Libyan Soup with Couscous
This recipe first appeared in The Food Aid Cookery Book, published in 1986, and was contributed by Mary El-Rayes. It's a truly wonderful soup, meaty with lots of fragrant flavour, and perfect for serving on a really cold day with pitta bread warm from the oven.
|Oven temperatures and Conversions|
|Click here for information|
This recipe is taken from The Delia Collection: Soup.
Begin by pre-heating a small frying pan over a medium heat, then add the coriander and cumin seeds and dry-roast them for about 2-3 minutes, moving them around the pan until they change colour and begin to dance.
This will draw out their full spicy flavour.
Now crush them quite finely with a pestle and mortar.
Next, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large (6 pint/3.5 litre) saucepan and gently cook the onion until soft and lightly browned, for about 5 or 6 minutes, then add the crushed garlic and sea salt and let that cook for another 2 minutes.
After that, add the crushed seeds, the allspice and chilli powder and stir them into the juices in the pan.
Now transfer all of this to a plate and keep it aside while you heat the other tablespoon of oil in the same pan until it's very hot. Then add the pieces of lamb and brown them, quickly turning them over and keeping them on the move.
Turn the heat down and now return the onion and spice mixture to the pan to join the meat, adding the tomato purée, chopped chilli and caster sugar.
Stir everything together, then add the stock and 1½ pints (850 ml) water. Give it all another good stir then drain the soaked chickpeas, discarding their soaking liquid, and add these to the pan.
Give a final stir, then put a lid on and simmer as gently as possible for 1 hour or until the chickpeas are tender.
When you're ready to serve the soup, taste it, add some salt, then add the couscous, parsley and mint and take the pan off the heat.
Put the lid back on and let it stand for 3 minutes before serving in hot soup bowls.
Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze into the soup and some warm pitta bread.
Return to Homepage
Visit the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose
Click here to go to Waitrose.com
Copyright © 2009 Delia Smith/New Crane Internet Limited, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Black beans don't have a strong flavour of their own but they do carry other flavours superbly, while at the same time yielding a unique velvety texture.
Most Popular recipes
- Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne
- Fried Halloumi Cheese with Lime and Caper Vinaigrette
- Roasted Vegetable Couscous Salad with Harissa-style Dressing
Meat Free Monday
Win one of ten pairs of tickets to see Taken At Midnight. Enter now!
Win a £200 supermarket voucher courtesy of Rapeseed Oil Benefits!
30 Jan 2015 17:56
30 Jan 2015 13:10
|Food and travel||
02 Jan 2015 21:21
Hoping to make marmalade tomorrow
23 Jan 2015 19:56
|Can Anyone Help?||
Steak & Kidney Pudding
28 Jan 2015 11:35
The Snow Child
28 Jan 2015 18:47
Intergrated or built in microwave. Which is best?
30 Jan 2015 01:11
30 Jan 2015 11:59