Spicy and very good ~ be sure to add the cilantro when serving! I cut this recipe in half, and in error added one tablespoon minced ginger, and a pinch of red pepper flakes! My printer ran out of ink and I could barely read the print-out! After making it, and reviewing the recipe online, I realized no ginger or red pepper flakes were called for! Shame on me ~ sorry, I need new glasses! The stew was delicious anyway! I simmered the mixture for 20 minutes after adding white basmati rice ~ then added the chickpeas, just heating them through. Made for Spring PAC 2012.