Juicy pearl couscous with grilled chickpeas, jerusalem artichoke and peppers

Recipe by Damaris Beems
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Course: MainsCuisine: Arabic




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Pearl couscous is really something else than the usual couscous. They are real pearls, beautiful pearls that give a wonderful mouth sensation. They absorb the sauce really well, your dish becomes and remains deliciously juicy. My mother-in-law ate this with us and made sure that the leftover ended up in a container and went home with her. This was her opportunity on extending this taste sensation at home.


  • 3 red bell peppers

  • 1 pot chick peas

  • 3 jerusalem artichokes

  • 500 gram cherry tomatoes

  • 2 red onions

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 5 spring onions

  • 250 gram pearl couscous

  • 400 ml vegan chicken broth

  • olive oil

  • 2 table spoons fresh thyme leaves

  • salt and pepper


  • Slice the red onions. Cut the bell pepper into strips. Peel and slice the Jerusalem artichokes. Place all the vegetables, also the tomatoes, in a large oven dish.
    Rinse the chickpeas and put them in the baking dish with the other vegetables.
    Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
    Cover the vegetables with olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and ground black pepper. Let the vegetables grill in the oven for an hour.
  • Heat 50 ml olive oil in a pan with a thick bottom. Fry the spring onions cut into rings and the crushed garlic. When these have turned nice and brown, add the pearl couscous and stir for a few minutes. Then add the vegan chicken stock together with the thyme leaves. Stir well. Cover the pan and let the pearl couscous cook for 20 minutes. Stir every now and then. In the meantime, check whether there is enough stock in the pan. The pearl couscous does not have to be completely soft, that will not happen.
  • Spoon the vegetables in the oven a few times during the hour that it is baking in the oven. Take the vegetables out of the oven after an hour. Stir into the pearl couscous and serve.

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