Monday, February 21, 2011

Spiced Minced Meat Couscous

It is exactly one month after my vacation and life has fallen back into a routine. We were planning for quite sometime to go somewhere nearby and this weekend, we got the chance. Where we went, what we did comes in another post. After returning home, I was extremely tired, my legs were paining and I hated going into the kitchen. But, this stupid stomach badly needed something and refused to let me just sleep off.

Now, my husband offered to prepare something quick and I was more than glad. What he did was magic !! How can I just let go of this wonderful dish, without writing about it? He usually does not stick to any recipe, neither is he a man of measurements. He did something of his own, but I keenly noted what he did. Instead of me explaining you how it tasted, it would be great if you try this and let me know your comments :-)

Here, you go...

Preparation Time: 30 Mins
Serves: 4


Minced Meat (Lamb) – 300 g
Couscous – 250 g
Onion – 1 large, sliced thinly
Garlic – 3 – 4 pods, crushed
Olive oil – 3 Tbsp
Butter – 20 g
Coriander Powder – 3 tsp
Turmeric – a pinch
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Cilantro and Mint leaves – a handful, chopped
Roasted Pistachios – chopped coarsely
Lemon Juice – from ½ lemon
Salt – to taste
Pepper – to taste


Prepare Couscous: Take the couscous in a large sized bowl. Add required salt and the butter to it. Add about 300 ml of boiling water to this. Cover and stand about 5 mins or until the liquid is absorbed. When done, fluff with a fork.

Prepare the meat: Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the cumin seeds and the thinly sized onion and sauté for a few minutes, until onion is transparent. Add the crushed garlic and sauté until slightly browned. Now, add the meat, turmeric, coriander powder and salt. Stir cook the meat until it is cooked and slightly roasted.

Now, add the lemon juice and the chopped cilantro and mint leaves. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper and stir for a minute.

Finally, toss in the couscous and mix it with the meat. Leave it covered for a minute or two. Garnish with crushed pistachios and cilantro leaves. Serve Hot.

Tipp: This goes excellent with Tzaziki or just yoghurt.


  1. Really mouthwatering recipe and new to me...Bookmarked:)


  2. Thank you Kurinji and Sangeetha.. Hope you get Couscous where u live :-)

  3. that is one good looking bowl of cous cous

  4. Hmmm, he has come up with really a great recipe idea, looks very catchy. Will surely try this and let you know :)

  5. Ich habe ueber diese Couscous gehoert und gelesen aber weiss ich genau was es ist.

    Warum habe ich Deutsch gelernt? Ich wollte immer eine auslaendische Sprache lernen? Warum habe ich Deutsch gewaehlt? Wir haben in der Schule ein bissen Franzoesche gelernt, deshalb mochte ich etwas Anderas lernen.Meine Grammatik dative accusative alles is obviously going for a toss trotzdem moechte ich ueben.
    Vielen Dank.One more think there is coriander and mint in your recipe I tell you I believe you just cannot go wrong with these two, they always impart a wonderful flavour to a dish.
    No you are still not showing up as a follower,ich muss pruefun was los ist.

  6. Ich habe doch einen Fehler gemacht, ich meine Fremdesprache und nicht auslaendische sprache. Ich habe schoen geprueft und alles ist okay weiss ich nicht why you are not showing up as a follower. Anyway I did say you cannot go wrong with coriander and mint leaves,check out my latest post you may like it.

  7. Don't you just love it when the man cooks for you ;)
    Love couscous n your hubby did a wonderful job here..

    US Masala

  8. Thank you guys for your lovely comments...
    @aipi: Of course, it feels great when the man cooks for you... one should just enjoy the moment... :-)

  9. Lovely combination, a must try one' am positive that I will devour it in minutes:) Thanks for the hearty recipe:)

  10. Hey Shafa, please check out my blog, I bloghopped this recipe.