Couscous With Caramelized Onions & Toasted Almonds

My older sister, Liraz, gave me the recipe. I love how she makes it but she lives 6,745 miles away from me. God knows, when will I be able to fly again. This is a great side dish. The other day we had it for lunch with roasted smoked cauliflower, simple kohlrabi & cucumber salad, lemony tahini and schoog (or harissa). Light meal but filling and fulfilling.

Couscous with caramelized onions & toasted almonds

Sweet and savory Moroccan style side.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Keyword: Dairy-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Author: Shelly
Cost: 5


For the caramelized onion:

  • 3 tablespoons avocado or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion or 2 small ones
  • ½ teaspoon baharat
  • salt

For the couscous:

  • 2 cups vegetable stock - I used organic store-bought
  • 2 cups couscous - I used whole-wheat couscous
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

To serve with:

  • Handful toasted almonds - chopped
  • Handful raisins - optional (Organic Thompson raisins for example)


  • Caramelized onion: peel and slice the onion. Pour the oil into a skillet and warm it over medium heat. Put the onion, baharat and salt in, and lower the heat to medium high. Fry until golden brown. Remove from the heat and set a side.
  • Couscous: put the vegetable stock, olive oil and salt in a medium-large pot over high heat and bring into a boil. Once it's boiled, remove from the heat and immediately pour in the couscous grains and Quickly stir and cover with a clean kitchen towel for 5 minutes. When the timer is done, uncover and stir the grains with a fork to separate. Cover again for 5 minutes.
  • Serve the couscous a large serving dish. Put the caramelized onions over it, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle the chopped almonds and raisins, and serve.

To toast the almonds: put them on a baking tray at 350°F/180°C preheated oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes.

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