Food & dining

sunday supper

Vegetarian butternut-chickpea stew becomes golden pureed soup

Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

You get a balancing act of flavors in this vegetarian butternut-chickpea stew. Fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks bring warmth to creamy coconut milk; fresh cilantro and lime add a lively touch. While the stew simmers, honey draws out the sweetness of the squash, bell pepper, and tomatoes. Make a pot of rice, spoon it into shallow bowls, and ladle the stew on top.

For a light supper another night, puree the stew in a blender, thinning it with a little vegetable stock. Add spicy pita crisps and a salad, and your weeknight bowl in all its golden glory is completely different from the first day’s, with a seamless transition.


(For butternut stew, soup)


2 stalks celery

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2 onions

1 piece (3 inches) fresh ginger

3 large peeled

butternut squash halves


1 yellow bell pepper

4 plum tomatoes

1 bunch fresh cilantro

4 limes

2 whole-wheat pitas (8 inches each)


Salt and pepper

cup olive oil

1 can (15 ounces)


1 can (15 ounces) light coconut milk

4 cups vegetable stock

3 tablespoons coriander seeds

teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

¼ teaspoon paprika

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