I tried my hand at something a little more exotic last night and made a Moroccan lamb and couscous dish I found online, because it didn’t look too scary – and boy, was that a good idea! The end result was a really interesting, tasty, filling, wholesome dish that was low on fat and high in protein – and the best part? It’s the simplest recipe I’ve ever tried!
One pan, a few simple steps, and only aboutu ten minutes total cooking time! I’m sold. If all Moroccan cooking is this good and this easy, I might have to drop the other stuff and become a full-time couscous chef.
So, without further ado:
Jin’s Moroccan One-Pot Lamb
2 lamb steaks, or four lamb chops with the fat trimmed off
2 heaped teaspoons of harissa powder and enough olive oil to mix them into a paste
1 tablespoon of olive oil
A handful of mixed dried fruit and nuts
85g of couscous
A 400g can of chickpeas, which you have rinsed and drained
100ml of chicken or lamb stock (this can be either fresh, from a stock pot, or from a cube)
- Mix up the harissa paste and throw the lamb in with it, making sure to mix it up so the lamb is evenly covered.
- Heat the oil in the pan and fry the lamb for 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare (adjust this time up and down to suit yourselves) then lift the meat out of the pan.
- Tip the remaining harissa, the couscous, the fruit and nuts and the chickpeas into the pan, and stir to coat in the harissa paste as it cooks.
- Pour in the stock, stir, and add the lamb back to the pan
- Cover with a lid for ten minutes, or until the couscous has absorbed all the liquid, whichever is sooner
- Plate and serve! As easy as that!
This is a great dish to add a little variety into your meal routine and is wonderful for introducing children to new food cultures and cuisines that they may otherwise be hesitant to try. It’s exotic-tasting, but not spicy or an acquired taste by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a simple, quick meal with very little prep and even less clean-up, and it tastes great.
I cooked it up in a few minutes last night, and when the kids were done, they actually asked “can I have some more?” and I was gobsmacked! Such little kids being so brave and trying something newm only to find they loved it!
I’ve got a few little globetrotters in the making here, mark my words.