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Recipe courtesy of Charlie McManus

Moroccan Beef Kebabs with Curried Couscous, Raita and Charmoula Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Active: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 1/2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon curry powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 1/2 cups fine couscous

3 tablespoons olive oil


1 cup Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon minced fresh mint

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 small English cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced

Charmoula Vinaigrette:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Moroccan Beef Kebabs:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1/2 cup finely minced red onion

2 ounces nonfat powdered milk

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Olive oil, for brushing

Pita bread, warmed, for serving


  1. For the couscous: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.Place the water in an ovenproof casserole. Whisk the curry, salt pepper into the water. Whisk the couscous into the water. Let the couscous stand for 10 minutes to absorb the water.
  2. Pour half of the olive oil into the couscous. Work the olive oil into the couscous by hand, rubbing the kernels to fluff the couscous break up any clumps, making sure that the couscous is evenly coated with the oil. Place the casserole into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the casserole from the oven and pour the rest of the oil into the couscous. By hand or with a spoon, work the oil through the couscous, breaking up any clumps.
  4. For the raita: Place the yogurt, mint, cumin, salt and cucumbers in a bowl and stir to combine. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Refrigerate until time to use.
  5. For the vinaigrette: Place the oil, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, garlic, cumin, paprika and cayenne in a bowl and stir to combine. Season the charmoula with salt and pepper.
  6. For the kebabs: Combine the beef, onions, powdered milk, cilantro, mint, ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine. Divide the mixture into 8 balls. Form each ball into a kebab cylinder about 3 inches long. Refrigerate the kebabs until ready to grill.
  7. In the meantime soak, wooden skewers in water. Heat the grill to high heat. Insert the skewers into the kebabs. Brush the kebabs with olive oil and grill until they are cooked, 34 minutes per side.
  8. To complete the dish, place a mound of couscous on a serving plate for each person. Place 2 kebabs on each plate. Garnish the plate with the raita and drizzle the charmoula on the kebabs. Serve with warm pita bread.