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Spiced Swiss Chard with Butter Beans and Couscous Recipe




For the chard

  • a large bunch of Swiss chard
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4tsp cumin seeds
  • 2tsp ground coriander
  • large pinch of saffron strands
  • 4tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp sweet paprika
  • 2tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 100ml vegetable stock
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 x 400g tin butter or cannellini beans, drained
  • a small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped
  • a small bunch of mint, roughly chopped

For the couscous

  • 350g instant couscous
  • 80g golden raisins
  • 50g butter, diced
  • 350ml boiling water
  • 30g pine nuts, toasted
  • 8tbsp natural Greek yogurt, to serve


Prepare the chard by cutting the stalks from the leaves, then wash it in several changes of water. Cut the stalks in half lengthways, then slice each into 4cm diagonals. Shred the leaves roughly and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan (with fitted lid). Add the onions and garlic and sauté until golden. Add the spices and chilli and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until fragrant. Add the chard stalks, lemon juice, stock and seasoning. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chard leaves and beans to the pan and stir. Cover and cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, adjust seasoning and stir through the coriander and mint.

For the couscous, pre-soak the raisins in hot water for 10 minutes until plump, then drain. Place the couscous, raisins and butter in a bowl, add a pinch of salt and pour over boiling water. Cover with cling film and leave for 3–4 minutes to steam. Remove the film and ‘fluff’ with a fork to loosen the couscous grains, then stir through the pine nuts.

Serve warm with slow-roasted tomatoes, yoghurt and a wedge of griddled bread. Also great with red lentil dhal

Recipe taken from The Modern Vegetarian by Maria Elia, published by Kyle Books. Photography by Jonathan Gregson.


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