Nigerian Food Nutrition


Couscous is not one of the most popular dishes in Nigeria because it is mostly eaten by a particular tribe ‘The Hausas’. Most people really don’t know much about this dish; especially people in the southwest region of Nigeria(The Yorubas). No worries! this article is here to show you how to make couscous.

This meal is not only eaten in Nigeria but also in different West Africa countries such as Mali, Senega, Togo e.t.c.  It is also eaten in other African countries such as Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt e.t.c.

How Couscous is made

I know with all I have mentioned above, you must be wondering how couscous is made. It is actually originally made from the hard part of wheat called durum;  hat part of the wheat grain that is usually difficult to grind in the millstone.  The durum wheat is then in turn grounded into semolina and later sprinkled with water and hand-rolled to form tiny round balls or small pellets. Dry flour is sprinkled to separate them and later sieved.

Any pellets that seem to be too small is hand-rolled repeatedly until it becomes couscous. Traditionally, groups of women sit together to prepare couscous by making large batches of it for several days. It is then dried in the sun and used for a period of some months.

Couscous is a healthy carbohydrate so I will advice the health-conscious and fit-fam freaks that you can substitute your traditional rice for couscous. It is very delicious and preparing it, is very easy. You must be wondering how to make couscous; this dish is prepared just like our popular’ rice the only difference is that it cooks faster than rice.

You can actually prepare meals like jollof din couscous, fried couscous, couscous with vegetable e.t.c. The only difference between this meal and other staple dishes, such as rice is that it cooks faster than the traditional rice.

Couscous has a lot of health benefits which i will discuss now and I hope after this write-up, you will have a lot of reasons to wanna try this meal

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Here are its amazing benefits

  • It is rich in selenium –Studies show that you can produce about 60 percent of selenium (which you need to stay healthy)by just consuming one cup of couscous daily. Selenium is a powerful oxidant in the body that helps to repair cells that are damaged in the body, reduces inflammation and also plays an important role in thyroid health.
  • Reduces the risk of having cancer– Some studies as also shown that foods that have a high content of selenium just like couscous can help to reduce the risk of having different types of cancer.
  • keeps the immune system functioning properly – The selenium present in couscous helps to improve the system functioning well by reducing the oxidation stress in the body.
  • Great source of protein – Couscous provides six grams of protein in one cup, this makes it a great source of a plant-based protein. Though it is considered as an incomplete protein it is still a great way of adding protein to your diet to keep your body healthy without consuming the saturated fat in animal protein. Couscous actually provides more protein than brown rice and white rice.
  • It supplies a healthy blood sugar – The presence and combination of protein and fiber in couscous makes an impact on the blood sugar which in turn reduces the risk of having type 2 diabetes.
  • It very low in fat – very low in fat, this is a type of dish that can be recommended to anyone trying to avoid fatty foods.

Couscous can be prepared in any form as mentioned above. Today I will be taking you on couscous with vegetables(this will make the dish more healthy).


2 Cups of couscous

1 medium-sized onions (chopped)


Spring onions (chopped)

4 sausages(chopped)

Green peas( you can buy the can or simply by the natural one and cook it for about 5-7 minutes)

1 cup of chicken or beef stock

1 tsp. of mixed spices

Green bell pepper

Vegetable oil for cooking

1 seasoning cube (if needed)

Salt to taste.


1. Pour your chicken or beef stock into a pot and boil on your burner for about 5 minutes, then remove from the burner. Add in your couscous and allow it to soak in the stock for about 5 minutes. When the grains have fully soaked the stock, then you fluff it with a fork.

2. Place a frying pan on a burner, add some vegetable oil to fry lightly, then add in your chopped sausages to fry for about 2 minutes, then you scoop and set aside.

3. Add the chopped vegetables(carrots, spring onions, green bell pepper) into the frying pan and stir with oil, then add in your green peas.

4. Now add in your mixed spices, seasoning cube, salt, and fried sausages, then continue to stir fry for about 2 minutes.

5. Then pour in your fluffed couscous and mix properly with the vegetables and steam it for about 2 minutes on low heat.

6. Your healthy and delicious meal is ready.

N.B- You can serve it with any protein of your choice



I hope you have learned a lot from this article on how to make couscous. Don’t forget to comment and share this article. Also, you may want to see this article we wrote on Benefits of groundnuts

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