This is a special edition “request” post (thanks, A.H.) for a dish I made for a dinner party last week. I wasn’t planning on posting it, so there is no photo. If anyone makes this–can you please take a picture and forward it to me? 

It comes from Jack Bishop’s A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen. It’s vegan and delicious. 


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced gingerroot
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can  chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice (I actually used almost 2 sweet potatoes)
  • 6 pitted prunes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves (I minced these and then forgot to add them, so I guess feel free to leave them out)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the cumin and cinnamon and cook until the spices smell toasty, about 30 seconds.

2. Add the broth, chickpeas, sweet potato, and prunes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer, stirring once or twice, until the sweet potatoes are tender, 12-15 minutes. Stir in the cilantro (!) and salt and pepper to taste and serve.