099 – Moroccan Couscous with Vegetables

Ingredients

3 Cups of Couscous
1 Tbs of Smen (Clarified Butter)
2 Tbs of Vegetable Oil
2 Cups of Water
1 Chicken (2 lbs)
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
½ Tsp Turmeric
1 Tsp Ginger Powder
1 Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Pepper
1 Large Pinch of Saffron
1 Cabbage
1 Butternut Squash
2 Cups of Dried Chickpeas (soaked in water overnight) or 1 Can of Chickpeas
2 Tomatoes
1 Bunch of Parsley
1 Bunch of Cilantro
4 Carrots
1 Zucchini
2 Potatoes
2 Turnips
1 Onion
3 Red Chilies

Directions

Steps to prepare the Vegetables:
1- Peel and slice all the vegetables in large pieces.
Steps to cook the Chicken and Vegetables:
1 – You will need a Moroccan Couscous Pot. You will use the bottom piece of the pot to cook the Chicken and Vegetables and the top perforated part to cook the Couscous.
2 – Place the Chicken, Oil, meat spices, tomato and onions in the bottom pot.
3 – Cover the pot and cook on Medium Heat for 10 minutes.4 – After 10 minutes have elapsed add the following vegetables: Cilantro, Parsley, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Turnips, cabbage and the Chickpeas. Note: If using canned Chickpeas add these at the end.
5 – Add 2 cups of Water; continue to cook on Medium Heat for 40 minutes.

Steps to cook the Couscous:
1 – While the Chicken and Vegetables cook prepare the couscous.
2 – In a bowl mix the Couscous with the oil and water.
3 – Once the 40 minutes have elapsed remove the Chicken.
4 – Taste the sauce and adjust your spices.
5 – Add the rest of the vegetables: Zucchini, Butternut Squash and the Red Chili peppers.
6 – Place the couscous in the top section of the couscous pot, place on top of the section of the pot that contains the vegetables, cover and cook until you see steam coming up from the couscous. (Approximately 10 minutes)
7 – Remove the Couscous from the Couscous pot and place in a large bowl.
8 – Add Salt to taste and 1 Cup of Water and mix.
9 – Return the couscous to steam again (approximately 10 Minutes)
10 – Remove the Couscous from the pot once again and work the couscous with the smen.

Serving the Couscous:
Serve the couscous by setting the couscous grains first in a dome, adding some sauce to the couscous, then adding the vegetables on the top of the ‘dome’ and around.