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Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

Spiced mince with couscous

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • 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. Vegetarian mince replaces meat in this recipe

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal497
fat16g
saturates2g
carbs67g
sugars0g
fibre9g
protein24g
low insalt1.21g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions , roughly chopped
  • 350g vegetarian mince
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots , quartered
  • 600ml vegetable stock

For the couscous

  • 280g couscous
  • grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 50g unsalted cashews , toasted under the grill

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan, add the onions and cook gently for 5 minutes until they soften. Stir in the vegetarian mince and spices (unlike meat and poultry, vegetarian mince 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 3

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

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2003

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