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Spicy Couscous

  • Preparation:  min
    Time:  min
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Time: 60 min
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

A lovely, exotic alternative to rice, this recipe works well on its own as a delicious cold salad for a light yet filling meal, or it can be served warm as a tasty side dish. The pomegranate seeds are optional but I think it gives this recipe a delicious twist.


Spicy Couscous

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 350ml vegetable stock
  • Pinch of saffron strands
  • 6 salad onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 225g couscous
  • Coarsely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds(optional)
  • 55g pine nuts, toasted

Tips & Alternatives

  • For gluten free: Instead of couscous (which contains wheat) you can use quinoa, millet or amaranth.
  • For vegans: some vegetable stock and couscous mixes are not always vegan, so it's important to always check the ingredients.

How to make Spicy Couscous

1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, lidded pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander and paprika and fry over a gentle heat for 1 minute, stirring.

2. Add the stock and saffron and bring to the boil. Add the salad onions, and then pour in the couscous in a steady stream and give it a quick stir.

3. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid, remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes, to allow the grains to swell and absorb the stock.

4. If you are serving this warm, stir in the rest of the oil and the remaining ingredients now. Otherwise, leave the couscous to cool and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, then add all the other ingredients for a deliciously cold couscous salad.

This recipe is full of goodness

  • Packed with powerful antioxidants
  • Good source of dietary fibre
  • Full of essential vitamins & minerals

Pomegranates are known as a superfood and with good reason! Rich in powerful antioxidants and nutrients, eating pomegranates can help keep your heart healthy and your skin glowing, lower stress levels, help improve digestion and give your immune system a boost.

About Sally

Sally Bee's story of survival and recovery from three heart attacks in a week at the age of 36 is nothing short of a miracle. Sally attributes much of her remarkable survival to her delicious and achievable healthy eating plan, which she and her whole family enjoy.

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