Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

A nicely flavored couscous from The New Vegetarian Epicure. Posted for ZWT III, North Africa and the Middle East.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in a non stick pan and cook the chopped onion and garlic in it till the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Stir in the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne and paprika.
  3. Continue stirring over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then add vegetable broth, tomato puree and currants.
  4. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the sauce from heat and stir in fresh lemon (or lime) juice to your taste.
  6. If not using immediately and planning to reheat before serving, wait to add citrus juice at the last minute.
  7. To cook the couscous, heat the broth, water, butter and salt together in a medium skillet till the liquid boils.
  8. Reduce to a simmer, add the couscous, cover the skillet tightly and leave on the lowest heat for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat an leave it covered for another couple of minutes before fluffing with a fork.
  10. (If using instant couscous, check package directions - you may not need to keep it on heat after boiling, but just cover and wait till liquid is absorbed - just see if liquid amounts match what is mentioned on the package).
Most Helpful

What wonderful flavour the sauce imparted to the plain couscous. I made ahead and added the lime at the last moment, I scaled it back to use 2/3 cup couscous as I usually find this perfect as a side for 3 of us but we were all wishing there was more, so will have to up the quantity in the future. Thank you pattikay, made for I Recommend.

I'mPat May 08, 2012

this is so good! I added in 2 teaspoons crushed chili flakes, used 2 medium onions and and did a few amount adjusments, also I used all chicken broth in place of vegetable broth and water, thanks for sharing this great recipe Pattikay!

Kittencal@recipezazz April 27, 2008

These are excellent! I'm not much into couscous, but so far this is the best blend of flavors I've ever tasted. Used tomato paste since I was in a hurry to peel them. Love the cumin, the lemon, the blend of spices, the sweetness the currants and cinnamon give.. They were also quick to make despite the long list of ingredients. Thanks, Pattikay in LA!

Pneuma April 24, 2008