Tuesday 2 April 2019

Recipe 72: Spicy Moroccan Couscous

Couscous is a North African traditional food and very popular in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt. It is also well-established in the local cuisine of Italy and Middle-East.

Couscous is made by rolling coarse flour until it form small beads, which are then sieved and dried.

Thus, couscous forms a wonderful replacement of rice and pasta.

It has a mild taste, nice texture and requires only soaking in hot water for a few minutes!!

So, lets try out a spicy Moroccan Couscous dish using a few basic pantry ingredients, which can be served alongside meat or fish. But to me, a plate full of spicy tangy couscous is all good to go for lunch :)

Ingredients for 4 Servings:

  1. 1 cup dry couscous (get on Amazon)
  2. 1.25 cups water
  3. 1 zucchini chopped
  4. 1 medium size carrot chopped
  5. 1 onion roughly chopped
  6. 1 red bell pepper cut into cubes
  7. 2 garlic cloves
  8. 1/2 lemon
  9. 2 sprigs of coriander leaves
  10. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  11. 2 tsp. black pepper powder
  12. 1 tsp. cumin/zeera powder
  13. 1 tsp. coriander/dhania powder
  14. 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  15. 1/2 tsp. turmeric/haldi powder
  16. 10 gms. raisins
  17. 10 gms. pomegranate seeds (optional garnishing)
  18. salt to taste


In a large cooking pot, boil water.
When the water starts boiling, remove it from heat and add the dried couscous.
Keep it covered for 10 minutes.
Remove the lid and fluff it with the help of a fork.
For the vegetables -
In a pan, heat vegetable oil.
To it, add the chopped onion, grated garlic and fry properly.
Add all the vegetables and cover to cook until they are slightly soft, but still crunchy.
To this, add the spice powders along with salt to taste.
Mix properly.
Squeeze out the juice of half of a lemon and add it to the vegetable mixture.
Finally add the boiled couscous and mix properly to distribute the flavour of spices evenly.
Serve hot on a dish beautifully garnished with raisins, almonds and coriander leaves.
Enjoy the colourful and fragrant dish of couscous, Besseha!

Sohini Nandi

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