Couscous is originally from Africa and is the national dish of the countries of Maghrib, which is Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisian. this dish spread from this area, where it originated, to Libya, Mauritiana, Egypt, and sub-Saharan countries.
This dish is one of the most versatile dishes that I know, you can mix with vegetables, legumes, meat, or fish, or it can be eaten with butter or fresh fruit.
There are three main types: Moroccan, Israelian, and Lebanese:
Tiny grains of semolina is about three times the size of a grain of cornmeal. This type cooks very quickly.
These semolina pellets are about the size of peppercorns and will take much longer to cook. This type is usually steamed in the traditional long-cooking method or stirred as one would rice in a risotto.
Larger than Israeli couscous, the starchy pellets are about the size of small peas.
One cup contains 200 calories, 12% of which is accounted for by protein, 87% is from starch, and only 1% fats.
When I was studying fashion at the university in Caracas, one of my dearest friends, was from Morocco, and for her birthday, the family of her husband, prepare a typical Moroccan feast.
They prepare it with carrots, raisins, cabbages, and Lamm in the center, and to be honest I will never forget the flavors of Morocco right in the middle of my hometown.
So today I bring you guys a simple cold couscous salad, that I love to eat especially in summer when the temperatures here in Vienna are really high.
- 1 cup couscous
- 3 tomatoes
- 2 radish
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 avocado
- 2 dry tomatoes
- fresh cilantro
- Put the cup of couscous in a pan and cover it with boiling water, add a piece of butter and cover (without cooking it). Cut all the veggies, and when the couscous is ready (take 5 min) mix all add a spoon of olive oil, salt, a bit of cilantro and voilà!