Monday, August 16, 2010

Couscous patties

So i have JUST tried this recipe and am very satisfied (no surprise as i LOVE couscous) I only had one Pattie with a bowl of spinach salad for lunch and i am very satisfied. This one has standing time and about 30 mins of prep time, so its not something you can whip together in 10. I also didn't add the eggplant, as we don't like it.        


Ingredients - 
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 eggplant, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed (i used minced garlic)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 red capsicum, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • oil, for shallow-frying
Method - 
  1. Add 1 cup of water, and bring to the boil. Add couscous and remove from heat. Cover, and leave for about 3 minutes. Stir, and add a little more water if needed. Fluff with fork, and keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large fry pan, and fry the eggplant until soft and golden. Place in bowl.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the pan. Add onion, garlic, cumin and ground coriander. Cook over a medium heat for about 4 minutes or until soft. Add to the bowl.
  4. Heat remaining oil and cook the capsicum for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add to the bowl and stir.
  5. Add the vegetables to the couscous with the fresh coriander, lemon ring, lemon juice, yoghurt and egg. Season to taste and mix well.
  6. Using damp clean hands, divide the mixture into four portions (I got about 5 patties) and form into large patties - they should be about 2cm thick.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for 15mins.
  8. Shallow fry the patties over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  9. Drain patties well and serve with extra yoghurt.

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