Couscous characteristics

What is couscous?

Couscous, a cereals dish with vegetables

Couscous is a Moroccan dish that is based on hard wheat semolina. This is obtained by grinding refined durum wheat .

Actually, it is a complete meal, formed by fragments of durum wheat (Triticum durum). It can also be obtained from other cereal grits. The most common are the rice meal, oatmeal and cornmeal.

In its place of origin, semolina is usually accompanied by a side of vegetables (onion, celery, zucchini, carrots, etc.) and meat (usually chicken or lamb) cooked in a special pot, called couscoussier, which allows the steam to cook the cereal, so that it stays dry, loose and with a very characteristic aroma.

Couscous is usually seasoned with saffron sauce and ginger.

Where is couscous consumed?

Although it has been commonly consumed in northern Africa, it is increasingly spreading in the western world, due to large increase of African cuisine restaurants.

There are several variations of couscous according to the customs of different peoples.

In the recipe below we show a kind of completely vegetarian couscous, which, in addition to durum wheat semolina, chickpeas and other vegetables are involved.



Photo of couscous

Ingredients for 6 people:


  • Cook the couscous according to package directions.
  • Cut the peppers and zucchini in pieces. Chop the coriander in a mortar.
  • Pour three tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and heat. When hot, sauté the zucchini, scallions and pepper.
  • In a bowl, place the cooked couscous and chickpeas. Stir a bit to mix. Add the vegetables above.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.

How to serve:

Serve hot as a starter for lunch

* Go on reading: Nutritional properties of couscous

More information about chickpeas

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

27 October, 2021

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