Pearl couscous

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 4

From Hairy Bikers – Chicken & Egg


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 200g/7oz large pearl couscous
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 large bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of sumac (optional)


  1. Put a tablespoon of the oil in a saucepan and add the couscous. Fry for a couple of minutes until the couscous smells toasted, then cover generously with salted water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until the couscous is just tender.

  2. Using a colander or sieve, drain the couscous and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the red onion, lemon zest and herbs. Whisk the remaining tablespoon of oil with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the couscous and, if using, sprinkle the sumac over the couscous. Mix well and serve hot or cold.

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