Moroccan Lamb with Chickpeas and Couscous

Moroccan Lamb with Chickpeas and Couscous

Serves 4


  • 500g/1lb Scotch Lamb neck fillet

  • 15ml/1tbsp olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 30ml/2tbsp harissa paste

  • 1 (410g) can chopped tomatoes

  • 300ml/1/2pt lamb or vegetable stock

  • 1 (410g) can chick peas, drained

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 175g/6oz cous cous

  • 15ml/1tbsp olive oil

  • Zest and juice 1 lemon

  • 45ml/3tbsp chopped fresh coriander

Cooking Method

  1. Slice the lamb into 2cm/3/4in cubes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large heatproof casserole dish, when hot add the lamb and cook for 4-5 mins, stirring until lightly browned on all sides.
  3. Add the onion and continue to cook, for 3-4mins, stirring occasionally until the lamb is brown and onion soft.
  4. Stir in the harissa, tomatoes and stock, and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover the pan, reduce the heat and simmer for 1hr 20 mins or until the lamb is tender.
  6. Stir in the chick peas and season to taste. Gently simmer uncovered for 10 mins until the lamb is meltingly tender and the sauce reduced.
  7. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, mix the couscous, oil and lemon and season with a little salt and plenty of ground black pepper. Pour over 450ml/3/4pt boiling water from the kettle, stir well, then cover the bowl with a plate and leave the couscous to soak for 10 mins.
  8. To serve, stir the coriander into the cous cous, fluffing the grains with a fork. Divide the couscous and lamb between four warm plates and serve.

Serving suggestions


Cook’s tip:

If you prefer you can bake the lamb in an ovenproof casserole at 170oC/Fan 150oC/325oF/Gas Mark 3 for 1 1/2hrs. Add the chick peas and return to the oven, uncovered for a further 15 mins.


Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

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Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

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