Moroccan Couscous with Veggies Recipe

4.9 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 15 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 2 Calories: 145 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


The Moroccan couscous is a quick and easy meal you can make on a weeknight or a special occasion. Moroccan couscous is a relatively low-calorie food. It is a good source of carbohydrates and fiber, and it can be a filling and satisfying meal.


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  1. In a medium bowl, combine the couscous and salt. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water and stir until the water is absorbed. Cover the bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, chickpeas, cilantro, and mint. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Fluff the couscous with a fork and spoon it into bowls. Top with the tomato sauce and serve.


  • Use a good quality couscous. The finer the couscous, the fluffier it will be.
  • If you don't have vegetable oil, you can use olive oil or another neutral oil.
  • You can add other vegetables to the tomato sauce, such as carrots, celery, or peppers.
  • Garnish the couscous with chopped parsley or lemon zest.
Keywords: Couscous

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use instant couscous for Moroccan couscous?

Yes, you can use instant couscous for Moroccan couscous. It cooks quickly and is convenient. Simply follow the package instructions for preparing instant couscous.

How is Moroccan couscous traditionally served?

Moroccan couscous is traditionally served on a large platter with the couscous as the base and the stew or tagine poured over the top. It's often garnished with fresh herbs and sometimes toasted almonds or sesame seeds.

What are some common variations of Moroccan couscous?

Variations of Moroccan couscous can include different combinations of meat, vegetables, and spices. Some regional variations use seafood or incorporate dried fruits like apricots and raisins for a sweet-savory contrast.

What are some side dishes that go well with Moroccan couscous?

Moroccan couscous pairs well with traditional side dishes like flatbread, harira soup, and various salads like Moroccan carrot salad or tabbouleh.

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