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Iconic Couscous

The iconic couscous that most people are familiar with has become one of the most popular dishes in the world with origins allegedly dating back as early as 238 to 149 b.c.e.

Couscous is considered a staple product of North Africa, and is proclaimed as the national dish of countries such as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Couscous has garnered a much deserved reputation as being a good dietary dish as well as one of most versatile foods to prepare; it can be mixed with vegetables, legumes, meat, fish, or mixed in with dried fruit and sweet spices such as cinnamon. Its versatility also stems from the various ways of preparation as each of the respective countries have their own signature dish that can be associated with various ceremonial events such as in Tunisia, couscous is traditionally served at the end of Ramadan celebrations; and in other countries, it would be served at births and wedding feasts.

Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian couscous is generally made with seasonal vegetables (carrots,potatoes,turnips,etc.) cooked in a zesty broth using spices such as turmeric, paprika, ginger, and fresh herbs like parsley and other spices, or in a mild broth served in a tagine-style pot. But for a heartier meal, couscous can be prepared with meat such as chicken,lambormutton. And lets not forget about the renowned couscous desserts that are made with dates, almonds, sesame, and pure honey sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, which is referred to as "maghrood" in some North African countries. Thick red, saucy stews made with couscous is a popular dish in Libya where they use beef, potatoes, legumes, pumpkin and lots of paprika and cumin spice.

Not only is couscous a highly nutritive dish, it is also an inexpensive product to buy as it is made from wheat or other cereals such as barley or millet which has a long shelf-life. In fact, it is possible to cook a daily meal using couscous using many wonderful ingredients for making stews, or as a main course or a sweet dessert. In most Western supermarkets the couscous sold has been pre-steamed, dried and packaged for easy preparation, which is usually by adding boiling water and covering for no more than 5 minutes.

Couscous is a perfect dish no matter what season or what region you live in. We love making stews with couscous the traditional way, as well as creating our own versions using ingredients such as pumpkin, Mexican zucchini, turnips, lots of parsley and ginger, and some of our favorite seasonings like Whole Spice Couscous Spice Blend to add more zest to the stew.

For a healthy and satisfying couscous meal packed with flavor try using our couscous spice blend at home; its easy and very tasty! Here's a great recipe we hope you'll enjoy and make over and over using your imagination for making awesome couscous dishes.

Vegetarian Couscous Stew - click link