Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall shares how to whip up a delicious dish!


  • 1.5kg mixed squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm chunks

  • 450g shallots, peeled and halved if large

  • 6-7 garlic cloves, lightly bashed

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

  • For the Merguez Chickpeas

  • 300g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in water

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds

  • 1½ tsp fennel seeds

  • 1 ½ tsp coriander seeds

  • 1 ½ tsp caraway seeds

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

  • 1 large garlic clove

  • 1½ tsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped

  • 1½ tsp sweet smoked paprika

  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

  • ½ tsp fine salt

  • 75ml olive oil

  • For the Couscous

  • 250g couscous

  • 1 large orange, segmented and juice reserved

  • 60g medjool dates

  • Olive oil

  • For the Spiced Yoghurt

  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds

  • 1½ tsp coriander seeds

  • 1½ tsp caraway seeds

  • ½ tsp sweet paprika

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 250ml yogurt


  • 1.

    Drain the chickpeas and put in a large saucepan. Cover with plenty of cold water, bring to a boil and boil hard for 10 minutes. Reduce to a simmer, skim off any scum and add the bay leaves and simmer for about an hour, topping up with water as necessary.

  • 2.

    Divide the squash between shallow roasting tins so that you have a single layer. Divide the shallots and garlic between the tins, trickle over olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables to coat in oil and seasoning, roast in the oven for about 1 hour stirring from time to time to ensure the vegetables are evenly cooked and caramelised.

  • 3.

    Toast the merguez spices in a dry frying pan until fragrant, crush to a coarse powder in a pestle and mortar. Combine the spices with the garlic, rosemary, paprika and cayenne, salt and extra virgin oil in a pan heat gently for a minute and set aside.

  • 4.

    When the chickpeas are cooked, drain them well and return to the hot pan and add the spiced oil.

  • 5.

    Cook the couscous by soaking in hot water covering the couscous by an inch. Sprinkle over the orange and dates and add a spoonful of orange juice and a drizzle of olive oil.

  • 6.

    For the spiced yoghurt, gently toast the spices until fragrant then grind and mix with the yoghurt.

  • 7.

    Plate a portion of squash and shallots, sprinkle over the chickpeas and serve with the orange and date couscous and a spoonful of spiced yogurt.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (16 servings)

  • Energy 313kj
  • Fat Total 12g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrate 44g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Sodium 167mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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