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North African Couscous

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Couscous is a North African dish of semolina traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it. Couscous is a staple food throughout West Africa, the Sahel, France, Spain, the Canary Islands, Portugal, Madeira, Brazil, Italy (particularly in western Sicily's province of Trapani), as well as in Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, the Middle East and India. It combines vegetables, meat and the couscous grain to form a very hearty dish that is served as a main course. There are many variations to this dish, depending on the area.
  Couscous 1 Cup (16 tbs) (instant)
  White onions 2 Cup (32 tbs), sliced (15 pearl onions- peeled)
  Canned garbanzo beans/Chickpeas 15 Ounce (1 can)
  Potatoes 2 Large, boiled, cubed
  Carrots 1 Cup (16 tbs), sliced
  Cilantro 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon, minced
  Paprika 1 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Seven spices 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Black pepper powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Canned tomato sauce 32 Ounce (2 cans)
  Chicken bouillon cubes 1 Medium
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Butter 4 Tablespoon

1. In a medium sized 2 quart pot heat 1 1/4 cup water, add bouillon and 2 tablespoon butter and bring to a simmer.
2. Add couscous and cook for 1 minute, remove from heat and cover, let stand for 15-20 minutes.

3. In a large saute pan, on medium high heat, add 2 tablespoon butter until melted then add onions. Cook onions for 5 minutes until caramelized.
4. Put carrots and garbanzo beans and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
5. Add garlic, cilantro, parsley, potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix with the vegetables.
6. In a large 4 quart sauce pan bring tomato sauce and 1 1/2 cup of water to a simmer.
7. Add seasonings and spices to the sauce then add vegetable mixture to tomato sauce and simmer for 12 minutes.
8. With a fork, fluff the couscous and mix the couscous with a little tomato sauce.

9. In a serving plate, place the couscous mixture and form a well in the middle, pour the vegetables in the middle of the couscous. Serve warm.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
North African
Side Dish
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Here is a fabulous video that displays how to prepare a traditional North African couscous recipe. The chef here is serves the couscous with plenty of vegetables and a flavorful sauce. Try out this couscous with a great zest of flavors for a simple healthy meal and enjoy!

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KLS1983's picture
I've thought about trying this.