- What Ingredient: Couscous
- Pronunciation: [koos-koos]
- Etymology: Algerian for “nourishment”
- Category: Semolina Grain
- Location in grocery store: Near rice and pasta.
Couscous is a staple dish in North Africa and the Middle-East that originates back to the 13th century. Best described as a mix between rice and pasta, couscous feels like large grains of sand and is the golden color of pasta noodles.
This grain can take on spicy seasoning or can be subtle with sweetness. Couscous dishes are served both cool or warm. Typically you will find the dish flavored by meat, seafood, vegetables, fruit, or nuts.
There are several traditional types of this grain: Israeli, Lebanese or Moroccan. Couscous offered at the grocery store is commonly the instant kind which, luckily for us, cooks very quickly.