Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Couscous (National Dish of North Africa/Tunisis/Morocco/Algeria/Libya/Mauritania) الكسكس

Couscous is a National dish of North Africa (Tunisia/Libya/Algeria/Morocco/Mauritania). It is popular in France and other European countries also. It is also known as كسكسي in Egypt and Kuskus in UK and USA. One of my friend Sohail Iqbal while visiting France was first introduced by this dish and he asked me cook and share the recipe. But Couscous was not available in Karachi. I asked Saleem Abdullah Memon of Mersi Trading Est. Dubai to arrange it for me from Dubai. He did it and I cook it .
Couscous is basically a pasta made with Semolina (Suji) and cooked in steam, served with meat or vegetable stews. 

Couscous with Chicken and Vegetable Stew

Recipe for Stew for Couscous:
  • Chicken Cubes    1/2 kg
  • Oil 1/2 cup
  • Boiled Chickpea  1 cup
  • Peas boiled 1 cup
  • Tomatoes  chopped 3
  • Onion quartered 3
  • Ginger paste  1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
  • Carrots (optional)
  • Potatoes (optional)
  • Lemon juice 2 teaspoon
  • Green Chillies  chopped for garnish2
  • Fresh Coriander leaves  chopped for garnish
  • Fresh Mint leaves for garnish
  • Fresh Pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chillies powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red Chillies cutter 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Star aniseed   1
  • Harrisa paste 1-2 teaspoon
  • Heat oil in a pan, add ginger garlic pastes and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Then add tomatoes, chicken and spices and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Then cook on medium flame till chicken is tender.
  • Now add onion, boiled chickpea, pea, lemon juice and cook for 5 more minutes on low flame.
  • Garnish with fresh mint, coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds and remove from flame.
  • Delicious Stew for Couscous is ready to serve.
Preparation of Couscous


  • Couscous 2 cup
  • Water 3 cup
  • salt to taste

  • Procedure
  • Boil water with salt.
  • Then add couscous wait for 5 minutes then fluff with the help of a fork.
  • Couscous is ready.
  • Place Couscous in a large plater pour over prepared chicken and vegetable stew.
  • Enjoy the taste of North African Cuisine.
  • Stew can be prepared with beef, mutton, fish , pulses and other vegetables of your choice.