Moroccan Spiced Couscous

    20 minutes

    Enjoy this easy, spicy side dish of couscous with chickpeas, lemon zest, and raisins.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 1 1/4 cups water
    • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
    • 11/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
    • 300g couscous
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
    • 1 red, green, or yellow capsicum, cut into 2cm pieces
    • 2 zucchinis, halved lengthwise and cut into 2cm pieces
    • 1 cup raisins
    • salt
    • grated zest of one orange
    • 2 tins (800g total) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Bring the stock, 1 1/4 cups water, oil, lemon zest, cumin and a pinch of salt to the boil in a large saucepan. Add the couscous, return to the boil, then remove from the heat, cover and stand for 5 minutes.
    2. Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Stir in the cumin, ginger, cloves, cayenne, cardamom, coriander, and allspice; gently toast until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in oil and onion, cook until softened. Stir in the capsicum, and zucchini; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the raisins, salt, zest, and chickpeas.
    3. Pour in the chicken stock and orange juice; turn heat to high and bring to a boil. When the mixture is boiling, stir in the couscous and remove from heat; cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and fold in chopped mint.

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    Delicious. I reduced the recipe by 1/3, put half in the fridge and ate it as a tasty meal for one!  -  27 Feb 2011


    Made it vegetarian. Used veggie stock and used currants instead of raisins.  -  03 May 2010


    Used different ingredients. Substituted dried cranberries (craisins) for the raisins. Swapped the chickpeas out for a cup of toasted pine nuts.  -  27 Feb 2011