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Persian Lamb Couscous

Persian Lamb Couscous

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Prep Time

30 min


Middle Eastern

We’ve created a simple dish here that encompasses all that’s good within Persian cuisine. Our lamb is crisped and flavoured with baharat, a lovely warm Arabic spice mix. Served over cucumber and carrot couscous with plump sultanas. All topped with crunchy toasted pistachios and a dollop of cool minty yoghurt.

Prep Time

30 min


Middle Eastern

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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 red onion
120g golden couscous †
30g sultanas
1/2 cucumber
tomato paste 3.18
1 tbsp rich tomato paste †
120g organic natural yoghurt †
1 bag of pistachio nuts †
1 tbsp baharat
5g fresh mint
British Lamb mince2
250g British lamb mince
100g carrots
chicken stock cube (new 5/18)
1 chicken stock cube †
You Will Need
Olive oil, pepper, salt

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 red onion
  • 120g couscous<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 bag of sultanas (30g)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 120g natural yoghurt<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 bag of pistachio nuts (25g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 tbsp baharat
  • 5g mint
  • 250g British lamb mince
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 Knorr chicken stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 664 kJ
158 kcal
3096 kJ
739 kcal
of which saturates
6.9 g
2.4 g
32 g
11.2 g
of which sugars
15.2 g
5.6 g
70.8 g
26 g
Fibre 1.4 g 6.3 g
Protein 8.7 g 40.4 g
Salt 0.58 g 2.69 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 red onion
red onion
120g couscous
durum wheat (gluten) semolina (100%)
1 bag of sultanas (30g)
sultanas, sunflower oil
1/2 cucumber
1 tbsp tomato paste
tomatoes (sulphites)
120g natural yoghurt
1 bag of pistachio nuts (25g)
pistachio nut (100%). May contain peanut, sesame & other nuts
1 tbsp baharat
pepper, cumin, coriander, clove, cardamom, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg
5g mint
mint (100%)
250g British lamb mince
lamb (100%)
1 carrot
1 Knorr chicken stock cube
Salt, potato starch, vegetable fats (palm, shea butter, sal butter), yeast extract, sugar, chicken fat (2%), chicken (1%), spices (turmeric, pepper CELERY seeds), flavourings, onion powder, maltodextrin, lemon juice powder, parsley, caramel syrup, antioxidant (extracts of rosemary).
  • Allergens highlighted by † (gluten, sulphites, milk, nut, celery)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Quick Persian Lamb Couscous

Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) over a medium-high heat

Once hot, add the pistachios and toast for 2 min or until they've darkened slightly 

Once done, transfer the toasted pistachios to a board to cool and keep the pan

2 Quick Persian Lamb Couscous

Meanwhile, boil a kettle

Peel and finely slice the red onion[s]

Return the pan to a medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil 

Once hot, add the sliced red onion with a pinch of salt and cook for 5 min or until beginning to soften


3 Quick Persian Lamb Couscous

Meanwhile, add the couscous and sultanas to a heatproof bowl with 200ml [400ml] boiled water, cover and set aside

4 Quick Persian Lamb Couscous

Meanwhile, strip the mint leaves from their stems and chop them finely

Mix the chopped mint through the natural yoghurt – this is your minted yoghurt

5 Quick Persian Lamb Couscous

Once the onion has softened, increase the heat to medium-high and add the lamb mince

Cook for 4 min until browned, breaking the mince up with a wooden spoon as you go 

Once browned, crumble the chicken stock cube[s] into the pan with the tomato paste and baharat and cook for 2 min

Add 100ml [150ml] boiled water and cook for a further 5 min or until the lamb has crisped 

6 Quick Persian Lamb Couscous

Meanwhile, cut the cucumber in half and scrape out the inner seeds with a teaspoon, discarding the watery seeds

Dice the remaining cucumber 

Top, tail, peel and grate the carrot[s]

7 Quick Persian Lamb Couscous

Fluff the couscous with a fork, add the grated carrot and chopped cucumber and season generously with salt and pepper

Add a drizzle of olive oil and give everything a good mix – this is your carrot and cucumber couscous

Chop the toasted pistachios roughly


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Serve the crispy lamb over the carrot and cucumber couscous

Dollop with the minted yoghurt and garnish with the chopped pistachios


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