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    Default Vegetable Couscous

    From Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cooking - David Scott

    Below is a suggested recipe, as long as the method and seasoning are followed the combination of vegetables may be altered according to season:

    Serves 6 -8

    50g butter or oil
    3 cloves garlic, crushed
    2 medium onions, quartered
    6 small courgettes, cut in 1inch pieces
    2 medium green peppers, cut in thick strips
    2 large potatoes, coarsely chopped
    4 medium carrots, quartered
    2 small turnips, quartered
    225g cooked chick peas
    450g fresh or tinned tomatoes
    100g sultanas, apricots or raisins (I always leave these out through choice)
    1 & 1/2 tsp ground coriander
    1 & 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    2 tsp tumeric
    1/2 tsp cayenne or 2 sml chilli peppers, seeded and chopped
    salt and black pepper to taste
    2pt water
    450g couscous

    In a heavy saucepan, or the bottom of a couscousier, melt the butter or oil, add the garlic and vegetables and saute, stirring over a moderate heat for 10 minutes. Now add the spices and fry, stir, then add half the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

    Prepare the couscous and add to the top of the couscousier, or into a colander, and place it over the cooking vegetables. Leave to steam gently for 30 minutes. Now add to the vegetables the remaining ingredients (tomatoes, chick peas, etc), bring back to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir the couscous grains to break up any lumps and put it back over the cooking vegetables for a final 20 minutes.

    Pile the grains on a large serving dish. Drain off some of the liquid from the vegetables into a seperate bowl. Pour the vegetables over the couscous and serve with the cooking liquid and hot pepper sauce or harissa in seperate bowls.




    That's the pfaffing way of doing it. We combine bits and tend to throw in all the veggies and toms and the rest, after frying off the spices, but we don't always put uncooked root veggies in which might need longer cooking times. Then put in more water if needed. The couscous (unfortunately) gets microwaved with veggie stock rather than water.
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    Another recipe uses different herbs and spices...

    2 potatoes, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 turnips, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 carrots, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 onions, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 sweet potatoes, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 yellow squash, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 green courgettes, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 green peppers, cut into 2inch cubes
    2 tomatoes, cut into 2inch cubes
    1/2 butternut squash or aubergine, cut into 2inch cubes (optional)
    pinch saffron
    1 tbs paprika
    1 tbs black pepper
    1 tbs cumin
    1/2 tsp chilli powder or 1 chilli pepper (optional)
    4 bay leaves
    2 tbs parsley, chopped
    2 tbs coriander, chopped
    4 cloves garlic chopped
    1oz olive oil
    4 cups water

    In the bottom of the couscoussiere pour the 4 cups of water, add the garlic, paprika, black pepper, saffron, cumin, bay leaves, parsley, coriander, (chilli), olive oil and the 'hard' vegetables. Cover and cook for about 25 minutes. Add 'soft' vegetables and cook for another 15 minutes. Steam the couscous on the upper part of the couscoussiere so the couscous will get the flavour from the vegetables.


    Pile the grains on a large serving dish. Drain off some of the liquid from the vegetables into a seperate bowl. Pour the vegetables over the couscous and serve with the cooking liquid and hot pepper sauce or harissa in seperate bowls.
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    Ooh, thanks for that Manda, they look great - I'll give tham a try after Christmas.
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