Colourful couscous recipe

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Colourful couscous recipe

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It tastes as good as it looks!
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:261
Ready in:15 minutes
Prep. time:5 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:31st January 2013

Couscous is a traditional North African dish, served with mixed vegetables or meat such as mutton or lamb.

Couscous can be eaten hot or cold and is usually served with harissa paste.

It's a great recipe for using up odd fridge scraps!


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe

  • 225g/8oz couscous
  • 1 Knorr chicken stock cube
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
  • 6 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 " cucumber peeled, quartered lengthwise, seeds removed and chopped into cubes
  • 1 red onion, very finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • 2 tablespoons roasted flaked almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 6 dried apricots, chopped well
  • 2 tablespoons sultanas or raisins
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Boil 400 ml (14 fl oz) of water.
  2. Add the boiling water and the stock cube to a large bowl and mix well
  3. Add the couscous and let it stand for 10 minutes
  4. Add the remaining ingredients apart from the almonds and sesame seeds and fork over well
  5. Just before serving, mix in the almonds and sesame seeds

Serving suggestions

Serve hot or cold.

An ideal accompaniment for harissa lamb. Be authentic, serve with a small bowl of harissa paste.


Switch the lemon for an orange.

As with most rice or grains, couscous does not have a great deal of flavour so the punch comes from the ingredients it's cooked with.

Try sweetcorn, black olives, pine nuts, cashews, red kidney beans, chopped apples, dates, toasted cashew nuts, figs... you get the idea.

Chef's tip

Use double the volume of water to volume of couscous

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