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How can I prevent my couscous from clumping? 

Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

The best way to create fluffy grains of couscous is to cook it as follows: for every 1 cup of dry couscous, bring 1 1/4 cups of liquid to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover the pot and remove it from the heat. In about 15 minutes, the grains will absorb the liquid.

Now here's the key: When it's time to serve the couscous, don't scoop it out of the pot with a spoon. Scrape the grains out with a fork, which is like combing them and keeps them separate–and fluffy.

Watch our video with tips on cooking couscous.

Recipe: Couscous Pilaf