Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

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(62 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 minutes, plus draining time

Easy

Serves 4
Adding dried fruit, fresh mint and warm spices to savoury dishes is typical of North African cooking. Quorn replaces meat in this recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal497
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre9g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.21g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 350g pack Quorn mince
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    Cumin

    Cumin

    q-min

    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots, quartered
    Apricots

    Apricot

    ay-pree-kot

    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 600ml vegetable stock

For the couscous

  • 280g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • grated zest of 2 lemons
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 50g unsalted cashews, toasted under the grill
    Cashew

    Cashew

    ka-shoo

    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan, add the onions and cook gently for 5 minutes until they soften. Stir in the Quorn and spices (unlike meat and poultry, Quorn doesn’t need to be browned), then add the apricots and stock. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and cook gently for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, make up the couscous following the packet instructions – it will take about 450ml boiling water to give it a nice fluffy texture. Fork through the lemon zest and mint. Season to taste.

  3. Spoon the couscous onto serving plates, pile the Quorn mixture on top and scatter with the cashews.

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Misty51
26th Apr, 2017
3.8
My husband liked it and described it as delicious. I thought it was average. After reading the comments I doubled the spice, added chilli, ground coriander, a red pepper, tinned tomatoes and garlic and served with cucumber and mint raita. My question would be, if I had to add all of the extra ingredients is it really the same recipe?
Bearmar
23rd Apr, 2017
0.05
Very disappointing. Followed recipe to the letter but it was unbelievably bland - had to add so much extra seasoning.
Lilipan
18th Feb, 2017
3.8
This is a very bland recipe....buuuut I added a fair amount of ground coriander, 1 tbsp of tomato puree, splash of lemon and a bit of chilli and was then very tasty
Kellylula
16th Jan, 2015
Wow, how unbelievably boring. I started cooking this and part way through gave it a little taste and thought it tasted so bland so I thought I'd check the reviews. It has 4 stars but it's awful!! Added a tin of tomatoes as I had no paste let, a tin of kidney beans in chilli, some fresh green chillies, dried chilli flakes and it was then edible. This dish has no flavour at all. If you lie Moroccan food, don't cook this. There are so many much better recipes on this website. This one lets it down!!
russell_b21
15th Dec, 2014
Needed a lot of extra stuff to give it some taste. Not a great BBC GF recipe as it is. Added chickpeas, lemon juice and some tomato paste to it. Would I make it again? Probably not. I have other Moroccan recipes that are better.
robso.car
26th Aug, 2014
3.8
I really liked this! Added some chilli and only used half the stock, as suggested by comments :).
Suzan Riad
9th Mar, 2014
Excellent recepi! Added some tomato paste and it workd perfectly and couscous taste delicious
nadias1974
7th Mar, 2014
Don't bother. This receipe is bland and tasteless. Very disappointing. Also, not sure how they came to the conclusion that it feeds four.
Debzie
5th Jan, 2014
We thought that this was pretty boring - it might have been improved by frying the spices with the onions. Next time I'd just make a simple bolognaise or chilli with the mince.
maddyshine
30th Dec, 2013
This recipe was great. I had 10 friends over for dinner and used this (Just double the quantities). I added leeks and kidney beans in chill sauce and left out the apricots. Fab dish and was thoroughly enjoyed! I only used half the amount of stock that was recommended and it sufficed.

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