Festive Couscous

pomegranate-couscous Recipe
Lis Parsons

Nutritional Information

Calories 245
Fat 1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrate 52 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 234 mg
Calcium 25 mg


3 cups couscous
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon each paprika, ground cumin, and ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 1/3 cups boiling water
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, divided
Chopped fresh cilantro


Put couscous into a heatproof bowl. Stir in raisins, kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon each paprika, ground cumin, and ground coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Pour boiling water over couscous, and cover bowl with plastic wrap; let sit 10–15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff couscous with a fork; transfer to a serving dish. Mix 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds into couscous and scatter remaining 1/4 cup on top. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro, and serve.


Nigella Lawson,

Nigella Christmas (Hyperion; $35)

December 2009
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