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

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Stage 1 - 10 min.

Vegetables preparation

Prepare 4 courgettes.

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

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Wash and slice 1 leek thinly, set aside.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
Peel and wash 4 carrots, cut into pieces, set aside.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Peel and wash 4 turnips, cut into pieces, set aside.

Stage 5 - 5 min.

Stage 6 - 10 min.

Meats preparation

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

When it's hot, make brown 20 Meatballs.

Stage 7 - 10 min.
Do the same thing with 800 g chicken breast.

Do this for all the meats, then set aside.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
In 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.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
Add meat, 4 tablespoons spices for couscous and mix again.

Stage 10
Add all the vegetables and 350 g tinned (canned) chickpeas, mix again.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
Add 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.

Stage 12 - 15 min.
Bring to the boil.

Stage 13 - 1 hour
Then cover, and let cook on slow fire for at least 1 hour (2 or 3 hours is better).

Stage 14 - 5 min.

Couscous preparation

Prepare the couscous: heat 5 glasses water with 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt.

Stage 15 - 5 min.
When water is boiling, remove from heat and add 5 glasses couscous, mix well, cover and leave for 5 minutes.

Stage 16
After this time, add 50 g butter (or more), and mix with a fork. It's ready.

Stage 17
When couscous is ready, broth is in a beautiful red and all vegetables are soft.

Check seasoning.

Stage 18
The 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.
And to drink?
A wine from Algeria of course, or Languedoc, something full-bodied. Otherwise a well chilled rosé from Provence.
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,457 Kcal or 18,661 Kj232 gr304 gr259 gr
223 %89 %29 %39 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
65 Kcal or 272 Kj3 gr4 gr4 gr
3 %1 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
446 Kcal or 1,867 Kj23 gr30 gr26 gr
22 %9 %3 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg, Gluten, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 10 people : 24.92 €
  • Per person : 2.49 €

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