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How to Make Lunchroom Toronto’s Hearty Chickpea Stew

Ready in under 35 mins, this warming chickpea stew from Lunchroom Toronto, a co-working space for creatives, is perfect winter fare

By Gabriel Li
Photography by Gabriel Li

Recipe by Gabriel Li of Lunchroom Toronto

This simple vegetarian stew is perfect to share with your loved ones, or studio co-workers on a cold winter day. Having canned goods on hand in your pantry keeps it convenient. Feel free to interchange the greens and herbs: for example you could easily use kale or collards in place of the dandelion, and dill or cilantro in place of the parsley if that is what you have in the fridge. I like to buy fresh sour dough at my local bakery but any crusty bread loaf will do. And if you want to get fancy, you can sous vide your eggs for the creamiest textured onsen eggs.

Feel free to use kale or collards in place of the dandelion, says Li.

Curried Tomato Chickpea Stew with Dandelion, Poached Eggs, and Sourdough

4-5 people

Prep Time
5 mins

Cooking Time
30 mins



3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium red onion, diced

1 tablespoon cayenne powder

1 tablespoon paprika powder

3 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 x 796ml cans of whole tomatoes

2 x 410ml cans of chickpeas, drained

2 tablespoons of white vinegar

5 eggs

1 bunch of dandelion, rough chop

1 bunch of parsley, fine chop 

Olive oil to finish


1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, sauteé garlic and onions in oil with a wooden spoon until translucent. Add in cayenne, paprika, curry, sea salt and continue sauteé for 3 mins.

2. Hand crush whole tomatoes into the pot, stir and then add in chickpeas. Cover and continue to simmer over medium heat for 20 mins.

3. Meanwhile in another pot with boiling water, add in vinegar, stir and gently poach eggs separately until whites are cooked and yolk remains runny.

4. 5 minutes before serving, stir in dandelion and a handful of parsley. Toast sourdough slices if you desire.

5. Serve stew in individual bowls, place poached egg on top, another sprinkle of fresh parsley, and drizzle your favourite olive oil over the dish and sourdough.

Click on the image below to download recipe card. 

Related reading: At Lunchroom Toronto, Eating Well is All in a Day’s Work

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