Brahim's Desert Couscous
50 mins (prep 10, cooking 40)
13 ingredients
2-3 servings
I learned to make this from Brahim, a Berber who guided me and my husband through the Sahara desert twice. It is not normal for men to do the cooking in Morocco but Brahim had to learn because he has to cook when he takes people into the desert and how he has learned! We never ate better than when we were in the desert. This is an authentic Moroccan way of making couscous and even though the Moroccans often buy the same boxed couscous available everywhere, they use this special method of preparation for it because they say it helps with digestion. The one difference I have seen between this and other Moroccan methods is that it does not involve washing the grains at the start. I can only assume this is because the recipe was originally made in the desert, where conservation of water is crucial. The vegetables here are a guide. Potatoes, carrots, courgettes, tomatoes and onions are always in a couscous. You may wish to vary the proportions or add things like parnsips, chickpeas and aubergines. The only rule is no garlic, according to Brahim. I admit this couscous is light on meat, but I believe you only need a bit of meat for flavour. If you are a devoted carnivore, by all means add more.

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Serving Size (735.6 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 1391.35 Calories from Fat 326.43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36.27g 111.61%
Saturated Fat 4.45g 44.54%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 1.55mg 1.04%
Sodium 698.2mg 58.18%
Total Carbohydrate 220.74g 147.16%
Dietary Fiber 23.01 g 184.1%
Sugars 24.71 g %
Protein 45.57g 182.26%
Vitamin A 21631.01IU% Vitamin C 50.0mg%
Calcium 392.72mg% Iron 6.82mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chicken thighs, large, fresh parsley, freshly ground black pepper