I love this moroccan couscous because it beats every other variations of couscous I've made. I usually make couscous the Nigerian fried rice way, which is delicious and I love it too. But this moroccan couscous is deliciously different and for me I think it is because of the fresh herbs used. It elevates this dish for me, so for optimum enjoyment, I would recommend using the fresh herbs if possible. I also hope to try a more authentic version when I visit Morocco one day!
I usually have couscous for lunch and this recipe has just made lunch time a lot more better. Why not take your couscous to the next level with this recipe. Feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to your taste, for example because I'm not a massive fan of chickpeas I actually used less than what is in the recipe below but for a normal moroccan couscous, chickpeas is famous ingredients so rather than taking it out completely, I just used less of it. So let's get into it.
- 1 cup couscous
-1/2 red bell pepper (diced)
-1/2 red onions (diced)
-1 tsp salt
-300ml broth or 2-3 stock cubes
-1 diced carrot (diced)
-1 cup chickpeas
-1/2 cup fresh coriander (chopped)
-1/2 cup fresh mint (chopped)
-1/2 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
-1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp tumeric
-1 tsp black pepper
-2 cloves garlic (grated)
-1 tsp black pepper
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-1.5 tbsp Olive oil
1) Wash and dice the bell pepper, onions, and carrot. Also chop all the herbs as well at this stage to save you time later.
2)Add 1 tsp of oil to the pan, and let it heat up for about 30 seconds.
3)Add the onions, bell pepper and carrot.Stir together and let it fry for about 2-3 minutes. Then add the salt, stir together and let it fry for couple more minutes.
4)Then turn the heat off and set the vegetables aside.
5)In a bowl, add grated garlic, turmeric, black pepper, ground coriander, ground cumin, cinnamon, 2 tbsp of lemon juice, and 1 tbsp of oil. Mix these altogether.
6) In a separate bowl, add the broth, couscous and enough boiling water required for the couscous (for 2 cups of couscous 1 and 1/4 cup of boiling water should cook this). Also add the spice mix (from step 5). Add the raisins as well. Mix altogether and cover the couscous mixture for about 5 minutes.
7) After 5 minutes, the couscous should be cooked. Stir it altogether to allow for spices to mix together properly.
8)Add the chickpeas and also the fried vegetables from step 3&4 to the couscous mix. Mix together properly. Then add the fresh herbs- parsley, coriander and mint. Mix together properly again and that's it! All done and ready to enjoy! Pair with your favourite meat or fish or enjoy on its own. I like mine with Harrisa Grilled chicken (you can find the recipe for this here)
Check out the reels section of my Instagram page for a quick video showing the process here.
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