Decorative and tasty. Beautiful colors. Great for a family or friends gathering. Use chicken instead of lamb if the guests are not used to eating lamb, it has a strong taste. You can plate it seperately or as a large centerpiece.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 2 lbs lamb or 2 lbs chicken
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 red bell pepper, minced
- 2 carrots, quartered
- 1 zucchini, quartered
- 1 yellow squash, quartered
- 1 medium potato, peeled and quartered
- 1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas
Caramelized Onion Topping
- 1 onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups dry couscous
- 3 cups water
- 4 teaspoons chicken base
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- Mix all spices in a dish and set aside.
- Chop meat into large chunks. Heat oil. Brown meat on all sides for 5 minutes.
- Add onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 more minutes.
- Add water, spices, and tomato sauce. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add carrots and potato pieces. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add zucchini and bell pepper to stew. Cook for 20 minutes.
- Add the chickpeas and cook last 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare onion topping. Sauté onions to a light brown color.
- Add rest of topping ingredients and cook till caramelized and bubbly. Set aside.
- Boil the water for couscous. Add chicken base and butter.
- Add couscous. Make sure this is the last part of the recipe you make.
- Once the couscous is added, leave it alone for 5 minutes.
- Fluff couscous with fork. Time to eat!
- Serve any way you like. I plate the cousouse and top it with as much or as little stew as I want. Then I add the vegies that I want and top it all off with the sweet onion/raisin topping.
Great flavour - made it pretty much exactly as recipe stated (didn't have saffron). If like me you love it spicy, add some fresh chillies.
I rarely review recipes because I'm so often dissapointed but not so with this one! I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this dish. Absolutely delicious. I used chicken breasts, slightly less oil, and margarine instead of butter. Also I used whole wheat couscous and they came out perfect. Thaks so much for this recipe. Will definetly make again and again.
Excellent! Very flavorful. I used lamb; the stew was incredible. I believe, I probably used a little more than a pinch of saffron. For the couscous I followed the package instruction, because it called for less water. I got quite a bit more than 6 servings. Thank you Dasha. Made for PAC Fall 2007