Quick and Easy Vegetarian Couscous Pilaf Recipe Video


Preparation Time5 MinCooking Time10 Min
Ready In15 MinDifficulty LevelVery Easy
Health IndexHealthyServings4
Main IngredientInterest Group


 Instant couscous2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Vegetable bouillon cube1
 Ground cloves1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Ground cinnamon1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Ground allspice1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Seven spice1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Ground coriander seeds1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Ground ginger1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Couscous2 Cup (32 tbs) (Instant Couscous)
 Fresh parsley3 Tablespoon, chopped
 Almonds1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), sliced
 Pine nuts1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
 Golden raisins1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Green peas1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Carrots1 Cup (16 tbs), shredded
 Bouillon cube1 (Vegetable Bouillon Cube)
 Butter5 Tablespoon
 Salt1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Olive oil3 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1266 Calories from Fat 369

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 43 g65.7%

Saturated Fat 12.6 g63.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 40.4 mg

Sodium 1243.7 mg51.8%

Total Carbohydrates 192 g63.9%

Dietary Fiber 17.1 g68.3%

Sugars 29.3 g

Protein 33 g65.9%

Vitamin A 141% Vitamin C 56.2%

Calcium 16% Iron 30.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a large pot on medium heat, add olive oil, pine nuts and almonds, stir and let brown for 2-3 minutes.
2. Next, add peas, carrots, raisins, water and veggie bouillon and cook for 3 minutes or until it comes up to a slight boil. 3. Next add salt, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, cloves, allspice, seven spices, 2 tablespoons butter and parsley, let cook for 3-5 minutes.
4. Then, stir in the couscous, 3 tablespoons butter and cook for 3 minutes
5. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff up with a fork, then cover again and let sit for another 5 minutes.

6. Garnish with parsley leaves and serve with a spicy red sauce or yogurt. It also goes great with roast or chicken.

Editors Review

This quick versatile side dish pairs well with most any entrée. A bit different from the traditional couscous this pilaf-style couscous recipe is studded with raisins, chopped almonds and herbs and flavored with hearty spices that give it a unique flavor. It's savory, sweet, nutty and spicy all in one. If you like North-African and Mediterranean flavors try this easy vegetarian couscous with raisins pilaf.