Spiced Turnip And Chickpea Couscous

Serves: 4
Takes: 35 mins

This Moroccan inspired dish helps elevate the sweet and silky turnip to new heights. This is a perfect dish for dinner parties and can be served on a large serving platter.

When To Eat

We recommend eating this dish from November to March and late June to July. In early summer fresh, tender, baby turnips are available which help make this dish sweeter. In the winter more mature turnips are abundant and delicious.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Chickpea 100 g (soaked and pre-cooked) 0.077
Turnip 600 g 0.108
Onion 1 Large 0.034
Sunflower Oil 2 Tablespoons 0.094
Ground Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon 0.008
Ground Ginger 1 Teaspoon 0.008
Ground Cumin 1 Teaspoon 0.008
Ground Coriander 2 Teaspoon 0.016
Dried Raisins 30 g 0.111
Pumpkin Seeds 20 g 0.029
Couscous 100 g 0.163
Fresh Coriander 15 g 0.012

This meal is around 94% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.77 KG CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 22.96 KM in a modern car.


  1. Coarsely grate the onion and peel and dice the turnips into 1 cm sized pieces. Heat the oil in a wide saucepan and add the cooked chickpeas, onion, turnips, spices, and seasoning. Fry for around a minute then pour in enough water to cover the mixture. Place a lid on the pan and simmer for 15 minutes
  2. Roughly chop the coriander. Uncover the pan and stir in the raisins, half the chopped coriander, salt and plenty of pepper. Simmer, with the lid off, for a further 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce.
  3. Whilst the turnips are cooking for the final time, prepare the couscous. In a bowl add the couscous and 1 and 1/2 cups of boiling water, let the mixture sit for 5 - 10 minutes. After resting fluff with a fork.
  4. Serve the spiced turnips on a bed of couscous, sprinkle the remaining chopped coriander and pumpkin seeds over the top.

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