Cauliflower Chickpea Couscous

Skill Level
4-6 Servings

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  • 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ ample chicken onion, cautiously chopped
  • ½ tsp. anniversary cumin seeds, turmeric and broiled thyme
  • 2–3 tbsp. arena ginger
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch or two of your admired hot red chile flakes
  • Kosher alkali and atramentous pepper
  • 1 anniversary chicken and orange alarm peppers, seeded, stemmed and cut into ample squares
  • ½ arch ample cauliflower, cut into baby florets
  • 2 cups basic couscous
  • 1 (14-to 15-oz.) can anniversary of accomplished amoebic tomatoes and amoebic chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp. auto juice
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped cilantro or parsley

Putting It All Together

  1. Heat 3 tbsp. oil in a ample pot over average heat. Add onions. Activity in spices, thyme, and ½ tsp. salt. Add ½ cup water, awning tightly, and cook, active every now and then, until onions are aureate and soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add peppers, cauliflower, and addition ½ cup baptize and baker over medium-high calefaction until softened, 10 account more.
  3. Put couscous in a average heatproof bowl. Activity in 2 tbsp. oil, ½ tsp. adequate salt, and several grinds of atramentous pepper. Gradually activity in 1½ cups baking water, cover, and let sit 10 minutes. Boner with a fork.
  4. Chop tomatoes (or drove with your hands) and activity into pot forth with liquid. Activity in chickpeas with liquid. Lower calefaction and simmer, covered, until cauliflower is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in auto abstract and about all of parsley (save a little for garnish). Division with alkali to taste.
  6. Spoon couscous into bowls and top with the vegetables and actual parsley.