This recipe is made with mutton and chicken, but you can easily change the meats for lamb and/or merguez. I make this often and my family loves it!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 7 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 42 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Couscous:

Directions

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  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season mutton chops and chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper; cook in batches with onions in the hot oil until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a large plate.

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  • Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to release browned bits. Return mutton chops and chicken to the pot. Pour in enough water to cover; add turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Stir potatoes, turnips, and carrots into the pot. Simmer, covered, until vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Mix in tomato paste and ras el hanout; cook for 10 minutes. Stir in chickpeas, zucchini, and cilantro; continue cooking, covered, until zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and stir in couscous and butter. Cover saucepan and let stand until water is absorbed completely, 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer to a serving dish.

  • Ladle 2 scoops of cooking liquid into a bowl; mix in harissa until smooth.

  • Scoop vegetables onto a serving plate. Scoop mutton and chicken onto a separate plate. Serve alongside couscous, harissa sauce, and remaining cooking liquid in the pot.

Cook's Notes:

For homemade ras el hanout, mix: 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional).

Harissa can usually be found in Mediterranean stores or butchers.

Nutrition Facts

492 calories; protein 30.5g; carbohydrates 57.3g; fat 15.8g; cholesterol 72.1mg; sodium 358.4mg. Full Nutrition
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3 Ratings
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2019
Yes I love it and I'll make it again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2020
This came out really well. I didn't have any harissa, but it was still good. Next time I'll make sure to have some harissa on hand before I serve - I imagine it can only make it better! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2020
real traditional algerian food, so delicious!! Read More
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