About this recipe:This is a wonderful recipe which incorporates sweetness and spiciness. Couscous is simmered with dates, mushrooms, cinnamon, star anise and chillies in a chicken stock. It's the perfect side dish for the cold winter months.
Mark & Minna
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 whole star anise pods
salt to taste
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 dried chillies, diced
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 large fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons chopped dates
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
175g uncooked couscous
350ml vegetable stock
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:20min › Ready in:30min
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and saute onion until tender. Season with anise pods and salt. Mix in garlic, pepper, dried chillies and black pepper. Continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
Stir mushrooms and lemon juice into the vegetable mixture. Mix in dates and cinnamon and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.
Place couscous in a medium saucepan and cover with vegetable stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, until all moisture has been absorbed.
Fluff couscous with a fork, mix into the vegetables and serve.