Taste the World - Algeria - Sweet Couscous Dessert


*Official name: People's Democratic Republic of Algeria *Motto: 'By the people and for the people' *Capital: Algiers *Official Language: Arabic *Other Languages: Berber, French *Religion: Sunni Islam*Government: Unitary semi-presidential Islamic Republic *Area: 919,595 sq mi  *Population: (2015 estimate) 39,500,000*Currency: Dinar (DZD) *Time Zone: CET*Drives on the: right  *International code: .dz(data from Wikipedia)

For Algeria, I've made this incredibly simple yet delicious recipe for desert couscous. Buttery and seasoned deliciously, it tastes much better than couscous has any right to taste.


Sweet Couscous Dessert


  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons couscous

  • ⅔ cup warm water

  • ⅔ cup fresh dates

  • ⅔ cup ready-to-eat prunes

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground

  • Rose petals, to decorate (optional)


  1. Place the couscous in a bowl and cover with ⅔ cup warm water. Leave 15 minutes to plump up.

  2. Halve each date lengthwise, remove the seed and cut into 4 pieces. Roughly chop the prunes.

  3. Fluff up the grains of couscous with a fork, then place in a cheesecloth-lined sieve and steam over simmering water for 15 minutes until hot. Transfer to a bowl and fluff up again with a fork. Add the melted butter, sugar, dates, and prunes.

  4. Pile the couscous into a cone shape in a serving dish. Mix the cinnamon and nutmeg together and sprinkle over couscous. Serve decorated with rose petals, if desired.