Couscous with vegetable tagine recipe

Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time 16 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

olive oil
1 onion, thickly sliced
1 red capsicum, seeded and roughly chopped
4 long, thin eggplant, sliced
2 zucchini, halved lengthways, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
400g can whole tomatoes
1 1/2 cups (300g) couscous
2 cups boiling water
400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped coriander
chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve


Heat a little olive oil in a large deep frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, capsicum, eggplant and zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin. Cook, stirring, for a further minute then stir in the canned tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are quite tender.

Meanwhile, place the couscous in a large heatproof bowl and pour over 2 cups boiling water. Cover with plastic wrap and stand for 5 minutes. Remove plastic wrap from the couscous and add 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper, fluffing up with a fork to separate the grains.

Once the vegetables are tender, add the chickpeas and coriander and cook for 2 minutes to warm through.

Serve the couscous topped with the vegetable tagine and scatter with chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve.

Recipe by Kate Murdoch