Moroccan Style Vegetables with Couscous

Serves: 4 to 6

For the vegetables:

3 Courgettes (Zucchini) cut in chunks
4 red onions sliced
3 capsicums (Bell peppers) – one in each colour – red, green & yellow or orange
1 medium butter nut squash cubed into 2cm pieces
salt & pepper to taste
2 tsp each of ground cumin(jeeru) and cinnamon (taj) powder
2 tsp paprika powder
3 tbsp olive oil
For the Couscous:

3 cups couscous
420 g canned chick peas drained and rinsed
3 tsp salt
2 tsp Arabic seasoning mix (cumin, coriander, black pepper, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, mint, onion, cloves, cinnamon, chilli and aniseed powder)
juice of 1 lemon
3 tbp olive oil
hot water


1) Pre -heat the oven to 200′C. Chop all the vegetables into large chunks about 2 cm cubed pieces. For the zucchini/courgette I cut it half length ways and then chopped it into 1 cm semi circles. For the butternut squash I have learnt the hard way that you need proper sharp knife and peeler.
2) In a  large baking tray place all the vegetables, and pour the olive oil over the vegetables together with the spices and salt, mix thoroughly and place in the oven.
3) While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the couscous. Drain & rinse the chick peas and keep aside. Boil some water. In a large bowl, place the couscous, chick peas, seasoning and all the other ingredients. Pour boiling hot water, enough to cover the couscous and 2 cms extra and mix with a fork.  Making sure all the grains of couscous are coated with the spice, olive oil and lemon juice, keep on mixing at regular intervals just to make sure that the grains of couscous don’t lump together. Once the water has absorbed taste the couscous for the correct balance of flavours and to make sure the couscous is al dente, you can add a little extra hot water if needed and mix again with a fork.
4) Check on the vegetables and mix at regular intervals to ensure that the vegetables cook evenly and the spices mix well together. They should be cooked in about 30 mins, check to make sure, once cooked remove from the oven and you are ready to serve with the couscous.


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