Here is a five minute side dish that I frequently make when I want to make a quick supper. Quite literally I boil the water in the kettle, pour it into the bowl with the couscous and cover for 5 minutes. Let's just say if you like rice you will like this side dish too. The addition of the sweet sultana raisins really add a nice chewy sweet bite to the plain couscous.

Serves 2


  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup sultana raisins
  • 1/2 cup boiled water
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • coarse salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • juice of half a lemon (or more if you like)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • handful of chopped flat leaf parsley

In a heat proof bowl, add in the couscous, raisins, onions, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Lightly mix it altogether. Add in the 1/2 cup of boiled water and quickly cover the bowl for 5 minutes with either a lid or with saran wrap. Uncover the bowl after 5 minutes and you should see the couscous and the raisins all plumped up. Fluff the couscous with a fork and drizzle in the olive oil and squeeze in the lemon juice. Chop a handful of parsley and mix it through. You can serve this warm or at room temperature.

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