We are going to show you how to make delicious Moroccan couscous that includes caramelised figs and vegetables. This goes great as a side dish with many meats, particularly lamb and chicken. It will serve four people and only takes 25 minutes to prepare.
What You’ll Need:
- A cup and a half of couscous
- A cup and a half of water
- One chopped red onion
- One sliced garlic clove
- Three tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- A quarter of a pumpkin, chopped and peeled
- A diced red capsicum
- A dice green capsicum
- Three quartered figs
- Lemon zest
- A single bay leaf
- One cinnamon stick
- A pinch of saffron
- One tbs. of cumin seed
- Two tbs. of sweet balsamic reduction
- A dash of lime juice
- A pinch of nutmeg
- Caramelised figs, fresh coriander and mint for garnish
How to Make It
- Pour the couscous into a bowl.
- Boil your water in a medium sauce pan, then add the boiling water to the couscous and mix them together. Cover the mixture and allow to set for five minutes.
- Combine olive oil, garlic, red onion, pumpkin, green and red capsicum and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Fry all this together until it is fully cooked.
- Using another pan, combine two tbs. of water, the cinnamon stick, figs, bay leaf and two tbs. of balsamic reduction.
- In another pan, combine cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg and saffron and grind with a mortar and pestle.
- Combine the veggies, spices and lime juice.
- Use a fork to fluff this combination and separate the grains. Take the mixture and add to the couscous. Stir lightly.
- Garnish with figs, mint, and coriander, and finish by drizzling some sweet balsamic reduction on top.
- Please note- for a chunky couscous, cut the vegetables into cubes and roast them instead of frying them.