spiced couscous

Couscous is definitely a summer staple in my household. I’ve said before how much I love to make salads at this time of the year, so experimenting with different flavours, recipes and ingredients for them is something I love to do at the moment. When it comes to salads, I often like to mix and match different foods and transform them into a big, mixed bowl full of different flavours. Usually, I prepare different things – like grains, pastas, roasted vegetables, dressings and dips ahead of time, and then merge them all together for a comforting dinner.

One of the dishes I really enjoy making is for a spiced couscous. It’s such a simple thing to make, and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. All you need to do is cook your couscous (I’ve used both maize and wheat couscous before), and mix all of the spices together. Then, just fold the spice paste mix into the couscous and it’s done!

This makes such a great addition to salad bowls, and I love serving it with hummus, roasted vegetables, salad vegetables, dressing, some veggie curry or tagine. In my opinion, it works best with moister foods, so things with sauces and dressings etc. are great, or even roasted vegetables, as they really help to bring out it’s spices and flavours. As well as in salads, it also makes a nice accompaniment to dishes with mild sauces, Moroccan foods, tagine, some kebab skewers, or barbecues – you name it. I think you could even add things to it as well, like some fried onions, chopped dried apricots, raisins or slivered almonds. It’s a very versatile dish, and I think you could serve it however and with whatever you like! Enjoy.


spiced couscous

serves 2-4


for the couscous:

1 cup (150g) couscous (I used maize)


for the spice paste mix:

1 tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tbsp tahini

1 tsp tomato puree

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp salt

pepper, to taste



1. Firstly, prepare the spice paste mix. Add the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, tomato puree, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, ginger, chilli, salt and pepper into a bowl. Then, stir all of the ingredients together into smooth and well mixed paste, and set aside.

2. Next, prepare the couscous according to the instructions on the packet. Then, when the couscous is done, transfer it into a bowl, and scoop the spice mixture on top. Next, stir the paste into the couscous until well mixed and evenly covers it. Then, serve with whatever else you like.


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  1. Wow, I’m most definitely making this, Harriet! I used to love couscous and have only seen a rice version from the gf options — I had no idea there’s a maize option too. Will definitely look out for it now. This looks absolutely delicious! ♥

  2. Ahhh, this would be the perfect side dish! :]! It looks so flavorful! <3 I've still never actually made anything with couscous, but that's going to have to change shortly! :O

  3. Gorgeous photos! I love all the spices you use in your foods. They sound so mouthwatering delicious! I’m not sure why I don’t make couscous more often. I even have a bag in my pantry…I guess it was just waiting for this recipe, haha! Thanks for sharing, friend!

  4. I love spiced couscous! Yours looks so tasty, Harriet. I also love how you managed to mix the paste in without smashing the couscous; they still look so perfect and gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it’s definitely one that I would love to make this summer!

  5. Oh I love couscous so much Harriet and this looks just amazing. So light and fluffy and you used all of my favorite spices. I bet it has a wonderful smoky flavor thanks to the cumin. I definitely need to try this, it has been so long since I’ve had couscous! It’s just perfection!!

  6. Nice one!! I just started to play around a little with couscous. Like how to get it nice and fluffy all the time. This would be the next step. Plain couscous can indeed be a little boring. Thanks for the inspiration, Harriet!

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