I started my blog to explore not only Algerian flavours but also to experiment with more fish dishes as I cannot easily get quality halal meat. Well that’s changed! Ocado have started stocking amazing halal meat by a Haloodies, (halal for foodies). You can also find them in Harrods foodhall but I’m not one to do my weekly shop there.
Haloodies is a concept by the guys behind the Halal food festival and I can honestly say the meat is of exceptional quality and I’ve enjoyed trying the whole range. However if your reading my blog Haloodies please could you start selling duck? Pretty please! You can visit Haloodies on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/haloodies
So on to the recipe……
Berkoukes are little pasta pellets. In the UK we call them giant couscous and they are delicious in this chicken sauce, casserole style dish.
I have as usual tweaked and played about with the basic recipe and I hope you enjoy it.
2 tbsp oil,
chicken pieces, this occasion I only used legs.
1 onion, finely chopped,
3 garlic cloves, crushed,
1 carrot, chopped,
1 tsp cumin,
1 pinch chilli powder,
1 tbs tomato purée,
1 pint of chicken stock,
2 pints of water,
250g giant couscous,
Crusty loaf to accompany
1hr 15 mins. Serves 4 – 6
Brown the chicken in the oil, when browned add the onion and cook for a further 5 mins till starting to soften.
Add garlic and carrot and stir cooking for 5 mins.
Add all spices and tomato paste and cook for 2 mins.
Add stock and water and simmer for 30 mins.
Add the giant couscous simmer for a further 10 mins then add the chickpeas for a final 10 mins.
Season to taste and add the coriander.
Serve with a crusty loaf