Middle Eastern Flavour Pork, Chickpea and Couscous Casserole

Andrea made this Middle Eastern Pork, Chickpea and Couscous Casserole as her second dish in the South Arm Community Kitchen.

This is a one-pot party dish which features easy-to-use couscous and nutrient-packed chickpeas. This dish is highlighted by the rich flavours of cumin, coriander and zesty orange.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lb lean boneless pork loin or pork tenderloin, cut in thin strips
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 large sweet green or red pepper, diced
  • 1 large onion, cut in wedges
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (19oz/540ml) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 piece of leek, cut in thin strips
  • 1 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander or parsley


Click on the link below for the instructions.


IMG_9296_edited-1In a wok or frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium high heat. Stir-fry the pork in batches until no longer pink. Transfer to plate.
IMG_9307_edited-1In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the remaining oil over medium heat to cook the onion until fragrant.
IMG_9308_edited-1Add in the leeks, carrots, peppers, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, slat and cayenne and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
IMG_9309_edited-1Add in the cooked pork and the accummulated juices.
IMG_9314_edited-1Add raisins, chickpeas, orange rind and juice and stock and bring to boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the carrots are almost tender..

IMG_9321_edited-1Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and coriander.

Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

The Middle Eastern Pork, Chickpea and Couscous Casserole is indeed a great dish for potluck. It has a distinctive middle eastern flavour from the cumin. The good thing is all is done in one pot. Andrea, thank you for sharing with us.

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  1. Causalien

    I just found a chinese store near where I live and can’t wait to try some of the recipes on your site.

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