Preparation / Directions:
For the stew: In a 4-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, until softened.
Add 1/2 tsp of the salt and all of the cinnamon, ginger, tumeric, nutmeg, and red pepper, stirring until absorbed. Add the water and cloves; bring to a boil. Add the carrot, squash, chickpeas, sweet potato, raisins, apricots, and brown sugar, and return to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 40 to 45 minutes, or until the sweet potato is tender.
For the couscous: During the last 5 minutes of cooking the stew, place the couscous in a medium-sized bowl. Add the boiling water and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
Serve the stew over the couscous and top with the chopped almonds.