Moroccan chickpeas

Moroccan Chickpeas & Carrots With Spinach Couscous

Prep + cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 10 baby carrots (200g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1 1/4 cups (250g) couscous
  • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) boiling water
  • 30g butter, chopped coarsely
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 50g baby spinach leaves, shredded
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves


  1. Trim and peel carrots, leaving 3cm (1 1/4in) of the stems; halve carrots lengthways.
  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook spices for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add carrots, sugar and the water; season. Bring to the boil; simmer, partially covered, for 12 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, combine couscous with the boiling water in a large heatproof bowl. Cover; stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in butter; season to taste.
  4. Add chickpeas to the pan; cook, covered, for 3 minutes or until heated through. Stir in juice.
  5. Stir spinach through couscous; spoon onto a platter. Top with chickpeas, carrot mixture and mint; serve.
  6. Serve with plant-based yoghurt and harissa paste. 

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