In My Kitchen: Couscous with Caramelized Onion and Tomato

Couscous is such a versatile grain. I love adding vegetables and sauces to jazz it up.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

If you can’t find ras el hanout in your grocery store, these are the spices you can mix together to make your own.

You’ll need:

  •  1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ras el hanout
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 2/3 cups boiling water
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 2 onions, sliced paper-thin
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup mint leaves, roughly torn
  • 1 lemon (finely zest to get 1 teaspoon, then juice to get 1 tablespoon)

Instructions:

  1. Place the couscous in a medium bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon ras el hanout, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and plenty of pepper, then pour in the boiling water. Stir, cover the bowl tightly with foil and set aside for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, fluff the couscous with a fork, and set aside to cool.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of oil into a large frying pan and place over high heat. Once hot, add the tomatoes and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring a few times, until they start to brown and split open. Remove from the pan, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and set aside with any juices.

3. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and return to medium-high heat. Add the onions, the remaining 1 teaspoon of ras el hanout, and 1/8 teaspoon salt and fry for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring until dark golden brown and soft. Remove from the heat, stir in the raisins, and set aside to cool.

4. Once the couscous has cooled slightly, transfer it to a large bowl. Add the onion and raisin mix and stir. Add the cumin, cilantro, mint, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a generous grind of pepper and mix gently.

5. Transfer to a serving platter, top with the tomatoes, and serve.

Source: Adapted from a recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi

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