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Lamb and Prune Baked Couscous

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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
250g couscous
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
To Serve
coriander leaves
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

serves 4

Add 1 ml cayenne pepper if you like hotter food.