Moroccan Couscous with Vegetables

Couscous salads are rather relatively novel. Couscous in Morocco is not traditionally made as a salad but as a meal, complete with vegetables and meat.

Moroccan Couscous with Vegetables

Every Friday Moroccan households prepare a couscous, typically with chicken or beef and seven different vegetables patiently prepared in a couscoussier and colorfully served in a gassaa, a large clay dish.

Don’t ask me why exactly seven vegetables because I don’t know. It has always been this way and most people have it an entire lifetime without questioning why. It’s one of those things you simply take as self- evident.

In my book, I shared a kesksou bi sebaa khodar recipe (couscous with seven vegetables), but unlike the more industrious women of my country, I reserve it for very special occasions. This recipe is a rather more economic replica of it that’s meatless and uses fewer vegetables. It is delicious nonetheless.

Couscous with Vegetables Recipe

2 servings as a main dish, 4 servings as a side

For the stew

  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and halved crosswise
  • 3 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 6 sprigs parsley
  • 1 ¼ cups water

For the couscous

  • 1 cup instant couscous
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon butter

Place all of the ingredients for the stew except the zucchini and raisins in a medium pot over medium heat. Cover with a lid and cook 10 minutes. Add the zucchini and raisins, cover and cook another 10 minutes. Discard the parsley.

Prepare the couscous by pouring the boiling water over the couscous in a large bowl. Stir in the salt and butter. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Arrange the couscous in a dome on the serving plate. Place the vegetables on the couscous. Top with the raisins and sauce.

Serve immediately.

Jennifer Dumas

My name is Jennifer! Welcome to Dinners and Dreams. My goal here is to encourage you to try out recipes you never thought you could make at home. Furthermore, I also review products that I have used in the past or currently using to make every day buying decisions easier and to ensure you get the best value for your money.

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