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Algerian Couscous

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Ingredients
  Onions 2 Large, chopped
  Onions 2 Large, chopped to make 2 cups
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Chicken 2 1⁄2 Pound
  Broiler fryer chicken 2 1⁄2 Pound (1 Bird)
  Lamb 1 Pound
  Lean lamb 1 Pound (1 1/2 Inch Cubes)
  Carrots 4 , pared (1 Inch Pieces)
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ginger 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground ginger 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon stick 3 Inch
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (For Couscous)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For Couscous)
  Couscous 17 3⁄4 Ounce (1 Package Or 2 3/4 Cups)
  Zucchini slice 4 Small, rinsed, cut 1/2-inch slices
  Zucchini slice 4 Small, cut 1/2-inch slices
  Tomatoes 2
  Tomatoes 2 , chopped
  Chickpeas 4 Ounce
  Canned chickpeas 1 1⁄4 Pound, drained (1 Can)
  Raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Seedless raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter/Margarine 6 Tablespoon
  Butter/Margarine 6 Tablespoon, melted (3/4 Stick)
Directions

MAKING
1) In a large skillet, saute the onions in oil for about 5 minutes, until golden. Then remove and place in a deep narrow kettle or a stock pot.
2) In the same skillet, brown the chicken and lamb and transfer into the stock pot and keep aside.
3) Stir in water, bring to a boil, scrape off the brown bits and pour over the meat.
4) Stir in the carrots, salt, pepper, ginger and cinnamon, then allow the mixture to boil.
5) In 1 cup water, dissolve the salt, then sprinkle about 1/2 cup over a large bowl with couscous to moisten.
6) In a large finemesh sieve, place the couscous and set on edge of stock pot over the stew, cover tightly with foil and simmer for 40 minutes.
7) Remove the sieve, then stir the zucchini, tomatoes, chick peas and raisins intothe stew.
8) Sprinkle the couscous with rest of the salted water, stir with a fork and set the sieve over the stew.
9) Simmer for another 30 minutes or until the meats and vegetables are tender.
10) In a large bowl, remove the couscous and drizzle over melted butter or margarine, toss well to mix.

SERVING
11) Spoon stew in the center of a deep platter, surround with the steamed buttered couscous and serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
African
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Couscous
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
80 Minutes
Ready In: 
100 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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