Spicy couscous

Fragrant with aromatic spices, Tamasin Day-Lewis's couscous makes a quickly prepared side dish - excellent with grilled lamb
By Tamasin Day-Lewis
Spicy couscous
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus soaking
  • Effort: easy



  • 600-700ml chicken stock
  • 375 g couscous
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a few cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • small handful of raisins
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


1. Heat the stock until almost boiling.

2. Put the couscous in a glass bowl and pour in 500ml of the stock.

3. Add the cinnamon, cardamom pods, allspice and a little freshly grated nutmeg. Mix gently with a fork, place a plate on top and leave for 20 minutes until the stock is absorbed.

4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 170°C/gas 3.

5. Loosen the couscous with a fork. Add the raisins, olive oil and remaining stock.

6. Cover with foil and place in the oven to keep warm until ready to eat.

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