Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flavours of Morocco -Couscous with Vegetables

1 couscous box
2 Onions
3 Carrots
1 Potato
2 Turnips
1 piece of pumpkin / butternut squash
½ Cup of chopped Parsley
½ Cup of chopped Coriander
2 Tbsp of minced Garlic
1 can of chickpeas
½ Tsp Cumin
½ Tsp red chilli powder
¼ Tsp turmeric
1 ½ Tsp Salt (to taste)
½ Tsp Pepper (to taste)
3 Tbsp of Oil
2 Tbsp of tomato paste
3 Vegetable stock cubes
6 Cups of Water

1- Peel and slice all the vegetables in large pieces.
2- On medium heat, add the oil and put the onions in the cooking pan, stir the onions for a couple of minutes then add the garlic, parsley and coriander.
3- Add to the onions half the amount of paprika, cumin, turmeric, salt.
4- Add the vegetable cubes, add water and close the lid of the pan.
5- When the wateris boiling, add the potato pieces.

Note: Cook the harder vegetables first then when they are half cooked add the softer vegetables

5- After 10 minutes, add the carrots.
6- After 15 minutes, add the turnips.
7- After 10 minutes, add the butternut squash.
8- Add the rest of the spices and the tomato paste.
9- After 10 minutes, add chickpeas.

Steps to make the Couscous:

3 cups of Couscous
3 cups of water (same cup as you measured the couscous)
1/4 tsp of salt.

Boil the water, add salt. Put off the flame. Now add the couscous to the boiling water & close the lid. leave it closed for 5-6 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of butter & fluff up the couscous with a fork.

Serve the couscous on a plate then top it up with some veggies and sauce & enjoy.

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