A romantic meal should be more about the romance and less about the meal. It should be low fuss, light enough that it won’t sit in your stomach as a reminder of what you just ate, filling enough to fuel a long evening, and ideally something you could eat with just one hand. It should be exciting on the palate and a textural delight.
Here’s the perfect meal to impress your date. It’s perfect for two and will take you almost no time to put together so you can spend more time getting cozy with your sweetie than slaving away in the kitchen.
With a bright hit of lemon and the nutty flavor of the couscous, these Moroccan Prawns are tangy, succulent and as spicy or mild as you want them to be. To make cooking time even faster, prep all your spices in the morning or the night before so you’re literally, just throwing things in the pan when it’s dinner time.
Moroccan Prawns with Couscous
For the Moroccan Prawns:
250 – 300 gm peeled, deveined prawns
2 tbs Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp Cumin, ground
1 1/2 tsp Coriander, ground
1 tsp Paprika, or 1-2 dried Kashmiri Chilis, ground
1/2 tsp Ginger powder
1/2 tsp Chili powder (more or less to taste)
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice to taste
For the Couscous:
120 gm Couscous
150 ml Water
Salt the prawns and let them sit for about 10 minutes. While you wait, set the water to boiling in a sauce pan. Once the water boils, take it off the heat, pour in your couscous, place a lid over the top and let it sit till you are ready to serve.
Continuing with the prawns, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the garlic. Turn the heat down to medium and saute the garlic till fragrant. Do not let them burn. Immediately add all your ground spices and stir till they are cooked, about 2 minutes. Turn up the heat and add the prawns, stirring to coat them with the spice mix. Cook these for about 4 minutes or until the prawns turn pink and are no longer translucent. Take them off the heat, sprinkle lemon juice and toss through the prawns.
Run a fork through the couscous to fluff it up, spoon out soft heaps onto your plates and tumble your delicious Moroccan prawns on top.
You could garnish the plate with slivers of spring onions or coriander and a wedge of lemon on the side.