Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Recipe 2/50 : Algeria: Algerian Couscous

We happened to do lots of travelling the past two weeks and now I'm so very busy unpacking,cleaning bla bla. I feel so tired and tired and tired that I almost forgot to post the recipe of the day.
This weekend was very special to me. My dad visited us for couple of days. It was just after a year I was seeing him, so heart was filled with happiness. Nothing can make you more happy than seeing your own family. Unfortunately I couldn't cook anything for my dad since, the hotel we stayed did not have the kitchen so ended up eating in hotels. 

Today lets tour to a country in in the Maghreb, Algeria. One the common dishes here is couscous. Its the healthiest grain-based product. Its a staple food throughout Algeria.  Most cooking is centered around spicy couscous which is served with long-simmered vegetables, meats and stews. Cooking couscous should be one of the easiest of all food and grains.
I made one the simple Algerian Couscous and here goes the recipe.




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1 large onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
pepper to taste
1/2 cup vegetable stock
salt to taste
1 can (8 ounce size) tomato paste
4 whole cloves
3 medium zucchini medium size chunk
1 large carrot cut to medium chunks
2-3 medium potatoes [I used russet potato], skins on  cube size
1 red or green bell pepper cut chunk size
1 cup green peas
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup couscous
Heat the Vegetable stock and and all the vegetables into the stock including green peas and tomatoes.
Add tomato paste, stir and simmer. 
Add all spices, and 1 cup of water ,cover and cook till the vegetables become soft and tender. This is the vegetable stew.[ Add more water if required ]
Put couscous in a bowl. Pour boiling water over couscous and wait about 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Mix the stew and the couscous, serve and Enjoy!


  1. Nice recipe...healthy and delicious

  2. What a wonderful, flavorful side dish! It would pair well with so many entrees~

  3. Healthy, simple & inviting couscous!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. interesting recipe, sounds great..

  5. looks so tempting and perfect.. awesome pictures too..

  6. How lovely you were able to spend time with your dad, I am sure it was a wonderful visit :) I love this recipe and I have couscous in my pantry along with some of the other ingredients on hand, would love to try this :)