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In couscous, the meat and vegetable mixture is rather long to cook, but not difficult. And the couscous itself (a kind of coarse semolina) is simple and quick to prepare.

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Last modified on: November 16th 2017

For 10 people, you will need:

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48 min.5 min.1 hour 43 min.2 hours 36 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Couscous : Photo of step #1

Vegetables preparation

Prepare 4 courgettes.

If you have small courgettes, just cut into thick slices.

Set aside.
10 min.
2 Couscous : Photo of step #2Wash and slice 1 leek thinly, set aside. 10 min.
3 Couscous : Photo of step #3Peel and wash 4 carrots, cut into pieces, set aside. 10 min.
4 Couscous : Photo of step #4Peel and wash 4 turnips, cut into pieces, set aside. 10 min.
5 Couscous : Photo of step #5Peel and slice 1 onion and 1 garlic clove thinly. 5 min.
6 Couscous : Photo of step #6

Meats preparation

In a big pan on hot fire, put 4 tablespoons olive oil.

When it's hot, make brown 20 Meatballs.
10 min.
7 Couscous : Photo of step #7Do the same thing with 800 g chicken breast.

Do this for all the meats, then set aside.
10 min.
8 Couscous : Photo of step #8In the same pan, add a little more olive oil if necessary, add onion and garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes. 3 min.
9 Couscous : Photo of step #9Add meat, 4 tablespoons spices for couscous and mix again. 1 min.
10 Couscous : Photo of step #10Add all the vegetables and 350 g tinned (canned) chickpeas, mix again.
11 Couscous : Photo of step #11Add 2 litres water. With a spatula, scrape bottom of pan well to mix all the flavours (important).

Add 70 g tomato paste and 2 beefs stock cube, then salt and pepper.
2 min.
12 Couscous : Photo of step #12Bring to the boil. 15 min.
13 Couscous : Photo of step #13Then cover, and let cook on slow fire for at least 1 hour (2 or 3 hours is better). 1 hour
14 Couscous : Photo of step #14

Couscous preparation

Prepare the couscous: heat 5 glasses water with 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt.
5 min.
15 Couscous : Photo of step #15When water is boiling, remove from heat and add 5 glasses semolina, mix well, cover and leave for 5 minutes. 5 min.
16 Couscous : Photo of step #16After this time, add 50 g butter (or more), and mix with a fork. It's ready.
17 Couscous : Photo of step #17When couscous is ready, broth is in a beautiful red and all vegetables are soft.

Check seasoning.
18 Couscous : Photo of step #18The traditional way to serve: a layer of couscous, then vegetables and meat, and a good deal of sauce over the top.


To prepare a hotter sauce: take 2 or 3 ladles of stock from the pan, and in a bowl mix with a good tablespoon of harissa (according to your taste) and some chick-peas. Serve with couscous for spicy sauce aficionados.

As for the chicken, choose a good quality one (free-range, of traceable origin, or "red label" in France for instance).

Proportions are given as suggestions, do not hesitate to adapt to your taste.

You can add other vegetables if you like: bell pepper, aubergine/eggplants, and other meats: meatballs, lamb, spicy sausage, beef...

If you can't find a ready-made mix of couscous spices, you can make your own from: cumin, coriander (ground), cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and turmeric. Paprika, cloves and caraway are also sometimes used.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
5585272 gr316 gr359 gr
279 %105 %30 %54 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
774 gr4 gr5 gr
4 %1 %<1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
55827 gr31 gr35 gr
28 %10 %3 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 10 people : 27.33 €
Per person : 2.73 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: A wine from Algeria of course, or Languedoc, something full-bodied. Otherwise a well chilled rosé from Provence.
Source: Home made
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