Black-Eyed Bean & Squash Stew

This hearty stew positively oozes goodness, yet it’s easy to make and tastes terrific. The beauty of a one-pot meal is not just less washing up, but also the fact that all the vitamins and minerals are kept in the sauce. This is the ideal comfort food.

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Heat the oil in a large pan, add the cumin and mustard seeds and cook for 1 minute. When they begin to pop and splutter add the onion, garlic and chilli and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.

Stir in the potatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add the curry paste and vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the squash/pumpkin. Simmer for a further 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the black-eyed beans and tomatoes and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Season to taste.

Divide the stew between dishes or serve on a bed of white rice or couscous. Garnish with lemon wedges for squeezing and a sprinkling of fresh coriander.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry paste
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 450g ripe butternut squash or pumpkin, roughly diced
  • 400g can black-eyed beans, or something similar, drained
  • 450g potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • To garnish
  • salt & black pepper
  • lemon wedges
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander