Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins

This Moroccan Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins is a great alternative when you are getting tired of pasta or rice. Serve it as a side dish for a tagine or any other savory stew.

Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins

We can hardly call this Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins a recipe but I thought I would share it with you anyway because it’s the perfect side dish to the Lamb Tagine with Apricots I posted last week.

Seriously, these two dishes really are complementary: the chickpea and raisin-studded couscous is the best way to soak up all the yummy sauce from the lamb tagine. If you don’t feel like trying my tagine (but really guys, you should!), this Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins would actually be great with any meat or vegetables with sauce, like Indian curry.

Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins

The following has nothing to do with this awesome couscous recipe, tagine or food, but I’m really excited to tell you! We finally found an apartment!! We’ll be living in Darlinghurst, a lively and lovely area of Sydney, close to center city and from Solal’s work. (If you don’t understand why I’m talking about Sydney, check this article, where I explain everything.)

It actually took me 2 weeks to find an apartment and at least 15 inspections (maybe more, but I’ve seen so many units, I don’t even remember). Long story short, it was either because I didn’t like the apartment or because I never heard back from the property manager.

Anyway, now it’s over, and that’s a good thing because I was starting to get really fed up about all this, and really stressed (we only have the current apartment until the end of the month). Now begins my favorite part: moving in! It’s an unfurnished unit so we’ll have to pay one or two visits to the local Ikea. Can’t wait, I’m an Ikea fan!

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Have a beautiful week everyone and make sure to try this simple recipe for Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins. It’s got protein from the chickpeas, carbs from the couscous and even fruit! What else can you possibly hope for in a side dish, right?

Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins

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Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins served in a white bowl on a yellow napkin
5 from 1 vote

Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins

 This Moroccan Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins is a great alternative when you are getting tired of pasta or rice. Serve it with tagine or any other savory stew. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword coucous, easy, Morrocan, side dish, simple, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 314 kcal


  • 1/2 cup raisins or more to taste
  • 2 cups uncooked couscous
  • 2 cups boiling hot water
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas


  1. In a bowl, soak raisins in hot water. In a saucepan add water and salt, and bring to a boil.
  2. Place couscous in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over it and cover immediately with a lid (or a plate) to fluff up the couscous. Let it completely soak up the water (5 to 10 minutes). Add butter and mix with a fork to separate the grains.
  3. Drain raisins. Add raisins and chickpeas to couscous, and mix well to combine.
  4. Serve immediately (it cools down very quickly).
Nutrition Facts
Couscous with Chickpeas and Raisins
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th)
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Potassium 274mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. I have been on the lookout for a nice side dish to go with tagines and hearty stews! Studded with all those sweet little raisins, this is perfect for fall and winter!

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