If kohlrabi is not available, buy a small savoy or green cabbage. Get about 1-pound. Cut it into quarters with the core trimmed out. Add to the stew in step 3.
If not finding root ginger or a cinnamon stick on hand, use 1 teaspoon each of ground ginger and cinnamon.
When making homemade chickpeas, remove any aromatics and reserve the broth to use in step 1 instead of water or commercial stock. It will give the stew extra flavor. If using a chipotle pepper to make your beans, don’t add any more to the stew.
For a spicier option, mix some harissa (North African chili paste) to taste into a ladleful of the stew’s broth, and pour it over your plate.