Couscous with dried fruits 

Couscous is a festive dish, prepared with a delicate mix of cooked dry fruits, which symbolizes a sweet new year. It is often made during the “henna”, a traditional pre-wedding party. During the holidays, the couscous is usually accompanied by a special type of meat like lamb or veal. The natural sweetness of the dry fruits is enhanced by mixing cinnamon and ginger which results in a unique taste.

Serving: 8-10


  • 1 package of regular couscous
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup of golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup of pitted prunes, sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp of ginger
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of silvered almonds toasted


1)Heat up the oil in a large pan. Sauteed the onions on a low fire until they become translucent. Add the water, sugar, cinnamon, honey, ginger. Mix with a wooden spoon and add the raisins, prunes and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook for about 45min on a low fire stirring from time to time. When it’s ready, remove the cinnamon stick and discard it.

2)Prepare the couscous according to the package direction.

3)Arrange in a large plate and add the cooked dried fruits on top. Sprinkle some silvered almonds and a pinch of cinnamon.

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