Vegan Buttermilk Couscous (Moroccan Saykouk)

Saykook is a very simple and satisfying Moroccan dish. Traditionally it is made with fermented milk (leben) which is basically a plain liquid yogurt. Here I propose a plant-based version of this dish I’ve always loved. I like it even more now 🙂

Note: I do care to post only WFPB recipes. The yogurt here is not a whole food. So I’m posting this exceptional deviation from a conservative WFPB line-up of recipes. I will be looking forward to making a whole-food yogurt and update this recipe 🙂

Vegan Saykouk (Moroccan Yogurt Couscous)
 
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Saykouk is a popular summer dish served in Moroccan cuisine. Here is at last and at least, a vegan version while I work to upgrade this to a low-fat whole-food plant-based version.
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Recipe type: low-fat, whole-food, plant-based, sos-free
Cuisine: Moroccan
Serves: 2 large meals
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of steamed wholemeal couscous (For now, check online how to properly steam couscous, I may post a recipe at some point)
  • 500 mL unsweetened plain soy yogurt (I’m yet to try tempeh yogurt for a more whole-food version)
  • 200 mL water
  • Sourness to taste: 2 Tbsp to 8 tsp lemon juice juice or blended whole lemon equivalent (I like sour so for me it’s 8).
Instructions
  1. Blend the soy yogurt with water and lemon, this is to make the yogurt smooth because it tends to clot.
  2. In a container, pour the steamed couscous. If it is still very hot let it cool first.
  3. Add the soy yogurt/water blend, the lime juice, and mix thoroughly until uniform.
  4. Cover and save in the fridge.
  5. Serve cold. Ideal lunch soon a hot day.
Notes
Because the couscous will absorb a lot of the soy yogurt, feel free to pour more soy yogurt just before serving if you like your dishes to be more saucy.
If you don't want to lemon taste in it, trying leaving the covered dish at room temperature for a while, the lactic fermentation should make the dish more sour, as it is supposed to be.

 

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[Recipe] Khadija’s Moroccan Lentils – Oil-free – Unprocessed – Vegan

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Khadija's Moroccan Lentils – Oil-free – Unprocessed – Vegan
 
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Recipe type: low-fat, whole-food, plant-based, vegan, no oil, no salt, no sugar
Cuisine: Moroccan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 440g dry lentils, preferably Puy lentils / French lentils soaked overnight.
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 20 g coriander (a few sprigs), chopped
  • 20 g parsley (a few sprigs), chopped
  • zest of half a lemon, sliced off with a knife (only the yellow part, not the white inside) and cut in small bits. Do not grate!
Spices
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground chilli
Instructions
  1. Water-fry the onions until caramelised/browned. If you want to save time, skip caramelisation, just put the onions in the pot.
  2. Immediately add tomatoes, enough water for the spices to be in generous amounts of water (about 1 cup or ~ 230mL should do)
  3. Add all the spices and lemon, stir well, cover, set on medium heat and let boil for 5~10 min.
  4. Add the lentils, stir well, and fill the pot with enough water to cover a few centimetres over the top of the lentil surface.
  5. Cover only until it starts to boil, then let cook on medium heat for until the lentils are soft.
  6. Check now and then if more water is needed. You want to end with creamy lentils like in the picture, not watery nor dry either.
  7. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  8. Add the chopped greens (coriander + parsley) and stir.
Notes
Feel free to play around with adding the following (to taste):
Some salt-free concentrated tomato paste that uses only tomatoes, or more tomatoes well reduced.
Carrots
Celery
Baked shiitake mushrooms (chopped) for a bit of a chew, or other mild-tasting mushrooms. If using shiitake mushrooms, make sure to bake them first, otherwise their taste would be overpowering and throw the flavours off-balance.