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Couscous is an African food that you can use when serving salads or serving sauces. Couscous can be a meal itself or a side attraction for chicken/fish.



1 cup instant couscous

Olive oil or 2 tablespoons butter (optional)

1 cup of water

½ teaspoon salt


Fork saucepan with lid

Cooking steps

  1. Boil water: pour the water and add little olive oil or two tablespoons of butter (if you are using) into a small pot or saucepan and cover. Bring the water and butter or olive oil (optional) to boil over a high heat on the gas cooker.
  2. Add the couscous: instant couscous is the one that most of us pick up at the local grocery store. The couscous has already been steamed and dried for us. Now, remove the pan that contains water and olive oil or butter from the heat and pour the instant couscous, add salt and stir to evenly moisten the couscous.

Leave and wait for about ten minutes, check to see if the couscous has absorbed the water or if the couscous still feels crunchy. If it is still crunchy after this time, cover again and leave for few minutes more.

  1. Fluff with a Fork: gently break apart and fluff the cooked couscous with a fork before serving.

Cover the pan containing the cooked couscous after fluffing to keep the couscous warm until you are ready to eat. Enjoy your African food and serve either alone or with fish/chicken.

Other methods

Toasted Style: Toasting gives the couscous more flavors. First, you are to melt the butter or olive oil in the saucepan. Stir the melted olive oil or butter in the mix until the mixture smells toasty. Boil the water separately and pour over the mix in the boiled water and continue the process, add salt and stir, wait for some minutes, fluff and serve.

Microwave Style: Pour the couscous into the heatproof bowl. Boil water in the microwave and pour over the it. Stir to moisten, cover the bowl with a dinner plate, and wait for ten minutes. Fluff and serve.

Spiced Style: This is about adding some spices along with the food, to give more flavorful dish. Let the spices be moderate (half to one teaspoon).


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