Main dishes,  Moroccan food

Make your own, ultimate vegetable couscous

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7-vegetable couscous

Amazing melt-in-the-mouth couscous

In my experience, there is only one way to make truly delicious couscous, and that is by using the steaming technique. It does take time, and yes, it can be a bit messy. But there is simply no comparison with the instant packages you can find in the supermarket.

But to make steamed couscous you will need a couscoussier, or steaming basket. You can find these online, or in an African store where they are very inexpensive.

In brief, the steaming of couscous happens in three stages. In between those steaming stages water, oil and salt is rubbed (with the hands) into the couscous. The couscous steams above the broth with the vegetables. But as some vegetables need a longer cooking time than others, they are added to the stock at different times.

7 vegetable couscous

The 7 vegetable couscous is a very popular dish in Morocco. They use multiple and different vegetables. Each vegetable is cooked in a way that it keeps its own identity. Traditionally the stock is made from meat. But I have used a home-made vegetable stock which I pre-made.

For the vegetables I chose; carrot, turnip, onion, tomato, courgette, fennel and red bell pepper. I used as well a good handful of pre-cooked chickpeas. Other vegetables that you might consider to use are; Butternut squash, feve beans or cabbage. The vegetable should be cooked but kept intact (so never mushy).


Tfaya is a sweet garnish of caramelised onions and raisins and seasoned with lots of aromatic spices. I really like to add a bit of Tfaya to my couscous, it gives it so much more flavour. But of course this is just optional. Once you familiarise yourself with Tfaya, you might end up using it on many more dishes.

If you are interested in other Moroccan dishes, check out some of my other recipes;

I hope you can allow yourself the time to make this traditional vegetable couscous. Let me know what you think of the outcome. I always love to hear about your experiences. Or add @haricoco1 to your instagram post. ENJOY the couscous, and enjoy the process of the making 😉

This vegetable couscous recipe is part of my new (and still under construction) series; ‘Travels of taste‘. We use our taste buds to travel the world and discover the use of our senses and imaginations to meet other cultures through food. So today we find ourselves in Morocco. Walking around the hustle & bustle of the souks, and discover all the flavours Morocco has to offer, check out my full Moroccan ‘travels of taste’ post; >>> Morocco – the flavours of the souks.

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