7 easy couscous recipes to add to your repertoire

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7 easy couscous recipes to add to your repertoire

It’s one of the easiest ingredients to prepare and is an essential pantry staple. If you can boil water, you can whip up a couscous dish.

Couscous is a North African dish made from steamed semolina (coarse wheat granules often used to make – among other things – pasta). Most store-bought couscous is pre-steamed and dried, which saves us cooking time.

When preparing your dish, keep in mind that 1 cup dried couscous makes 4 cups cooked couscous. Adjust the amount required accordingly.

How to cook couscous on the stovetop:
Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a pot with a lid. Add a pinch of salt and a glug of olive oil (or 1 T butter, if you prefer). Once boiling, add 2 cups dried couscous. Stir once with a spoon, cover with the lid, remove from the heat and leave to steam for 5 minutes.

Microwave cooking hack:
Bring a heatproof bowl of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt. Remove from the microwave and add couscous and salt. Stir once. Cover the bowl with a lid and place back in the microwave for a further 10 minutes.

Toasted couscous flavour hack:
To a pan, add olive oil or butter to taste. Once melted, stir in 1 cup couscous and fry until it smells fragrant and toasty. Boil 1½ cups water in a separate pot and, once boiling, pour water over the couscous. Leave to steam for 5 minutes.

Got your attention? Try one of these 7 recipes:

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