Mushroom and Chickpea Stew

Mushroom and Chickpea Stew

This stew is such a winner! I first made it about a month ago and have been thinking about it ever since so I thought I should make it again so that I could share it with all of you, as I knew you’d love it! It’s so warming and hearty, perfect for a chilly winter evening. It’s a one pot wonder too so there’s limited washing up and you can make a big batch one night to last you the next few weeks, just keep a few portions in the fridge/freezer. It’s full of warming spices, garlic, chickpeas, mushrooms, lemon juice and carrots which simmer in a beautiful coriander infused tomato sauce. I love serving this with quinoa or brown rice to make it extra satisfying but it’s delicious just on it’s own too as it’s bursting with flavour!

Serves 6

– 8 carrots

– 3 boxes of mushrooms (about 30 mushrooms/850g)

– 3 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

– 2 400g tins of chickpeas

– 600ml of boiling water

– 7 tablespoons of tomato puree

– a big handful of coriander, about 50g

– 2 lemons plus 3 more to serve

– 4 teaspoons of turmeric

– 4 teaspoons of cumin power

– 3 teaspoons of ground chilli

– 3 cloves of garlic

Start by peeling the carrots, then chop them into pieces. Cut the mushrooms into thin slices.

Place the crushed garlic, turmeric, cumin, chilli, salt and pepper into a large saucepan along with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Allow this to heat until it’s bubbling, then pour in the tins of tomatoes, tomato puree and boiling water. Then stir in the chopped carrots and mushrooms. Bring this mix to the boil then turn it down to a simmer.

Let this cook for about thirty minutes, then stir in the chickpeas (drain the tin first) and the finely chopped coriander. Let this cook for another twenty minutes, at which point the mushrooms and carrots should be soft and ready to eat. If you’re making quinoa then cook this when you put the chickpeas in.

Once everything is ready squeeze the two lemons into the mix and place the stew into bowls with the quinoa. I like serving each bowl with half a lemon and an extra sprinkling of coriander.


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  • Louisa R

    I love warming stews like this in the winter. This looks so yummy!

  • AnnK H

    This recipe sounds really perfect! I habe a bag of chickpeas waiting to get used up and I kind of crave a hearty, savoury curry /stew bowl, or 2!:-)

  • Camilla / Blueberry Tales

    Yum, this looks so delicious! It just started snowing in Copenhagen, so a warm stew would be perfect for tonight! Camilla x

  • lovealwayserica

    Wow, what an excellent winter meal! Thanks, Ella! I can almost feel the warmth already just looking at the photos!

  • MagpieSal

    This sounds fab but….I really really don’t like coriander! Can you suggest an alternative?

  • Hannah Goodall

    I cooked this tonight and it was truly an easy one pot dish. Little bit off chopping to start then leave to simmer away and it ends up so tasty!
    Thank you for another great recipe Ella! X

  • tasmin

    Hi Ella. I am in my 50’s and have been on every diet under the sun to try and control my weight. Really it has been the struggle of my life, and has coloured everything.. all tied up with interminable guilt… should I eat this, oh I am so awful to have eaten that. Through your recipes I feel I am making friends with food for the first time. I have tons of energy, and through focusing on “goodness” as you so aptly call it, and not on “counts” I am dropping weight without even thinking about it. But the dropping of the weight almost seems secondary now, strangely. The relationship with this food is what is the magic. Thank you, bless you.

  • Guest

    Hi Ella, I have been following you since I began recovering from anorexia in July 2014. I don’t think you will ever realise how much you have done for me: for the last 4 years i have not touched nuts, avocados, and especially not quinoa…a ‘dreaded carb.’ And finally, because of you, I am cooking myself meals, I am at a healthy weight, and I have never felt better about myself or more alive. I was 7 stone in July and nearly 6 ft, your food has inspired me to sort myself out: now, I am 9 stone and it is my 22nd birthday in a week: you are an angel. No one at boarding school could sort me out, and no therapist has helped me – but a close friend introduced me to you last summer and ever since I have completely upheaved my diet. Thank you. THANK you. You will never know what a difference you have made to my life, and this delicious dish epitomises that for me: I shouldn’t be afraid of good food! Love and blessings

    • Christine

      Happy to read your story of recovery and true health :)

    • Lenore Lounsbury

      Congratulations Amy, you are awesome. Keep moving forward stronger and healthier : )

    • SweetpeaB

      What a wonderful story!! so happy for you!!

    • margaret

      How inspirational you are. Congratulations and keep going on your journey x

    • Katie C. de Oliveira Anderson

      I had anorexia before when was in college, i know how its! Hope youre doing better and enjoying food now 😉 hugs

  • sophie

    hi ella, what else did you put in your quinoa?

  • Liliana Pereira

    I’ve found your blog a couple days ago, and I’m loving it!!

  • Johanna Lorenzo

    Ella – I just want to tell you how much I love your recipes and your story. I’ve been copying your recipes for my very carnivorous family (tongue in cheek), there would be a revolt if I announced that we will be eating plant-based diet only but I am trying to limit the meat/poultry/seafood portions and focus more on plant-based portions to very good results. This bean stew I am dying to try. I’ve been using a lot of black beans because it’s common here, I live in Southern California (Orange County to be exact) and there is a strong Mexican influence in our cuisine and I am a fan of black bean salsas etc, but we’ve all grown quite sick of it and I was so excited to see your chickpea stew dish. I also follow you on Instagram and I love the photos you post. I also saw some posts of you being in California this Summer/Autumn time and I wished then you held some book signing event or something, I’d have gone to see you. Your avocado toast is one of my staples now. I hope you can be an example to the medical field that you don’t need to be always dosed up with medications to heal your body. Much love to you. And will your cookbook come out in America – with American measurements? The grams and ml units are very confusing for this American. Much love to you. x

  • Millie l Add A Little

    This looks amazing and so warming Ella! Loving the recipe as usual!

  • Eva

    Hi Ella. Sounds lovely! Can I use parsley instead of coriander?

  • Nadya Booyse

    Love the recipe! Just wish it was for amaller portions :(. This is my biggest problem with most recipes. And leftovers tend to become fairly boring at this size…

  • Anna

    Love thiis!!! It looks amaziing I can’t wait to try it at home :) I’m not a big fan of coriander but I’ll put parseley instead.

  • Dania

    Can I use parsley instead of coriander? And I don’t have cumin powder, can I leave it out?

  • Julie Hoang

    mmm this sounds so delicious and comforting! I think I’ll try to cook it this week!

  • Laura

    I made this today, and it was delicious! I also really liked the fact that it was cheap to make and didn’t require a lot of fuss either. I wanted to make enough for three rather than six, so I halved the quantities. Instead of using one and a half tins of tomatoes and wasting the other half, I used one tin, an extra spoonful of puree and a little extra water and it worked really well

  • Lynda Simpson

    Can this be frozen do you think? I would love to make many of your recipes but not sure if I can freeze them. Thanks. Sorry just seen that it can but don’t know how to delete my comment 😉

  • Claire

    Hi Ella, I made this for my Sunday dinner and it was a lovely dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe, it is sure to be a firm favourite in my household :) x

  • Marlene

    Hey Ella! I found your website about 2 weeks ago and I wanted to eat vegan and gluten free for a while now but I just couldn’t find enough delicious recipes and when I first discovered yours I was skeptical. But I love it!!! I don’t miss a thing and the food makes me happy, full and healthy!
    You’re a true inspiration and I can’t wait to try this recipe
    Xoxo Marlene

  • Rebeca

    Thanks for yet another delicious recipe! I made it today for friends and it was a big hit. Perfect for a cold day, so it’ll be on the menu again, for sure. I also have to say I’m super excited to get my hands on your book!

  • Susie

    Do you know how I would go about doing this in a slow cooker?

  • Victoria Macgregor

    this is looking so tasty ! :) Need to try this out soon!

    Love from France, Victoria

  • Nelly B

    Hi Ella! Absolute adore the blog and love the recipes! Thank you so much for doing this! I’m really looking forward to trying this. However…
    I’m trying to avoid anything that comes out of a tin, and I’ve found fresh chickpeas, but I was wondering if using tinned tomatoes makes any difference than fresh tomatoes? Difference in acidity or taste?
    Thanks again for being not only a fantastic chef, but a lifestyle changer!

  • helen

    Hi. Have just made the chickpea and mushroom stew. I made a half quantity and I think it’ll feed at least six! Used some cherry tomatoes that I had in, instead of the tinned. It tastes absolutely gorgeous. Thank you again, Ella for such gorgeous recipes and inspiration. Only a few days until the cookbook now!
    Best wishes, Helenx

  • ellawoodward

    I’ve never used tried it in a slow cooker but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. X

  • duPetitThouarsWines

    Adding this to my list for this week. We need hearty, warm dishes at the château in these cold months!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lynda, yes you can freeze all the recipes! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Dania, yes you can use parsley. The cumin powder gives the dish a really great flavour! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Eva, yes you can use parsley instead. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, you could use parsley instead. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sally, yes you could use chilli powder or chilli flakes. Have a lovely day! X

  • Aurorana

    Wow, it seems easy and really yummy! Perfect for the cold weather :)
    Wish you the best luck with your book lauching in 3 days 😉


  • Gemma

    Hi :) I have chickpeas that aren’t tinned could I use them instead of tinned ones? If I cook them before hand? Thanks :)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sophie, I love to put a squeeze of lemon in with the quinoa. The flavours of the stew work really well with the quinoa. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Gemma, yes you could definitely use them! Have a lovely evening! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Cheryl, almost all of the recipes in the book are brand new! I don’t drink coffee, I try to stay away from caffeine. Hope you have a lovely evening! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Nelly, I’m so glad you love the recipes. I keep tinned tomatoes in my cupboard for convenience. You could definitely use fresh tomatoes in this recipe, I just find that it helps to have a stock of staple ingredients in the kitchen. Have a lovely evening! X

  • Anna

    Hey Ella, looks delicious, thank you! Can I ask a rather random question? I’m just curious but I wondered what your reasons were for avoiding fish? We’re always told that oily fish at least is so good for us…Is it because of toxins, or is there something else about it that our bodies don’t do well with? Or maybe you just started on a route without fish and found you didn’t miss or need it!

  • Dianne

    I love checking out your site. I love all your recipes and natural skin care routines/products. Thanks for all your work.

  • Eco Salon

    Just started to cut more out to try to heal my endometriosis, love to cook and so pleased I’ve found all these recipes. I’m attempting to make coconut yoghurt today…

  • Dana N.

    Thank you Ella, this dish is so delicious and satisfying in this cold weather. I love the sweet flavour of the carrots combine with the kick of the chilli flakes. Lovely flavours. Ella, what brand of tinned tomatoes do you use?
    Do you use tomatoes with citric acid? It is very hard to find tinned tomatoes without citric acid. Napolina used to tomatoes without citric acid, but some time ago they started adding the citric acid too. I have found some tomatoes without citric acid on Amazon, but it is quite disappointing that it is not available in the shops. Do not understand why so many food manufactures use citric acid now these days. What is your view on this? Are you concern about citric acid?
    Can not wait for your book:) Good luck and thank you lovely recipes that your create.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anna, I find that fish is harder to digest so I avoid its as my digestive system is quite slow at times. X

    • Anna

      Thanks Ella! x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Dana, there isn’t a particular brand which I use. I have found that most of the supermarkets don’t contain additives. Perhaps the best place to look is Wholefoods. I tend to avoid anything with additives. Have a lovely day! X

  • Valerie

    Thank you for this yummy recipe! I was once again amazed that even though you don`t use many spices – turmeric, cumin and chilli are part of many of your winter meals – it always tastes different, never the same, never boring. I added a little bit of marple syrup to take some acid of the tomatos.
    Could you please tell me what size of le creuset pot you used for it? Mine are too smal for this big portion and I would like to own a big one but am not sure about the sizes.

  • Carolyn Sahota

    We had this tonight and it is simply gorgeous. My husband who always wants meat adored it too and asked when are we having it again. I said tomorrow as it made so much!

  • ana1

    Hi Ella,

    I love this recipe :). Please can you let me know what Chickpea tin do you use? I heard tins are not good and have BPA. Would love to find one that doesnt have this.

    Thank you so much!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, unfortunately this is not something that I know too much about but I will definitely do some research. I always go for organic tinned foods without preservatives! Have a lovely evening! X

  • Neelie

    Hi Ella….tried this recipe tonight and it turned out so so nice. Thank you so much for the recipe. Even my meat mad husband loved it :-) I halved the recipe as there are only 2 of us. It made so much we will both be having it for lunch tomorrow. Yum!!

  • Denise

    I have ordered the recipe book from the Radio Times and am looking forward to getting it! Meanwhile I have a question…. I tried the recipe from the RT and want to know if I should have drained the tins of beans or not. I did, but afterwards thought I shouldn’t have as the dish was really thick. Delicious I might add!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Denise, yes definitely drain the tins of beans. If it was too thick, maybe use slightly less beans next time. Really hope you love the book! Have a lovely day! X

  • Steve Robinson

    Hi Ella
    I bought your book having heard you on the radio. There are some great recipes but unfortunately, I’m allergic to nuts. Do you have any suggestions for nut substitutes in your recipes?
    Many thanks

  • Stephanie Carter

    Hi Ella, so thrilled to have found you in England. I have been following several american websites & some ingredients have been impossible to get here in London & have no substitutes. This dish is so delicious could have eaten the whole pan full! My very carnivorous husband enjoyed it too. Have just received your book – beautufully presented, beautiful recipes wriiten by a beautiful soul. Thank you.

  • Zena Williams R

    just making our first Ella recipe, my daughter is so excited, shes 10! Will let you know how it goes!!!

  • Patricia


    Does this freeze well?

    Many thanks!

  • ellawoodward

    Yes you can freeze it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Steve, you can use seeds instead such as pumpkin seeds. Really hope you love the book! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Valeria, so glad you loved the recipe. I used the big pot but I’m not sure exactly what size it is. Don’t think it matters too much as long as it can fit all the ingredients in! X

  • Christine

    Hello Ella. Thank you for so many wonderful recipes!
    I make energy bites for my kids every week! They are perfect pre/post workout or just to snack on!
    Please clarify tomato puree.. Is it tomato sauce or tomato paste?
    And, ground chili?? Is that chili powder??
    From the US and want to be sure I get them right :)
    Thanks again
    xo Christine

  • Karen Doble

    Hi Ella – I read your story recently in the Sunday papers. Was truly inspired and bought your book. I have an autoimmune disease so am hoping your recipes help to heal me. I cooked this stew today and it is absolutely delicious. I have always eaten meat so this is quite a change for me – and a surprisingly good one :)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Christine, it’s more like a tomato paste. So glad you love the energy bites! Have a lovely day x

  • Fern Mellor

    What a great recipe! Tasty, filling (so healthy!) and really easy to put together. I just know my other half will love it too. I served mine with your avocado, mango and pomegranate salad (slightly modified as I used pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds) but I have to say the mango chilli dressing is by far the BEST salad dressing I have EVER tasted! Utterly moreish… I’ve been scraping the blender clean and eating it with a spoon! I can’t thank you enough. Off out to buy your recipe book this afternoon – congratulations on your well deserved success Ella!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Fern, I am glad you love it, it looks so delicious! Hope you enjoy the book! Have a lovely day. X

    • Fern Mellor

      Hi Ella, I just had to share this with you!
      My other half is trying to make changes to his diet as well, but he is usually a bit of a liability in the kitchen and until very recently, he’s been a big consumer of meat and dairy. Unfortunately he’s working away from home a lot just now so I can’t cook healthy whole foods for him and I fully expected him to lapse back into old habits… not so!
      In fact he was the one who first told me about your blog (I think he saw an article about you in the Metro!) anyway, I sent him the link to the stew recipe and told him how good it was and how easy to make etc and voila! Here’s a photo of his own culinary efforts! This is just UNHEARD OF! I’m so proud of him! And what’s more he really liked it, saying “I could get used to this!”. He’s even gone and bought a vacuum sealer so that in the future we can make big batches of a particular dish and portion them up to take to work etc.
      Wow! I’m totally blown away by his reaction :) thank you!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Fern, that’s such amazing news – this makes me so happy to hear! It looks so great, you should be very proud. I hope you both keep up this incredible healthy journey. Have a lovely weekend! Ella x

  • Lenore

    Hey Ella, Luv your site! Seems to me this recipe has a Middle Eastern/ Indian flair yum! All chilies have different flavors so I am a little confused as to what type of ground chili you used in the recipe ie: Jalapeño, chipotle, poblano, ancho? Could you tell me specifically what type of ground chili you used please?

    Also where can I find the Nutritional profile for your recipes?

    Thank you

  • Ewa

    Dear Ella,

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m on a diet, my boyfriend rarely enjoys vegan meals and our friend loves spicy food. Guess what, your stew made us all very very happy tonight :) It is delicious, healthy, rich, colourful, easy to make, and it looks beautiful (see picture below). Thank you! Your parsnip soup is next on my list :)

  • ellawoodward

    It looks delicious, so glad you love it! Have a lovely day x

  • Sarah

    Hi Ella
    Your stews and curries look amazing. I try to avoid tomatoes, though, as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I wondered if you have any suggestions for alternatives in these recipes? Thank you so much.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lenore, I just buy ground chilli from Whole Foods, there isn’t a specific type that I use. I don’t have a nutritional profile such as the calorie content for the recipes at it’s all about feeding your body with goodness rather than counting calories. So glad you love the recipes! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, unfortunately there isn’t really a good substitute for tomatoes as they are the main base for this recipe. Have a lovely day x

  • Megan A Smart

    Hi Ella, I have been enjoying some of your recipes but this one was so spicy for me! Do you have any recommendations for taming it? What could i add? Thanks x :)

  • Jus H

    This is so delicious! Each mouthful is full of zingy flavours. Great the next day as lunch too. Love the book!

  • Tracey

    just making this now simmering the pot smells delicious will have some for my lunch then leave it in the pot for the kids to dip into for their tea while i go to work. here’s hoping they like it . first time making it

  • Amanda Campbell

    Made this at the weekend, fantastic. Even hubbie (real carnivore) loved it !!!

  • lulubagins

    you could use the organic ones that come in tetrapaks. i know that sainsbury’s do them. BPA-free xxx

  • katiejayne

    Your recipes look good, vegan also in anorexia recovery looking forward to
    trying some things out also for my nan who wants to loose weight. Any alternatives to mushrooms?

    • laura

      Hiya katiejayne im also in recovery from anorexia want to get better the healthy way and ellas site an book is great ☺nice if we could b friends support along the way x

      • katiejayne

        Hi laura, i also want to be healthy im here if you need support its hard but worth it x

        • laura

          that would be fantastic :) always so nice to have people who are going through the same :) are you on facebook?

  • ellawoodward

    So glad you love the recipes! You can use any other vegetable to mushrooms. It won’t turn out exactly the same but I’m it’ll work. Hope your nan enjoys it! Have a lovely day! X

  • laura

    hiya yum yum again could you freeze whats left?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes you can freeze this! X

      • laura

        Great wish u did delivery meals

  • Simone Stern

    I added juice of an orange and coconut oil to hot quinoa, the sweetness is amazing with the stews spice and coriander

  • alexis flex

    Delicious indeed! My boyfriend doesn’t like mushrooms and I don’t really like cooked carrots so I made 2 separate ones with the tomatoes and spices – yummy! Can’t wait to make the sweet potato brownies this weekend :)

  • David

    If I freeze it how do I reheat it? Thanks

  • David

    This is very good!

  • Theresa Stott

    I made this for dinner and it was delicious, I made Chickpea Flour wraps from your excellent book and used onion seeds instead of mixed herbs to go with it. Plenty of both now in the freezer for quick easy lunches or dinners. Also made the flapjacks and used honey as I had no maple syrup and added some cinnamon too. I love that your recipes are so easy to follow.

  • ellawoodward

    I would reheat it back into a saucepan. Hope you enjoy it! Ella x

  • Katie

    Hi Ella, I’m diagnosed with POTS too (lately it was found out that mine is due to Lyme disease) and have been bedridden for many months but finally things are getting better. You are such an inspiration for me and I can feel that your healthy recipes already make a difference for me!!! Thank you so much!!!
    Do you have an advice for me how much chickpeas (or beans or lentils in your other recipes) I should take if I use the dried ones? Can’t find a solution for that question…

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Katie, I am so happy to hear that you are feeling inspired by the blog and love the recipes. I’m not sure about the exact measurements for dried chick peas as I always use cooked chickpeas from a tin which are really easy and convenient. Hope you start to feel better eating the recipes as you make them. Ella x

  • Rachel W

    Hi Ella,

    I cooked your mushroom and chickpea stew last night, and it was beautiful! This was my first time cooking from a recipe, and I am so happy to say that it was a breeze to make. Thank you for sharing your recipes, I can’t wait to try more of your culinary delights in the coming weeks.


  • Audrey

    Hi Ella! I made the recipe yesterday and the 4 of us loved it , it was truly delicious. Thank you :)

  • Lucia

    Hello Ella! I already did this stew and I really likes ir! It was delicious! I want to make it again but I wanted to ask you if I can substitute the chickpeas for other kind of beans (canellini, haricot, etc) and still be delicious?
    Thank you!!
    Habe a lovely day!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Lucia, I’ve not tried it with beans before but I imagine that they would work well too. So happy you love the recipe! X

  • Harvey

    I just did this ! it was very good !!!! thank you Ella !

  • Katie C. de Oliveira Anderson

    Im vegetarian and im in love with all the recipes, so excited!!!

  • gabrielle

    would you be able to freeze this? xx

    • ellawoodward

      Yes it freezes really well! Hope you love it! X

  • Fiona Cardillo

    Not sure what I did wrong here but I found this one needed some adapting. For starters it is super hot (I think it might help to qualify that not all ground chilli is equal!). I LOVE hot food but this ended up burn-your-throat and cough hot! It was also quite flavourless so I had to add about 6 teaspoons of veggie stock and some tamari. Perhaps I was supposed to reduce the liquid? I had the lid on when I was doing the cooking. That might have condensed the flavour I guess. It’s quite soupy!

    • ellawoodward

      I am so sorry it didn’t turn out right. I haven’t really come across that and its always turned out well when I’ve made it, not too spicy and quite flavoursome so I am sorry it didn’t work out for you!

  • ellawoodward

    Yes that’s chilli powder :) Coconut oil might alter the taste a little but hopefully will still be delicious!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Louise, I haven’t tried using another vegetable before but I imagine that aubergine would work well too. Hope you love it! X

  • Emily Palin

    I really hate the texture and taste of cooked carrots :(
    Is there any other alternative I could use !?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emily, you could try using any other vegetable which you prefer, perhaps bell peppers. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Vicki, I love the taste of lemon and think it really enhances the flavour of the stew! You could use a little less if you prefer. Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Rose, I don’t eat bulgar wheat as it contains gluten. I love white potatoes, especially the cauliflower and potato curry in my book x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Terry, thanks so much for your kind message! This is such awesome news, I am so happy to hear that you’re feeling so much better and enjoying the book recipes too. Really hope you keep up all your amazing work and continue to feel amazing! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hope you continue to enjoy the recipes and feel amazing x

  • smba

    Hi Ella, can this recipe be done with dried coriander? I’m afraid to use fresh because my husband can’t stand fresh cilantro (but has never had a problem with recipes cooked with coriander). If so, how much would you put in? Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      I imagine dried coriander would work too, although the flavours may not be as strong. Sadly I’ve not tried this substitution myself so I’m not too sure about the ratio but you can always add a little and then taste as you go along. Hope you both love it! X