Add a Little Interest With Persian Couscous

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

Couscous is a busy cooks dream come true--- invaluable for anyone who wants good food on the table fast! My youngest daughter loves to prepare herself a small bowl of couscous when she comes home from school. This recipe, colourful and tasty, with interesting textures, makes a good side or even a main dish. From The Very Easy Vegetarian Cookbook by Alison & Simon Holst

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Stir the couscous, stock powder, sugar and grated orange rind, together in a bowl.
  2. Add the boiling water, cover, and leave to stand for 6 minutes.
  3. Heat the nuts and currants in the butter or oil in a small frying pan, until the nuts brown lightly, and the currants puff up.
  4. Add the chopped apricots.
  5. Stir the hot nuts and fruit through the couscous.
  6. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, adding the finely chopped spring onions and coriander just before serving.
Most Helpful

Very different couscous but yet so delicious. Made it with olive oil and without pine nuts; I didn't have any. I really liked the fruity taste, the sweetness of the apricots combined with the sourness of the currants and strong flavor of orange.Till now I only had Taboulleh, so this is a nice change.

littlemafia November 16, 2009

Excellent thanks Karen. i used the orange zest, toasted pine nuts and chicken stock powder. I always use cranberries rather than currants (a personal preferance) and especially love them in couscous.

JustJanS March 17, 2009

Yummy, yummy! I made this last evening to go along with some Chermoula meatballs. Each part of the meal benefited from the other. One fruity and light, the other spicy and rich. Couscous is marvelous because it can be made with so many flavors and moods. This one would so easy to enjoy as a summer lunch as well as a side. I made it by the recipe and loved each bite.

Annacia December 09, 2013