Kale and Chickpea Stew

“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” – Ryan Gosling, The Notebook

Hello again from Canada! I have flown back half way around the globe back in my little nest tucked away in a valley we call Vancouver. After my all-senses-on-overdrive trip to India, this nest on the 20th floor in a high-rise building overlooking the mountains and a lake makes me feel like a monk in meditation. This not hearing a sound for hours, no one asking me if I was hungry yet, no neighbours knocking on my door to ask for some sugar – this is going to take some getting used-to!

My travels in India involved a lot of time spent traveling by road. I ended up eating a lot of street foods and restaurant meals, all prepared with the objective of making them taste great. While I insisted on eating healthier the few meals that I did eat at home; the festival of Diwali made sure that my requests were rejected by one and all. This was my family’s chance to feed me! The moment I stepped on my first flight back to Vancouver, I started thinking about all the healthy produce I was going back to.

A funny thing happened on my flight back to Vancouver. The 36 hours spent inside airplanes and on airports always forces me to watch as many movies as I can during my trips to India. The airline was playing “The Notebook”, one of my all time favorites (hey, no judging)! When I was done with the movie and nodded off, I dreamed of Ryan Gosling! Now every girl out there has dreamed of Ryan Gosling at some point in her life, but this was no ordinary dream.

Ryan was sporting a beard and was dressed like a country boy, just like in the movie. He was walking around in a farm with all types of produce, looking at the plants. Then he kneeled next to a bush of kale, looked right at me, and said “Hey girl, ready to cook my kale?” I wanted to scream out, “Hell yes I am!”, but instead I just got too excited and snapped out of my dream.


I couldn’t get this dream out of my head after arriving in Vancouver. I had to get my Ryan and Kale fix. Since I don’t have easy access to Ryan Gosling, I went with the next best thing to make me feel better, kale.

I have made a kale and chickpea stew with sweet potato and warm spices. This is a hearty soup that will brighten up a cold rainy day! Kale is low in calories, high in fiber, and is full of antioxidants. Because of it’s high fiber sulfur content, kale is particularly great for detoxifying the body and keeping the liver healthy. The healthy doze of ginger in this stew will help you fight cold and flu this winter! Hey Girl, get cooking!

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Kale and Chickpea Stew

Cook time:


2 tbsp coconut oil/olive oil
1 small red onion – chopped
4 cloves of garlic – chopped
2 tsp ginger – grated
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp black pepper
28 oz canned tomatoes – crushed
1 cup vegetable stock/water
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 bunch kale – stems removed, chopped
1 cup diced sweet potato or your choice of seasonal vegetables
salt to taste

for garnish:
handful of chopped mint/cilantro
juice of 1 lemon

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Heat coconut oil in a large pot. Add chopped onion and sweat on low heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add cumin, paprika, cardamom, cinnamon stick and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add the sweet potatoes, crushed tomatoes and vegetable stock to the pot and mix well. Bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer until sweet potatoes get tender, about 20 minutes. Now add cooked chickpeas and chopped kale. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped mint/cilantro, lemon juice and diced avocado before serving. Enjoy it with a slice of rustic bread!



  1. says

    Welcome back to Canada! I remember when I was in India that I was so in love with all of the colorful life and beautifully seasoned food. I was worried that when I came back to Canada that everything would looks so grey and taste so dull. But on touching down on the tarmac, I all of a sudden felt excited to be back in the mountains and I headed right to my favorite natural foods store to stock up on nut butters, and nutritional yeast and kale for my nest. I love to travel, but I love the food that nourishes me the most, too.
    Great recipe! It looks delicious :)

  2. says

    Welcome back, it sounds like you had a fabulous trip! I’ve always wanted to visit India. I’m with you on catching up on movies on flights, and your dream is too funny! I love hearing the different stories that inspire recipes.

  3. Patrick says

    I am a cookbook fan of indian, persian and middle eastern recipes that focus on fresh, vegan lifestyles. I’m so excited to find your recipes! I was drawn to this recipe by the spice mix: cardamom, garlic, paprika and cinnamon: amazing.

    I made the stew last night, then readjusted it tonight, because the inspiration blew me away. The tomatoes were overpowering. I used twice the vegetable broth, and just diced one fresh roma tomato, instead of canned tomatoes. The spices sang!

    I would have never tried this on my own. Thank you. I’m trying the eggplant balls tomorrow!!!

    All the best and more, please!

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