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Video:Quick Tip: What is Couscous?

with Hamid Idrissi

Couscous is a staple of Moroccan cuisine and can be a delicious addition to your next lunch or dinner. Learn more about couscous in this quick tips video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: What is Couscous?

Hi. I'm Chef Hamid Idrissi chef/owner of the Tagine Dining Gallery in New York for About.com. Here is a quick tip about couscous.

What Is Couscous?

Couscous is a very important dish in Moroccan cuisine. Couscous is made from semolina, which is a very common flour in Morocco. Commonly, with couscous made in America, it is added to boiling water in a bowl and just covered for about 5 minutes. If you do that in Morocco they will laugh at you.

Traditional Method of Making Couscous

In Morocco, the couscous is steamed with a couscoussier. We steam the couscous for about 10 minutes until the steam penetrates the whole grain, then we fluff it and steam it again for a total of 3 times before serving. Most of the time saffron or turmeric is added to enhance its color and also to give it that aroma.

Tips for Serving Couscous

Then the couscous can be topped by your favorite dish. You can have vegetables, or lamb, or chicken, beef, or fish. Thank you for watching. To learn more, please visit About.com.

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