Eggplant slathered in a fragrant chermoula paste, then roasted until soft and gooey, and piled high with a fresh couscous. Easy to prepare and absolutely divine. This is satisfying enough to be a meal on its own with just a very simple side salad. The recipe makes about twice the amount of couscous you actually need, but it's difficult to make in a smaller quantity and also extra couscous on the side makes this a more complete meal. The couscous is versatile and you can easily add your own touch to it. Capers would be lovely, as would crumbled feta, sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and cucumber.
1. You can substitute the scallions with red onion, but only use 1/4 of an onion and finely dice it.
2. The deeper the scores, the faster the eggplant will cook and the more the flavour will infuse into the eggplant. But take care not to cut the skin - the eggplant is so soft when roasted, if the skin is cut it will literally fall apart!
3. Tahini Drizzle (vegan substitute for yoghurt) - combine 3 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp lemon, 2 tbsp water, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 crushed small garlic clove. Adjust consistency with water or tahini as necessary, until it has the consistency of honey.