3½ hours, adding a little more water if necessary. Alternatively, leave overnight or all day in the oven at the lowest heat. Cook until the meat is meltingly tender and the chickpeas soft, but not mushy.

When nearly cooked, add about 2t (10ml) of salt. Check seasoning. If there seems to be too much liquid, turn into a large baking dish and bake uncovered in a low oven until lightly coloured. Serve with harissa.

Cook’s note: This is a meal-in-one so no accompaniments are required. Rather end the meal with a refreshing orange-anddate salad perfumed with rose-water.

Harissa paste is readily available at delis, or make your own harissa at home.

Per serving: 3075kJ, 73.16g protein, 32.59g fat, 26.51g carbs


Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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