Couscous With Garbanzo Beans and Golden Raisins

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 11 mins

Searched ALL 497 recipes, but did not find THIS one !! It came from a very old Bon Appetit, and the addition of cinnamon, lemon peel, and golden raisins give a Mediteranean flair. It is quick, easy, and makes a different side, if you are tired of potatoes and/or rice.


  1. Finely grate peel from lemon to equal 1 1/2 tsp, set aside.
  2. Squeeze 2 TBsp juice from lemon.
  3. Combine 2 cups water. lemon juice, garlic oil, and ground cinnamon in medium saucepan.
  4. Bring to boil, simmer 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in couscous.
  7. Cover and let stand about 5 minutes, until water almost absorbed.
  8. Mix in garbanzo beans, golden raisins, and reserved lemon peel.
  9. Cover and let stand 5 minutes longer.
  10. Fluff couscous with fork.
  11. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Transfer to bowl and serve.
Most Helpful

I scaled back for 3 serves and still had a serve left over which the DM has claimed for lunch (I'll add a little diced fresh pineapple I have left over and some diced roast pork to round it off for her) and I did used sultanas instead of golden raisins. Thank you NurseJaney made for I Recommend tag and game and recommended by Boomette.

I'mPat March 11, 2013

Great couscous recipe! The addition of the garbanzos makes this very filling, perfect for me for lunch. I had regular raisins (not golden) on hand so used those; I did plump them in some warm water first. The lemon flavor is perfect in this and the cinnamon is subtle but a nice touch. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

loof July 18, 2012

It's so yummy and filling. Usually I'm not into cinnamon in main dishes or sides. But I tried it and it's great with the couscous and garbanzo :) Thanks NurseJaney :) Made for the Australian Swap for January 2012

Boomette January 30, 2012