Moroccan Lentils and Couscous

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by morgainegeiser

This superb Moroccan favorite can only be described as heavenly, with the combination of aromatic spices and crisp, brown onion adding a real spark to the subtle flavors of the lentils and couscous.

Top Review by Morgen L.

I see the good reviews, but for me, the measurements seem to be really off on the spices because it came out super bland. I needed to add more salt, garlic, cumin, etc. I also added diced tomatoes. The onions were a little weird cut into slices so I ended up chopping them as well,I made some flat bread to go with as I thought it needed some texture. The ratio of lentil mixture to couscous was off. It made very little couscous compared to the lentils so that the serving sizes seemed off. Just my opinion.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the lentils in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add garlic, spices, and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time.
  4. While lentils are cooking, bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in couscous, cover, and set aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is nicely browned, about 10 minutes.
  7. Add lentils to skillet and mix well.
  8. Remove and discard bay leaf. Serve lentils over couscous.

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