Friday, August 27, 2010

Moroccan Meal

Here is that Moroccan dish again! (see here for the original post).

It consists of a Moroccan/Syrian bean dish I got from Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. (Fabulous book!) with Moroccan carrot salad and couscous flavoured with preserved lemon and currants.

The recipe I am giving here is the bean dish. It is very yum, so I hope you try it
The carrot salad was delicious ~ eventually. I was disappointed with my recipe, but by the time I had done a lot of fiddling it was good, and I think next time I might make a beautiful salad straight off. I will post it when I perfect it!  But to give you an idea: garlic is fried, then the carrots and spices are added and gently cooked and then a sweet and acid dressing finishes it off.

I just made my usual couscous, but added some currants and finely chopped preserved lemon to make it more exciting.

225g /8oz black-eyed beans just cooked (I use one cupful cooked 8 mins in the pressure cooker), keep one cup or so of the cooking liquid.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil on medium in a pan
Add a dried chili and let it puff up and turn dark
Add 3 finely chopped garlic cloves and stir.
Add the beans, liquid and:
3 bay leaves
1 tsp chopped oregano
1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp salt
Simmer gently for 20 minutes. The liquid will have reduced to a sauce. Serve hot.

I have been very flexible with the herbs, adding whatever I have on hand. One time I added heaps of spinach and that was good too. Today I added spring onion and parsley as well as oregano and thyme.


  1. I love the way you write recipes. The language is so rich and soothing :)

  2. Thankyou Courtney, that is such a lovely compliment!

  3. That looks an interesting dish. I don't know much about Moroccan dishes but I like lots of spices and so I think that I might like it!
    Lucy xxx

  4. That is a lovely plate of food, Joy. The colors are spectacular. I'll be watching for the carrot recipe. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Perfect meal, Joy :) Morrocan kitchen is so rich. Thanks for sharing this with us :D


  6. Oooops... I mean Moroccan :)
    It's because in Portuguese we write it with double "r" = "Marroquina" ;)

  7. What a lovely recipe. I really must give this a try. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Thankyou! I will perfect the carrot recipe and get it into a menu one day!