3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 aubergine, cut into large cubes
2 courgettes, cut into chunks
1 red pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 tin of canned tomatoes
150ml/1/4 pint vegetable stock
1 tin of canned chick peas, drained
50g/2oz 'no need to soak' dried apricots, sliced
2 teaspoons harissa paste
(mildly hot dried chilies
mild dried chilies
extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground caraway seeds
freshly ground coriander seeds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
1 Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic until soft and golden. Add the aubergine, courgettes and red pepper and fry gently, stirring occasionally, for five minutes.
2 Stir in all the spices and cook gently for one minute. Add the passata and the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the chick peas and apricots. Simmer for 20~25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the liquid has reduced.
3 About ten minutes before serving, put the couscous in a bowl with enough boiling water to just cover it, and let it stand and saturate.
4 Fork through the couscous to separate the grains and fluff it up. Spoon it onto the warmed serving plates. Mix the harissa paste with a little of the sauce, and either hand round separately or stir back into the vegetable stew. Check the seasoning and serve with the couscous, sprinkled with coriander.