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Couscous: Algeria's national dish, a delight for the palate

Couscous is a traditional Algerian dish that has become a favorite all over the world. Made from durum wheat semolina, couscous is steamed and served with a variety of meats, vegetables, and spices.

Couscous is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed at any time of day. It is a hearty and satisfying meal that is perfect for a family gathering or a dinner party with friends.

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Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: 65 minutes


  • 1 cup couscous

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. In a large bowl, combine the couscous and chicken broth. Let stand for 20 minutes, or until the couscous absorbs all the liquid.

  2. While the couscous is soaking, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

  4. Add the chicken, salt, pepper, cumin, and turmeric. Cook until the chicken is browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.

  5. Stir in the cilantro and raisins.

  6. Fluff the couscous with a fork.

  7. Serve the couscous with the chicken and vegetables.


  • For a richer flavor, you can use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts.

  • If you don't have cilantro, you can use parsley instead.

  • You can also add other vegetables to couscous, such as carrots, celery, or peas.

Couscous is a staple food in Algeria and is often served on special occasions. There are many different variations of couscous, each with its own unique flavor. Couscous is typically served with a stew or sauce, such as lamb tagine or chicken chorba.

If you are looking for a delicious and authentic Algerian dish to try, couscous is a great option. It is a hearty and satisfying meal that is sure to please everyone at the table.

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