How to Cook Couscous

How to Cook Couscous

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10 m
Calories: 112
2 people

Today we bring you a very special recipe: couscous. This dish is one of the most popular and versatile in Mediterranean and North African cuisine, and it's ideal for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. But did you know that couscous has a very interesting history?

Couscous originated in the Maghreb region of North Africa, where it has been a traditional dish for centuries. It is said to have been brought to Europe by the Arabs during the Middle Ages, and since then it has gained popularity all over the world.

As you know, on this website we like to get to the point and not waste your time, so if you want some more tips on how to prepare this recipe you can read them at the end of this post.

Next, we'll show you how to perfectly cook couscous. Follow these steps and enjoy a delicious and nutritious dish!

Ingredients for How to Cook Couscous for 2 people

  • 200 grams of couscous
  • 1 liter of water
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetables - I leave you some notes about this at the end

How to make the recipe How to Cook Couscous

  1. Start heating the waterin a large pot. In the meantime, you can start cutting the vegetables into small cubes and preparing the protein if necessary.
  2. Once the water is hot, add salt to taste and the vegetables, and let them cook over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, or until they are soft.
  3. Add the proteinto the pot and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes more, or until it is cooked.
  4. Add the couscous to the pot and mix well with the other ingredients.
  5. Let the couscous cook for about 5-10 minutesmore, or until it is soft and has absorbed all the water.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the couscous rest for about 5 minutes
  7. Serve the couscous hot, adding more vegetables and protein to taste. You can also add a little olive oil, lemon or fresh herbs to give it more flavor. Enjoy!

Notes and Tips

Make sure to choose a good couscous of wheat, barley, oats or quinoa.

Vegetables: you can add some vegetables, such as carrot, pepper, onion or tomato, and or some type of protein like chicken, lamb, beef or vegetables to make it more complete.

If you want to add vegetables and protein to your couscous, make sure to cut them into small cubes so that they cook well.

Don't forget to add enough water to the couscous, as it needs time to absorb the liquid and cook.

Do not overcook the couscous, as it can become dry and hard.

Let the couscous rest for a few minutes after cooking so that it settles and thickens a bit more.

Serve the couscous hot and add seasonings to taste, such as olive oil, lemon, fresh herbs or spices.

If you want to give your couscous a special touch, you can add dried fruit, such as raisins or nuts, or grilled vegetables to add flavor and texture.

Follow these tips and enjoy perfect couscous every time!

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