Tunisian Couscous Recipe: A Flavorful and Quick Meal from North Africa

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Tunisian Couscous Recipe: A Flavorful and Quick Meal from North Africa

Tunisian Couscous is a traditional dish from the North African country of Tunisia. It consists of small pieces of steamed semolina combined with vegetables and rich spices for a delicious and hearty meal. This dish has been enjoyed in Tunisia for centuries and is beloved by many nations today and, soon, by your family!

Thanks to the already prepared Couscous that is available in the markets, it makes it easy to prepare at home. Couscous is perfect for a quick meal or a weeknight dish with a flavorful punch. It’s endlessly versatile and is the ideal palette to let your culinary imagination wild.

Tunisian Couscous Recipe A Flavorful and Quick Meal from North Africa. This recipe brings out the warmth and flavorful North African cuisine. This traditional Dish combines small pieces of steamed semolina with a delightful vegetable medley enriched with rich cumin, coriander, and harissa. Whether vegetarian or a meat lover, this versatile and quick meal can quickly adapt to your taste preferences, making it a perfect weeknight dinner or a healthy lunch. Discover different couscous variations and learn how to store dried and cooked Couscous. All while exploring the essence of Tunisian cuisine. Without further do, let’s explore together:

How Do You Make Tunisian Couscous?

Couscous’ simplicity lends its incredible versatility. Couscous can be prepared in just a few minutes, making it the perfect addition to a meal or quick snack. You can eat it plain and enjoy the nuttiness of the semolina. Or you can add spices and vegetables to create an elaborate and daring dish. 

The most common way to prepare this Dish is to steam the semolina with vegetables, herbs, and spices until it is fluffy and light. Couscous absorbs seasonings well and can be eaten alone or as a side to meat and vegetable dishes.

Variations Of This Dish 

Tunisian Couscous can be adapted to fit any flavor palette. Feel free to experiment with different combinations of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, and bell peppers. Roast the vegetables before adding them to the Couscous to bring out even more flavor.

 For spices, the warmth of cumin and coriander caraway gives this dish depth. In addition to the harissa, add a bit of excellent heat. Some traditional variations include chickpeas, raisins, and almonds for a sweet and nutty flavor or lamb or beef for a heartier dish. Toasting Couscous also brings out a nutty flavor from the semolina wheat. Cook it on a pan for a few minutes until it’s slightly brown before adding other ingredients to add this extra dimension of flavor.

Cooking the Vegetable Medley

To create the soul of our Tunisian Couscous, you must bring together a medley of vegetables that captures the essence of North African cuisine. This is where you can get creative. Experiment with different combinations of seasonal vegetables, such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, and bell peppers.

To get the full effect, make sure you use all the ingredients listed in the recipe and take the time to bring out the full flavor of the medley. Sauté the vegetables with fragrant spices like cumin, coriander, and harissa for a bold and vibrant taste. With these simple steps, you can elevate the vegetable medley to the heart and soul of this delicious Dish.

What to serve with this Dish?

Tunisian Couscous is a versatile dish that pairs well with many main courses. Here are some suggestions:

Moroccan Chicken Tagine The rich and aromatic flavors of the tagine perfectly complement the warm spices and tender vegetables in the Couscous. As well as our Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder or Braised Lamb Shanks: The hearty and robust flavors of the lamb pair perfectly with the nuttiness and texture of the Couscous. Roasted Chicken is always a winning recipe and an excellent option to pair with this Dish. The Couscous serves as a flavorful and filling side dish that enhances the flavors of the Chicken.

No matter what course you choose, Tunisian Couscous will be a delicious and satisfying addition to your meal.

 

Ingredient List

Preparation

1.
Heat the skillet on medium heat and add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Throw in the diced onion to sauté for 3 minutes until it softens. Then add the carrots and stir. It would be best to allow the carrots to sizzle for another 4 minutes on the heat before adding the zucchini and minced garlic. Stir everything together quickly for 30 more seconds to get all the flavors together!
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Add the tomato paste, harissa, cumin, coriander, and caraway to the vegetables in the pan and give them a good mix. Add one cup of broth and bring it to a boil. Add the garbanzo beans, seasoning with salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium and cook the mix for another 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft and tender. Turn off the heat and add the lime juice.
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Heat a pot of medium-stock over a medium-high flame and swirl in some olive oil. Toss the couscous into it to get it coated in olive oil, which will help with cooking. The olive oil will also help to keep the couscous from sticking together. Mix the couscous for two minutes, then pour in hot water or broth. Add salt to taste.
Combine the vegetable medley with the couscous with your fork until it's even but be careful not to overcook or overwork it. Shut off the heat to the pot, then close that lid tight! Let all those flavors mingle while you wait five blissful minutes. Finally, fluff up the couscous before serving!
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To arrange, you could keep both the couscous and vegetable medley separate. Serve them each on a tagine, a traditional North African clay cooking dish. This will keep the Couscous and the vegetable medley warmer longer than in a typical bowl or a plate. The tagine also adds a unique, authentic twist to your dinner presentation.
You can also place the couscous on a deep-dish platter if you don't have a tagine. This will also keep the couscous warm better than a typical plate would. Place the couscous on the bottom of the dish, then add a scoop of the vegetables on top. Save the sauce and serve it on the side to help the couscous retain more heat. Garnish the couscous with cilantro once you're finished, then enjoy!
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Ingredients:

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion (diced)
2 carrots (cut into a medium size bites)
2 medium size zucchinis (sliced into medium size bites)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon harissa
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon caraway ground
1 ½ cups broth (either chicken or vegetable or water)
1 can 15 oz garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
2 tablespoon lime juice or lemon
Salt and pepper
To prepare the couscous:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups Couscous
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups hot water
Add chopped cilantro for garnish once you're finished preparing the couscous.

Preparation

1
Heat the skillet on medium heat and add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Throw in the diced onion to sauté for 3 minutes until it softens. Then add the carrots and stir. It would be best to allow the carrots to sizzle for another 4 minutes on the heat before adding the zucchini and minced garlic. Stir everything together quickly for 30 more seconds to get all the flavors together!
2
Add the tomato paste, harissa, cumin, coriander, and caraway to the vegetables in the pan and give them a good mix. Add one cup of broth and bring it to a boil. Add the garbanzo beans, seasoning with salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium and cook the mix for another 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft and tender. Turn off the heat and add the lime juice.
3
Heat a pot of medium-stock over a medium-high flame and swirl in some olive oil. Toss the couscous into it to get it coated in olive oil, which will help with cooking. The olive oil will also help to keep the couscous from sticking together. Mix the couscous for two minutes, then pour in hot water or broth. Add salt to taste.
4
To arrange, you could keep both the couscous and vegetable medley separate. Serve them each on a tagine, a traditional North African clay cooking dish. This will keep the Couscous and the vegetable medley warmer longer than in a typical bowl or a plate. The tagine also adds a unique, authentic twist to your dinner presentation.

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

Dried Couscous can be stored for years, as it's pasta in a different shape. However, you'll want to keep it away from moisture or bugs, especially if you plan long-term storage. That makes it easy to buy a box of Couscous now, so you have it on hand in the future, even if you're not planning to make a dish with it anytime soon.

Once cooked, the couscous and the vegetable medley will last several days in the refrigerator. You can keep them separate or combine them so that the dish will absorb more of the flavor of the vegetable medley. This dish can be frozen for several months if stored in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information

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