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Talha's Favourite Couscous (Ta'am Bil Jilbana & Foul)

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“This is a family recipe for steamed couscous with peas & broad (fava) beans. We eat it by itself or with a little buttermilk poured over it. It is easy to make - don't be put off by steaming, you will get a lighter fluffier couscous. But you can also just follow the directions on the pack if you don't want it the traditional way.....”

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  1. Pour the couscous into a large bowl, add the salt & oil. Sprinkle 1/2 cup water over & mix with hands. When water is absorbed, transfer to the couscousier or steamer.
  2. Steam for 15 minutes. Tip couscous into a large bowl & 'open' by sprinkling a little cold water over the couscous & rubbing between your hands - use no more than 1/4 cup.
  3. Return to the couscousier & steam again for 15 minutes. Repeat the previous step.
  4. Whilst the couscous is steaming for the final time, boil the peas & broad beans in a pan of salted water until tender. Finely chop the garlic & add to the pan. Cook for a further minute then drain carefully.
  5. Do this a third time then pour the couscous into a very large bowl. Open again using a little water, then rib in the margarine & the ghee. Add the peas, broad beans & garlic to the couscous & mix well. Taste & add more salt if desired.

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