Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

 

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Serves 5
Calories per serving: 462
Cost per serving: £ 1.19

 

 Ingredients:

Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

500g minced lamb

200g onions

1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes

100g prunes

2 heaped teaspoons tomato paste

5 teaspoons ras-el-hanout dried spice

2 teaspoons dried parsley

250g couscous

2 1/2 wholemeal pitta breads

salt to taste

Method:

Place the lamb mince with with 2 teaspoons of the ras-el-hanout spice and the 2 teaspoons of parsley with a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and blend the contents together thoroughly until the spices are evenly mixed through the mixture.

Divide the mixture into 20 small balls and leave in the bowl until needed.

Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

Chop the onions and cut the prunes into small pieces and place in a pan with the tomato paste, 2 teaspoons of the ras-el-hanout spice and the chopped tomatoes into a pan and bring to the boil.

Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

When the mixture has begun to boil reduce to simmer and add the meatballs

Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

Avoid pressing down the meatballs at this stage as they will be too soft and will just break up. Gently agitate the pan and they will sink slightly into the sauce, place lid over the pan and after about 5 minutes the meatballs will be firm enough to gently tease below the surface to cook.

Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

Simmer for 30 minutes until meatballs are firm. While this is cooking add couscous to 1litre of  boiling water and the remaining teaspoon of ras-el-hanout and simmer until the couscous has absorbed all the water.

Moroccan style meatballs with pitta and spicy couscous

 

 

Food Hacks

Use beef mince to bring down price to under £1 (90p !! ).

You can use microwave rice as an option but this can increase the price a little (approx 40p per serving) but will save you time cooking the rice. There are many complimentary flavours too.  I have cooked microwave rice on the stove by adding about 30 -40 mls of water and gently warming on a low heat. Ideal if you do not have a microwave.

 

 

About the Author

The Wooden Chef

Hi, My name is Lee and I am crazy about food. I love to cook and create great food for less. I hope you enjoy my blog, if so thank you. If you really enjoy it please also let people know and if there is anything you would like me to make please also let me know

2 Comments

Dee

There’s no way that this recipe isn’t getting used in my home this week!

I adore cous cous and struggling with different variations. Looks beautiful!!

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The Wooden Chef

Thank you so much Dee for your lovely comment, I look forward to hearing how you got on with my recipe. Lee

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