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It is that time of year again, where it is windly, wet and harshly cold .... and even in some areas snowy. Yet, in my little corner of the Mediteranean a small hint of Spring come to our table. The season of Winter sweet peas, fava beans and artichokes has begun. And all who come to the markets donnot hestitie to buy and prepare warm ragouts and stews of these Spring vegetables! It is a must!
A squeeze of fresh lemon and a drizzle of rich olive oil and à la table! I leave you with this visual of this warm Algerian ragout ... !
Tbikha Foul b' batatas
Yield: 5-6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes (active) | Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 500g shelled fresh sweet peas
- 500g cleaned artichoke hearts
- 500g shelled fava beans
- 1 handful chopped cilantro/coriander (about ½ cup)
- 1 handful chopped parsely (about ½ cup)
- handful of torn fresh mint leaves
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped fine
- 1 pinch hot pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- ¼ tsp sweet paprika
- 500 g potatoes, peeled and cubed small
- salt / black pepper/ oil
- water or stock
- lemon (for garnish)
Cut the artichokes in quarters.
Sauté the onion in the oil until translucent.
Now add in the fava beans, peas, half of the chopped parsely, coriander and mint leaves into the pan.
Add enough water to cover the vegetables - about 3 cups.
Simmer on low fire for about 15 minutes, until the fava beans are tender.
Halfway through the cooking, add the cleaned artichokes.
Now continue to simmer over low fire until all the vegetables are cooked to tender. Be careful that all the sauce doesn't reduce too much and become dry.
Once the sauce is reduced, the dish is don,e.
Once thepotatoes cooked, serve the dish hot.
Garnish with the remaining parsely and lemon wedges.
۞ Cook’s note: If you use frozen peas in this dish, add them when you add the potatoes.
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