Chickpea and Cod stew

About a month ago DD suddenly started refusing foods that she usually loved eg. chicken, beef, lentils etc. And not only that her already refined palate became even more refined – think foie gras, duck confit, clams sauteed in white wine with garlic and cilantro etc.

Desperate, I started looking for other recipes that included fresh fish and/or legumes. This one (adapted) turned out to be a winner. An interesting aside – this dish is usually prepared in Spain during lent.


1 large tomato

1 green pepper

1 onion

2-3 garlic cloves

1 amount of cooked chickpeas (about a jar if you buy it)

Fresh cod – sufficient for 2 people. About 200gm

1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder

1/2 tsp tumeric


Extra virgin olive oil



Pour a generous amount of olive oil in a pot and turn onto medium heat. Peel the tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Dice the tomatoes, onion, garlic and green pepper. Add to the pot. Once soft, puree till smooth.

Chop cod into bite size pieces. Add to the pot with the puree, and also add the rinsed chickpeas.

Add the paprika and tumeric. Pour in sufficient water to cover the chickpeas.Mix well.

Cook for 15-20 minutes on low-medium heat.

Salt to taste.

Serve with crusty wholegrain bread.


DDS approval

Thankfully this meal went down well and she has asked for it again!



I used to not eat chickpeas (or lots of nuts) as I found they give me tummy aches/bloating. Recently discovered the trick to avoid this is to soak for 48 hours, change the water a few times and add baking soda to the water when soaking.


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