Algerian couscous

    1 hour 40 min

    Lamb and chicken are simmered with root vegetables and spices in this Algerian stew served over fluffy couscous.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 60ml olive oil, or more as needed, divided
    • 8 mutton or lamb chops, fat removed
    • 4 chicken thighs
    • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 3 onions, quartered
    • water to cover
    • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
    • 3 potatoes, cut into chunks
    • 3 small turnips, cut into chunks
    • 3 carrots, sliced lengthwise and cut into chunks
    • 170g tomato puree
    • 2 tablespoons ras el hanout (see note)
    • 200g chickpeas, drained
    • 2 courgettes, sliced lengthwise and cut into chunks
    • 5 sprigs fresh coriander, chopped
    • Couscous
    • 700ml water
    • 350g couscous
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 3 tablespoons harissa

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season lamb and chicken with salt and pepper; cook in batches with onions in the hot oil until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a large plate.
    2. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to release browned bits. Return lamb and chicken to the pot. Pour in enough water to cover; add turmeric, cumin and ground coriander. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer for 20 minutes.
    3. Stir potatoes, turnips and carrots into the pot. Simmer, covered, until vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Mix in tomato puree and ras el hanout; cook for 10 minutes. Stir in chickpeas, courgettes and fresh coriander; continue cooking, covered, until courgette is tender, about 5 minutes.
    4. Bring 700ml water to the boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and stir in couscous and butter. Cover saucepan and let stand until water is absorbed completely, 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer to a serving dish.
    5. Ladle 2 scoops of cooking liquid into a bowl; mix in harissa until smooth.
    6. Scoop vegetables onto a serving plate. Scoop lamb and chicken onto a separate plate. Serve alongside couscous, harissa sauce and remaining cooking liquid in the pot.

    Homemade ras el hanout:

    Mix 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

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