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How to make tasty couscous in 5 min

Zataar and turmeric golden couscous

Couscous is one of the quicker grains to prepare. It takes 5 min to make and it goes with everything: raw vegetables, meats, fish, roasted vegetables, pulses, sauces, and everything in between.

This recipe will show you how to make tasty couscous in 5 min.

It is perfect for a tasty full meal or a quick one and perfect for lunch boxes. But most people don’t know how to prepare it, which is a shame, because it can be really tasty.

By simply adding a blend of Middle Eastern spices to the couscous can create an amazing base for you to create healthy and tasty grain salads and to accompany meat or fish meals.

Spices are the secret

When cooked in plain water, it can become bland and tasteless, but cooked with these wonderful Mediterranean spices 


Turmeric does not need any introduction. This bright yellow spice is what gives the color to the couscous and also brings great anti-inflammatory benefits.


A Middle Eastern blend of spices that includes sesame seeds, sumac, and oregano, perfectly matches the taste of the couscous which is in fact a typical Middle Eastern and North African staple. You can easily find it in a Middle Eastern shop or Waitrose.


Another typical Middle Eastern spice, sumac is a red spice that brings a lemony taste to the many dishes and that gives a wonderful taste to the couscous. You can find it at Waitrose.


Serves two people | Prep time 10 min
  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Zataar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sea salt to taste


Simply place the couscous in a bowl, and place the spices in a glass. Add some boiling water from the kettle to the spices, mix, and pour them into the bowl with couscous.

Cover with a lid and wait for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and stir the couscous with a fork adding the olive oil and the fresh lemon juice. Stir well, and your couscous is ready to be garnished with fresh or roasted vegetables for a salad as an accompaniment to meat & fish.

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