By Folake Solomon


This is a proudly African dish, originally from the Berbers of Tunisia and Algeria, which has gained global acceptance.

The dish is simple, easy to prepare and engages your imagination and taste buds.  It can be served as a main or side dish; some have gone as far as making a dessert of it. Here, we shall explore it as a main dish served with Chicken kebab (skewered).

Ingredients: (Serving for 4)
2 cups of couscous grain (parboiled)
4 Med. Sized Carrots
1 can of Kidney beans
2 Sprigs of Lettuce/ Spinach
100g of Green peas
1 Large bulb of Onion
2 Large sized Green pepper (Diced)
4 Med sized Tomatoes
50 Mils of Olive Oil/ 50grms of butter
Avocado Pears (peeled, optional)
450 grms of Chicken (cut into small chunks 2/3 inches thick)
Dried Pepper (grounded)
Salt to taste

How to prepare:
Wash and marinate your chicken in spices - ginger, garlic, curry, thyme, salt, a dash of ground peanut and ground dry pepper (this mix is available off the shelves of most food marts) and set aside for 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 1400F, skewer the marinated chicken and set to grill for about 30-35mins.
While waiting for the chicken, set a saucepan to heat and sauté the carrots, green pepper, tomatoes, onions, kidney and green peas, spices and a pinch of salt to taste for about 3-5mins, based on preference and set aside.

To prepare the main dish, it is widely suggested that for every cup of Couscous, one and a half cup of water be used. So set to boil 3 cups of water and wait till it boils and add 2 tablespoons of oil or butter before adding the grains, stir with a wooden spoon, and cover the pot to steam the grain and turn - off the heat.
Fluff the Couscous with a dinner fork and stir- fry with the sautéed vegetable, set on the burner at low heat to ensure a hot steaming boil.
Serve with any drink of choice.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size (157g)
Per Serving
% Daily Value*

Calories 186

Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 390mg

Carbohydrate 36.1g           
Dietary Fiber 2.2g
Sugars   0.2g
Total Fat 2.3g       

Protein 28g

*Based on a 2000 calorie diet


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