Monday, August 17, 2009

White Fish Couscous with Onion T’faya

  • 1/2 Cup Raisins
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 8 Saffron Threads
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper and to Taste
  • 3 Large Onions, Very Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2-1/3 Cups Chicken broth, Divided
  • 2-1/2 Pounds Firm White Fish, Skinned and Cut into 2-inch Wide Pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1 Cup Couscous
  • Place raisins in a small bowl covered with warm water and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Crush saffron and salt together in a mortar and pestle until a coarse powder forms.
  • Combine with ginger, turmeric, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the spice mixture and cook, stirring, until the mixture starts to foam.
  • Add onions, sugar and the plumped raisins and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions turn light brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup broth and nestle fish into the onion mixture.
  • Cover and cook until the fish is flaky, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, season with pepper, cover and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add almonds and cook, stirring, until beginning to turn golden, about 1 minute, then drain on paper towels.
  • Bring the remaining 1-1/3 cups broth and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Add couscous in a stream, stir once and bring to light boil.
  • Remove from the heat, cover, let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  • Mound the couscous, top with the fish and onion t’faya and sprinkle the almonds on top.
This thick, ooey-gooey Moroccan dish is full of sweet and heavily spiced flavor. Incredibly aromatic, healthy and delicious. Don't you dare ask for anything more...

bil-hanā' wa ash-shifā'
This recipe was created by Kitty Morse.


Anonymous said...

this looks amazing! I love to try some of the recipes you two make! Thank you! Kris Sandoz

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