Our Family Mediterranean Couscous

May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

Un-biased opinion: this is the best mediterranean dish ever!

This is my grandmother in Israel’s recipe that she cooked up until she was 98 years old. It’s never the exact same because she always said “a pinch of this” and “a little bit of that”, but it comes out amazingly every time. My dad added his own little spin on it and… voila! It’s the whole family’s favorite!

Every single person who has tried this has begged for the recipe and is always eager to eat it again.

It’s very easy to make and can be made vegetarian if preferred!

Serving size: Approx. 4


1 cup couscous

Approx. 7 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Optional: 1 cup pre-cooked chicken or lamb

2 medium carrots (cut into large pieces) or baby carrots

2 cups cubed pumpkin (remove skin) or butternut squash (cut into 1” pieces)

tip: cut unevenly for more visually appealing appearance

1 large potato (cut into 1” pieces)

1 large sweet potato (cut into 1” pieces)

1 large red pepper (cut into 1” pieces)

1 medium onion (thinly slices)

2 cups white cabbage (cut into 1” pieces)

2 zucchinis (sliced approx. 0.5” wide)

1-2 cinnamon sticks

½ cup raisins

2 bay leaves

1 cup chickpeas (freshly cooked or canned)

½ teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon coriander 

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons salt (to taste)

1/3 cup olive oil


Place the carrots into a pot with the broth, bring to boil, then add the rest of the vegetables and ingredients (except the raisins) to the broth. Bring to boil, then turn down the temperature to medium-low and let simmer for about 25-30 minutes with the pot partially covered.

After about 15 minutes of simmering, add the raisins.

While the broth is simmering, prepare couscous separately according to its packaging instructions (should take about 5-10 minutes).

To serve, arrange couscous on a plate then top with the cooked vegetables and some broth. 


Again, I highly recommend you try this recipe out.

If you make it and share it to social media, be sure to tag me in your posts because we’d love to see your final result!


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