Mélange Aux Simanim aka Sephardic Chickpea Carrots Leeks and Squash Stew

It is traditional to eat certain symbolic foods on Rosh Hashanah. Among some of the symbolic foods are leeks, carrots, and gourds. So, rather than make each item separately, I made a few dishes to combine some of the symbolic foods and make them part of the meal.

Our guest, Manny, coined the name of the dish, which I thought was very funny. He and his wife Judy are among our favorite guests.


2 cups chickpeas, cooked (or 1 can rinsed and drained)

4 leeks, sliced

4 carrots, sliced diagonally 

½ butternut squash, peeled and cubed 

1-2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed 

1 teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon turmeric, paprika, cumin,

Salt and pepper to taste

Water to cover


Sauté leeks, and add rest of ingredients. Add water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer until done. This can also be made in a crockpot.

I ran out of canned chickpeas, so I cooked the chickpeas first in the pressure cooker for 40 minutes.

Adjust seasoning as preferred.

Here is a picture:


May we be sealed in the book of life and blessed with a sweet, healthy and good new year!

12 thoughts on “Mélange Aux Simanim aka Sephardic Chickpea Carrots Leeks and Squash Stew

  1. koolkosherkitchen says:

    I love this recipe, and I missed this post somehow! I hope your Yomim Tovim are going well!
    I have been remiss in not letting you know that I have nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award. I apologize, and here is the link https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/an-award-a-tag-a-soup/. You are not in any way obligated to accept, and I fully understand that not everyone has the time and inclination to participate in these self-and-others-promoting exercises. Therefore, I will truly appreciate if you accept the nomination, as I sincerely think you deserve it, but I won’t get offended if you don’t. Nominating each one of you is my way of giving credit to some exceptional bloggers and perhaps attracting attention to your work.
    Chag Sameach to you and yours,

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