Moroccan Chickpeas + Kale

CSA member Cat, who contributed this recipe, said, “I was excited to see the fennel in this week’s share for this recipe!” While it suggests using dried chickpeas and a pressure cooker, you could also use canned chickpeas and a stovetop cooking method. You could also substitute kale for any of the other hardy cooking greens like Swiss chard, spinach, baby kale, or bok choy.

Photo credit for this post: The Splendid Table

Moroccan Chickpeas + Kale


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Spanish onions chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb diced (save the fronds for garnish)
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper seeded if desired, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound dried chickpeas
  • 1 bunch fresh kale stems discarded, leaves torn into bite-size pieces, about 5 cups
  • 2/3 cup diced dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped preserved lemon or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped, plus more for garnish


  1. Using the sauté function, heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Add the onions, fennel, and jalapeño and sauté until soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne and sauté until they release their fragrance, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and sauté for another minute, until darkened but not burned. (If the tomato paste turns too dark too quickly, turn off the heat.)
  4. Add the chickpeas and 5 1/2 cups of water. Cover, and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes; then let the pressure release naturally. If the chickpeas aren’t cooked through, cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, then manually release the pressure.
  5. Stir in the kale, apricots, and preserved lemon. Using the sauté function, simmer until the kale is wilted, about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in cilantro. Season with more salt if desired, and serve garnished with more cilantro and reserved fennel fronds.