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Stewed Artichokes With Spices And Apricots And Other Things

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  Globe artichokes 4 Large
  Lemon 1 , juiced, peel reserved
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely sliced
  Black peppercorns 10
  Coriander seeds 12 , toasted
  Ground turmeric 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon, toasted
  Onions 2 , cut in eighths
  Bay leaves 2
  Olive oil 50 Milliliter
  Saffron strands 1 Pinch, soaked in a little cold water
  Carrots 2 , sliced
  Vegetable stock 600 Milliliter
  Dried apricots 8 , sliced
  Raisins 50 Gram
  Almonds 25 Gram, sliced
  Canned chickpeas 400 Gram, drained, rinsed
  Baby spinach 225 Gram
  Chopped coriander leaves 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped flat leaf parsley 4 Tablespoon

Trim the artichokes by peeling the stem until all woody matter has disappeared.
Pull off all the tough outer leaves until you reach the pale green ones.
Cut off about 2.5 cm from the top of the artichoke.
Cut the artichoke vertically into 4 and cut or pull out the choke.
Rub all the cut surfaces with the lemon peel and place the artichoke quarters in a bowl of water.
Add the lemon juice.
Using a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder, crush the garlic, peppercorns, coriander seeds, turmeric, cayenne and cumin seeds.
In a saucepan, cook the onions and bay leaves in the olive oil over a medium heat until they have softened but not coloured, this should take about 8 minutes.
Add the spice mix and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Add the drained artichokes and the saffron with its soaking liquor and toss to combine.
Add the carrots, half the vegetable stock, the apricots, raisins and almonds and simmer, covered for about 20 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Add more stock as necessary.
When the artichokes are tender, add the chickpeas, spinach, coriander leaves and parsley and stir to combine.
Cook until the spinach has wilted.
Season with black pepper to taste.
Serve hot or cold with steamed couscous.

Recipe Summary

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Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
90 Minutes

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