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Middle Eastern Roast Chicken with Pearl Couscous Salad

This looks like a delicious combination of spices and flavours! Can’t wait to try the recipe and be transported to the Middle East!

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It’s almost the end of Ramadan as Muslims around the world will celebrate the end to their month-long fast and abstinence from food, water and negativity with Eid al-Fitr/ Hari Raya Puasa on the 17th July. I’ve always been in awe of my muslim friends’ strength and endurance for being able to endure abstinence with such grace.

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This hearty meal of easy roast chicken and couscous salad would be wonderful for iftar as it is simple to prepare, very delicious and can be doubled or tripled in volume to feed a large family breaking fast at sunset.

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It is also a good dinner party dish as the overnight marination does wonders for its flavour and within an hour, you have a feast with minimal preparations.

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I get my sumac, pomegranate molasses, harissa and other middle eastern supplies from Zac’s Butchery and Deli , Jones the Grocer outlets or Mustaffa in Singapore…

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Born in South Africa, of Indian heritage. My family moved to Australia in the early 80's. I have a busy professional career as the CEO of a medium sized philanthropic Foundation based in Sydney. I love cooking, learning to cook, eating and travel. My blog Freespiritfood.net is written in the spirit of sharing my foodie adventures.


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