Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
I bought some giant cous cous - Moghrabieh - and wasn't sure what to do with it. Moghrabieh is also known as Lebanese, Israeli and Giant Couscous. After looking for some recipes, I decided to throw caution to the wind and create my own dish based on what I'd read and what I like. The result was delicous, so thought I'd better write it down before I forget it. The Moghrabieh is like small round balls of pasta, rather than a grain, and so I cooked it like pasta.
- 4 -6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 liter chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup israeli couscous (Moghrabieh)
- 2 liters water
- Using spray oil or the olive oil, coat a heavy based casserole dish or pot and place on cook top.
- When the oil is hot, add the chick drumsticks and cook for about 5 mins so that the chicken is turning a golden brown.
- Add the onion, and continue cooking unitl the onion is translucent - about 5 minutes If either onion or chicken starts to burn, reduce the heat.
- Add the fennel seeds, cumin and corriander and cook another minute.
- Add the chicken stock and increase the heta if needed, so that the stock reaches boiling point, then turn down and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
- While the chicken is cooking, add the Moghrabieh to a pot of boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes or until the Moghrabieh is cooked but not mushy. Drain and set aside.
- After 30 minutes, add the tomato to the chicken and cook a further 15 minutes. If needed increase the cooking time if the chicken is not yet 'falling off the bone'.
- Remove the chicken from the pot and remove chicken from the bone.
- If the mixture is too watery at this stage, turn up the heat so that the remaining liquid reduces and thickens.
- Return the chicken to the sauce once the right consistency has been achieved.
- To serve, add the Moghrabieh to bowls and top with the chicken mixture.