Spicy African Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew

From Edible Jersey 


1½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 16-ounce can chickpeas
2 cups vegetable broth
1 16-ounce jar tomato sauce
1½ cups fresh okra, sliced

Spice paste:

6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1½ teaspoons whole cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon olive oil

For serving:

Hot-pepper sauce, to taste
Cooked couscous

Prepare spice paste by combining ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until the mixture forms a paste.

Combine sweet potatoes, chickpeas, broth, tomato sauce, okra and spice paste in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Serve stew over couscous with hot-pepper sauce.