1: Buy plain couscous (approximately 1 pound for six people), meat of your preference (beef or chicken works best), and vegetables. Suggestions for vegetables are carrots, turnips, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes, onions, green peppers and potatoes.
2: First cook the meat. This should be done in the bottom half of a steamer pot. See picture below.
|This is the pot you need|
3: Add vegetables that take longer to soften as boiled; turnips, carrots, potatoes, green peppers, zucchini. Pour enough water into pot so that all vegetables are submerged.
|Veggies are ready to cook!|
|Couscous straight from the package|
|My host mom used her hand to splash a little bit of the water on the couscous at a time|
7: Allow about 10-15 minutes to steam.
8: Dump the couscous back into large plate or pan and mix it again so that there are no clumps.
9: Add another cup of water to the couscous, little by little, so that couscous becomes moist again.
10: Sprinkle a 3 to 4 tablespoons salt over couscous and mix again.
|Can you tell what's salt and what's couscous?|
11: Pour 1/4 cup olive oil over couscous and mix well.
|Just a little bit of olive oil|
12: Ensure that the vegetables in the bottom of the steamer pot are still covered in water and if not add more.
13: Add remaining vegetables into bottom of steamer pot; squash, pumpkin, tomatoes etc.
14: Put couscous back into top part of steamer pot and allow another 20 to 25 minutes to steam.
15: After couscous has cooked again, dump back into large plate or pan and mix again so that there are no clumps.
16: Mix in another cup of water so that couscous is fluffy.
17: Transfer couscous onto large serving plate and spread out evenly.
18: Check on vegetables and see if they are done. If not, continue boiling until they are soft.
19: Season vegetables and meat to taste with bullion cube, salt, pepper etc..
20: Ladle the vegetables and meat into the center of the plate.
|The finished product..... YUM!|
22: Moroccans like to eat couscous with buttermilk. If you're a fan of buttermilk, try it.
23: Eat with a spoon or try the Moroccan way, with your right hand.
24: Enjoy! Bismillah!
And that's how its done ladies and gentlemen. I hope you've enjoyed this Moroccan how to and look forward to the next one!