CousCous with Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

I have used couscous for many years in my dishes. It is part of a different cuisine - the Moroccan cuisine. This meant that I only made couscous according to the British way (a couscous salad or with roasted vegetables), which is hardly traditional... Another example is the famous British curry- it is so different from the curry served in India... 

For once, I thought that it would be a good idea to explore the Moroccan cuisine in a more traditional way..hence, making Cous Cous with Moroccan Vegetable Tagine ;)

I and my family loved this flavour-packed vegetable stew. It seems a long list, but is actually quite simple to make, and makes it look like you have spent a lot of time on it ;). With this dish, I got a chance to use dried fruits in my main meal - this, in turn, made the dish spicy yet sweet at the same time. Plus point for this dish is that Beans and chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, even better when they are eaten with grains such as wheat and rice...

You might remember my earlier post on Fennel and Saffron Rice where I mistakenly forgot to add the saffron..well that saffron ended up in this dish instead!

You will need for the vegetable tagine:
  • 1 cup butternut squash - peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup carrots - cubed
  • 1/2 cup french beans - chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper - chopped
    1 cup cooked chickpeas - drained
  • 1 red onion - chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin and coriander
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 250 ml boiling vegetable stock (i used a stock cube)
  • 5 -6 dried apricots - roughly chopped
  • raisins - about a handful
  • 3 tbsp chopped, fresh coriander
You will need for the Spicy couscous:

  • 300 g couscous

  • 450ml boiling vegetable stock(used vegetable stock cube)
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp harrisa paste 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin and coriander
  • here I added my soaked saffron

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for 2-3 minutes or until changing the colour.  Toss in the garlic and ginger and cook for a few seconds.  Add squash, carrots, french beans, red pepper and tomatoes and all the spices and bay leaves.  Pour the boiling stock and add the raisins and apricot, then cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the couscous.  in a large bowl tip the couscous, pour the stock and add oil, harissa paste and spices.  leave until the liquid has been completely absorbed, then fork the mixture through to separate the grains.

Now add the chickpeas and stir and cook 5 minutes more or until all the veggies are tender but still retain their shape and texture.  Now add finely 2 tbsp chopped coriander into a stew.  Turn off the heat.  Stew is ready.

Tip the couscous onto a platter.  Pile the vegetable stew on top of the couscous and scatter over the chopped coriander.


  1. very healthy recipe sounds delicious.. nice pic. Jagruti..

  2. Its a joy to see the cous cous and I love the beady feel when I chew them, loads of veggies mmm so helathy!!!

  3. looks so yummy and delicious..very nice presentation, dear!

  4. This is just the kind of dish that I love...butternut squash, tons of veggies, Moroccan flavors...absolutely heavenly!

    You should submit this to my Regional Recipes event. This month we are featuring Middle Eastern food!

  5. Yummy Tagine, I love it too.

  6. My most favourtie moroccan dish after harira is this couscous..looks delicious with eyecatching vegetables...

  7. A great way to have couscous and that too with lots of vegetables...looks tempting and a lovely click!

  8. Thanks girls...
    @ Joanne; it was heavenly dish...while i was cooking my DD was keep asking me"how long mum?cooking smell is making me more hungry", and she was the first one to dig in..also my househelper was doing ironing in the other room even she came and ask about the dish,she is polish girl...

  9. Perfect Moroccan dish..lov cous cous

  10. Beautifully captured! love the dish..

  11. Jus when i was thinking of including more cous cous in my diet...thnx...

  12. I don't know much about Moroccan cuisine, this couscous dish looks really good.

  13. Love al the colors, looks so delicious.

  14. I love couscous!!! Your dish sounds delicious!!! Full of flavors.

  15. Wow.. nice dish!!.. Thank you for all the new recipes and cuisines!!.. looks very goood!:)

  16. wow, this is my all time favourite one pot meal!!!

    full of goodness, this is a filling and healthy dish, yours look perfect!!!

  17. I love couscous and this looks delicious. Nice presentation.

  18. Hi Jagruti,
    I loved this. It is new for me! Definitely I will try this. Thanks for sharing!
    I never tried Morocco cuisine!

  19. A totally new dish for me, nice recipe too and looks delicious as well...

  20. Yummy! Love these dishes you are creating. I'll be back!

  21. That's a colorful wholesome meal...

  22. Jagruti,
    Loved this version also...loads of healthy veggies and cous-cous , can I ask for more ,LOL! Just a quick info-I have seen in fact wished to buy butternut squash from stores many times, but couldn't gather courage as dont know how I can manage peeling the squash...let me know how you do it ..thanks
    hugs and smiles

  23. Thanks for this interesting new recipe...

  24. hi ... lovely blog..first time here...

  25. Nice pic and a healthy recipe!

  26. Hey, sounds healthy..yummy too..

  27. Jagruti,

    Healthy Moroccan dish. Yummy too

  28. hey jagruti...this is lovely meal...very nice n intersting recipes,new 2 me... thnx for r also awesome

  29. This is a feast...looks so colorful and this combo with tagine :)

  30. yummy n healthy dish...tempting..

  31. wow healthy dish with a lot of veggies

  32. love your morroccon tagine, Jagruti! I am drooling over my pc right now looking at these delicious pictures :)

  33. Healthy and colourful dish....

  34. delicious,but we dont get couscous here i believe..:)

  35. hi jag, am from feltham ....where do u stay?...


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