AT A GLANCE
"Would you please ask Iberia in Adelaide to share the recipe for its caldoso?" - Jill Sawyer, Adelaide, SA
There are no real rules for this dish - use a mix of the best available ingredients in season at the time. Begin it a day ahead to soak the legumes.
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|01||Soak chickpeas and lentils separately in 2 cups water each overnight. if using unpearled farro, also soak overnight (see note). Drain, bring chickpeas, bay leaf and 3 cups water to the boil in a small saucepan, reduce heat and simmer until tender (40 minutes to 1 hour). Drain. Meanwhile, rinse lentils, cover with cold water, bring to a simmer and cook until tender but still with a little bite (20-30 minutes). Drain. For farro, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil, add farro and boil until tender (12 minutes). Drain.|
|02||For sofrito, gently sauté onion, garlic, thyme and bay leaf in oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat until light colour starts to form on the base of the pan (7-8 minutes). Add capsicum and sauté until colour starts to form on the base of the pan again (10-15 minutes). Add zucchini and eggplant and continue to cook until minimal liquid is left (15-20 minutes). Add tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until dark in colour (20-30 minutes). Cool. This can be made a day or two ahead. Makes about 1½ cups (reserve remainder for another use).|
|03||Heat a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil and rice. Stir for 1-2 minutes to toast without browning. Add saffron, ⅔ cup soffrito and a good pinch of salt, and fry gently until fragrant. Add 1 litre stock, simmer until rice is half-cooked (8-10 minutes), then add chickpeas, lentils, farro and cabbage and simmer until cabbage is tender (6 minutes). Add remaining stock, peas and beans, chilli and silverbeet, and simmer until vegetables are tender (3 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in zucchini, parsley, and lemon juice. Season to taste, drizzle with oil and serve topped with fennel fronds.|