Moroccan Vegetable Couscous With Lamb Shanks

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Total Time
1hr 15mins
10 mins
1 hr 5 mins

Moroccan fez style couscous made with seven vegetables. Delicious and filling. This can be a meal in itself! This is also delicious with chicken!

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  1. In a saucepan cover chickpeas with water and cook, covered, until tender.
  2. Drain, cool and remove skins.
  3. In bottom of a Couscoussier (or double stock pot w/steamer), preheat 5 tablespoons of butter and oil over medium heat until hot.
  4. Add lamb, salt, spices, onions, herb sprigs and tomatoes; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  5. Add 3 quarts water and chickpeas; cover and simmer over low heat, 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Cut meat into chunks, discarding bones.
  7. Add carrots, turnips and quince to lamb broth and simmer 30 minutes.
  8. In a separate saucepan cover squash with broth from lamb stew and simmer until tender.
  9. To lamb broth add zucchini, chili pepper, and raisins.
  10. Top with colander containing couscous, cover and steam 20 minutes.
  11. Dot couscous with remaining butter during last 5 minutes of steaming.
  12. To serve, spoon couscous onto serving dish and toss with Ghee*, Smen** or butter.
  13. Spread out to form a large well in center.
  14. With a slotted spoon transfer meat and vegetables into well.
  15. Add drained squash.
  16. Strain broth, adjust seasoning to taste and moisten couscous and vegetables with broth.