Dried Fruit and Nut Couscous

Cook time 30 minutes
Servings 4 - 6


2 cups couscous
70g butter
Sprig thyme
1 clove garlic
1 tsp ras el hanout
3 tbsp raisins
3 tbsp apricots, finely chopped
2 tbsp slivered almonds
¼ of preserved lemon, core and pith removed then very finely chopped
2 1/4 cup of water

Dried Fruit and Nut Couscous


On a low heat melt the butter with the thyme, garlic and ras el hanout. Once melted, remove from the heat and add the raisins and apricots. Macerate for 20 minutes.

Place dried couscous in a bowl and season with salt. Add the macerated fruits along with all the butter and rub through your fingers until the butter is evenly distributed through the couscous grains. Add the boiling water and cover bowl with cling film. Allow to couscous absorb the liquid for 5-10 minutes.

Finally add the almond and preserved lemon and with a fork lightly mix the couscous to separate the grains.