How to cook quick and easy couscous for quick dinner ideas

Have you ever cook couscous anyway? This is one of quick dinner ideas. To cook couscous is easy and also quick. But what is couscous? Couscous is consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous is becoming a favorite substitute for rice and pasta. It has a light fluffy texture which is a little bland in flavor but which readily soaks up the flavours of another ingredients.

The Couscous develop from North Africa, and is the staple ingredient in the North African diet. The term couscous also refers to dishes made with mixtures of meat, vegetables and spices and combined with the semolina.

how to cook couscous

how to cook couscous

I love to cook couscous all the time, anytime I would like a break from rice or pasta, or when I just need whatever which cooks super quick with very little attention. I know there is a proper way that it is prepared in its native lands, involving multiple steamings in a basket over boiling water, followed by breaking up with your fingers and steaming some more. I’m sure this is great but I’ve always satisfied personally because of the quick “package directions” version where you simply add the couscous to boiling water, turn off the heat, cover, wait 5 minutes and fluff. It isn’t bad but it isn’t all that fluffy or tasty either.

We have some trick that make couscous more fluffy. The trick is that you pour the boiling water over the couscous in a low flat casserole so that the weight of the grains and water doesn’t keep it from expanding. I was blown away at how much fluffier and tastier the results are. I’ll never do it in the pot again.

To cook Couscous we need just 15 minutes and can be served for 6 people.

Ingredient of Fluffy Couscous

  • 3 cups couscous
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 1/2 cups boiling water

How to cook delicious couscous

First you can add the salt and oil to boiling water. Spread couscous evenly in the bottom of a large  casserole so that it is in as thin a layer as possible. Now add the water and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Wait until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes), then fluff with a fork. Enjoy. Below is a picture of it topped with a simple spicy chickpea stew with cauliflower, potatoes, and leeks.

cooking couscous

cooking couscous

The couscous recipes will taste more delicious with salad recipe, make the the couscous as described above. Let it cool, then toss it with  canned chickpeas, finely chopped green onions, fresh mint, olive oil, and sea salt. Other nice additions are raisins, pine nuts, feta cheese, olives, and flat leaf parsley. That is really easy to make couscous recipes we ever made.

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