Want a change from chili at your next party? This veggie-laden North African stew is just the ticket. We’ve provided a recipe for the spice blend ras el hanout, which is traditionally used to season the dish, but you can also just use 2 to 3 Tbs. prepared ras el hanout spice blend, which can be found in well-stocked spice sections at supermarkets.
1 To make Ras El Hanout: Combine all ingredients in small bowl.
2 To make Stew: Pour Ras El Hanout into large Dutch oven, and add onions, tomato purée, oil, garlic, and 6 cups water. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes.
3 Add zucchini, carrots, turnips, and bell pepper; cover, and bring to a boil. Simmer 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chickpeas just before serving.
Slow-Cooker Option: Place Ras El Hanout and Stew ingredients (except chickpeas) in slow cooker, and set on medium or high heat. Cook 8 hours.Stir in chickpeas just before serving.
4 To make Couscous and Garnishes: Place couscous in large heat-proof bowl; place raisins in medium heat-proof bowl. Pour 4 cups boiling water over couscous, cover, and let plump 5 minutes. Pour 2 cups boiling water over raisins, and let plump 5 minutes. Fluff couscous, and drain raisins.
5 Serve Stew with couscous, raisins, and harissa.