Cous Cous with Spicy Baked Aubergine and Chickpea Stew
Preparation notes

Serves 4


700ml pints vegetable stock
350g cous cous
1 lemon grated rind only
4 tbsp olive oil
50g flaked almonds, lightly toasted
75g canned breakfast apricots, chopped
3 tbsp sultanas
3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
to taste salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Aubergines:
1 large aubergine cut into 2.5cm/1” cubes
1 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
2 lemons juice only
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp harissa paste
1 tsp salt
60ml/4tbsp olive oil

For the Chickpea Stew:
2 onions, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp paprika
pinch cayenne
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
150ml vegetable stock
3tbsp tomato puree
1 x 400g/14oz can chickpeas, drained
1 bay leaf
to taste salt
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas5. Heat the stock in a large saucepan until boiling. Pour the cous cous in and stir in the lemon rind. Remove from the heat, cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Fluff the cous cous up with a fork - it should absorb most of the liquid. Drizzle over the olive oil and fold in the almonds, apricots, sultanas and parsley. Season to taste.
  3. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and fluff up the grains again. Keep warm until needed.
  4. Place the aubergine in a shallow ovenproof dish. Mix together all the remaining ingredients and toss the aubergine to cover. Seal tightly with cling film and leave for at least half an hour to marinade. Remove the cling film and place the marinated aubergine in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes until tender.

To make the chickpea stew:

  1. Fry the onions in the oil until soft and golden. Add the garlic and spices and fry for 2 minutes longer. Add the tomatoes and stock and simmer gently until well cooked and starting to thicken. Stir in the tomato puree, chickpeas and bay leaf. Simmer for 5 minutes more.
  2. Season to taste and stir in the chopped parsley. Spread the cous cous on a large platter and ladle the chickpea stew over the top. Top the stew with the baked aubergines and serve.

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Cous Cous with Spicy Baked Aubergine and Chickpea Stew

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