Spicy lamb with warm couscous

Spicy lamb with warm couscous

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
A spicy lamb and couscous meal in just 15 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal479
  • fat21g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt1g
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  • 250g couscous



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

  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • zest 1 lemon



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

  • 350ml hot chicken stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 3 tsp harissa paste



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 4 lamb chops, approx 140g/5oz each
  • 150g pot natural yogurt
  • handful rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…


  1. Heat grill to medium. Tip the couscous, chickpeas and lemon zest into a large bowl and pour over the hot stock. Cover with cling film and leave to stand for 10 mins, until all the stock has been absorbed.

  2. Smear 2 tsp harissa paste over the lamb chops, season to taste, then grill for 3-4 mins each side until crisp outside and medium rare in the middle. Cover, then rest for a few mins. Mix the remaining harissa into the yogurt, then season to taste.

  3. Fold the rocket through the warm couscous, breaking up any clumps with a fork. Serve with the chops and a drizzle of harrissa and yogurt dressing.

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Douglas Nasrawi's picture
Douglas Nasrawi
20th Aug, 2018
As it stands, this recipe really lacks something moist. The sauce is insufficient to undo the unpleasant sensation of grilled lamb and dry couscous. It would be greatly improved by adding a traditional vegetable soup to accompany couscous or at least some mixed, mediterranean vegetables with a luscious sauce.
13th Mar, 2012
I liked this, Husband and son not so keen. They were both adamant the yoghurt mixed with harissa tasted like strawberry yoghurt?!
17th Nov, 2011
Quite possibly my fave lamb recipe. SO quick, SO easy and SO tasty. I drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on the couscous and serve with a few roasted Mediterranean veggies on the side – PERFECT!
25th Oct, 2011
Excellent I cooked this after work and it was quick and very tasty the crunchy crust of the lamb makes all the difference, I used to fry it before but I won't anymore.
7th Apr, 2010
Very quick and tasty dinner. I added a little olive oil to the coucous which I think added to it.
6th Apr, 2009
Will be making again.
8th Feb, 2009
Has become a real favourite in our house - I use extra harissa though as it's lovely!
15th Jan, 2008
Would make again - used double quantity of harissa paste.
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