Couscous with Figs

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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.
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