Lamb and Prune Baked Couscous
Easy Meal in a Bowl
Why not invite friends over? While your dish bakes in the oven you will have plenty of time to enjoy wine and company ! Credit :PLUM Winter issue 21, 2013
30 ml olive oil
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5 ml fresh ginger, finely grated
500g deboned lamb cubes
10 ml ground coriander
5 ml ground cumin
2 ml tumeric
2 cinnamon sticks
salt and milled black pepper
300 ml chicken stock or water
1 ( 410 g)can chickpeas, rinsed drained ( optional )
100 g prunes ( pitted)
40g flaked almonds,toasted
20g coriander leaves ,rouhgly chopped
lemon wedges or pickled lemon
Preheat the oven to 180° C.
Heat the oil in an ovenproof casserole.
Add the onion and fry for 3-4 minutes over moderate heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
Add the lamb , ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper ( optional )and cinnamon and toss together.
Season with salt and pepper.
Cover and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or untill done to your liking ( this will depend on how big the cubes of lamb are )
Remove from the oven , sprinkle the couscous over the lamb.
Add the stock and stir to combine. Cover the casserole and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
Then stir the chickpeas ( optional ) prunes , almonds and coriander in , Cover and bake for a further 5 minutes .
Allow to stand, covered , for 5 minutes before serving .
Top with corainder leaves and serve with lemon wedges of pickled lemon
Add 1 ml cayenne pepper if you like hotter food.