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Festive Couscous

Health DECEMBER 2009

  • Yield: (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 245
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrate: 52g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 234mg
  • Calcium: 25mg

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