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Whenever I tell someone MarocBaba is Moroccan, the conversation almost always ends up on couscous.  Even for people who have little knowledge about the country they know this dish.

It’s one of my favorite dishes (especially vegetable couscous) too but not so for MarocBaba.  He never really liked it growing up and since he has been diagnosed with celiac disease he couldn’t eat it.  I’ve seen a lot of swaps for the traditional grains.  Large balls, sometimes called Israeli couscous, rice, corn grits and now there’s one more option – rice couscous!

I thought it was too good to be true but Lundberg Farms has a rice couscous! (They really have a lot of different flavors but I’m partial to the straight no-flavor kind).

Most couscous sold in US supermarkets is marketed as instant. All you have to do is boil it in some water and let it steam for 5-10 minutes and voila you have couscous.  This is not the Moroccan way.  If you’re in a bind, that way works but if you really want fluffy delicious couscous grains the traditional way is the only way.

I wasn’t sure how this rice couscous was going to hold up to traditional steaming methods but I was very happy with the results!  The best part – MarocBaba loved it AND he thought it was real couscous.  He was so sure it was real couscous I had to show him the box to prove it was made from rice.  There were very few leftovers from this meal.

Lamb and Vegetable Rice Couscous

Lamb and Vegetable Rice Couscous


  • 1 box Rice Couscous
  • salt water (plenty)
  • 1/2 - 1 lb of lamb - any cut works
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 serano pepper
  • 1 potato
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 squash (your choice butternut or acorn work best)
  • 1 medium onion diced finely
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ginger (fresh if you have it)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic
  • small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, wrapped in twine
  • water or vegetable broth


  1. I use a couscousierre to make this dish. The directions will be written for this cooking method.
  2. Peel and quarter all of your vegetables. You can leave the skin on the zucchini and squash if you like.
  3. In the bottom of the couscousierre, add the lamb, potato, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, tomato, serano pepper, squash and onion.
  4. Add enough liquid (water or broth) to cover the vegetables.
  5. Mix in all of the spices, and drop in the parsley bouquet.
  6. Turn the stove on medium high heat until it boils, and then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  7. Before steaming the couscous for the first time, spread the grains out in a large bowl and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salt water. Separate the grains with your fingers as much as possible. You may need to add more water, they really should be quite damp but not dripping liquid.
  8. Transfer the couscous to the top of the couscousierre and turn the stove temperature to high. Cover the top of the pot with a lid and leave alone for about 20 minutes.
  9. After 20 minutes, check the grains. If they feel dry then remove and pour back into the bowl you originally used. Add more of the salt water and continue the process the same way you did the first time, taking care to separate the grains as much as possible.
  10. Just as with traditional couscous you will steam and wet the grains 3 times.
  11. Before the third steaming, add the zucchini and chickpeas to the bottom. At this time check the liquid levels and add more if it is getting low.
  12. When the final steaming is complete, remove the top of the couscousierre and dump the grains onto a large serving plate. Separate the grains as much as possible.
  13. Use a large slotted spoon to remove the meat and vegetables and arrange on top of the couscous.
  14. Pour 1/2 of the remaining liquid over the top of the dish.
  15. Place the remaining liquid into smaller bowls so that those eating can add extra liquid to their liking.
  16. Serve with large spoons for eating!

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  • 6:24 pm

    Hi Amanda, I got my Lundberg Farms gift basket this week! Hooray! Just checking – do I absolutely have to have a couscousierre to make this recipe. Alas, I don’t have one. Any work-arounds – other pans I can use?

      • 3:14 am

        Okay, thanks, Amanda. I know what we’re having for dinner tomorrow. 😉

  • 3:54 am

    Wow, I’m so surprised and delighted to learn that I won the Lundberg Farms gift basket! With the recent blizzard here in the northeast, my family’s really been craving comfort foods. And I’ve been wanting to make couscous for a while but couldn’t because my husband can only eat gluten-free foods. So excited to try your lamb and veggie recipe, Amanda!

  • Linda S.

    6:13 pm

    I just started using the larger Israeli couscous, but had never heard of rice couscous. I like the quality of Lundberg products; there’s a great rice blend that I used to add shrimp to to make a great salad.

  • Johanna

    3:19 am

    my boys love lamb shaks and couscous 🙂

  • 1:46 am

    I love the idea of rice couscous. My moroccan husband loves couscous and we usually visit our moroccan friends to have it. I can’t wait to try making it myself with this version!

  • A.Haulcy

    11:32 pm

    I’d make some couscous Mauritanian style yummy! Lamb lots of veggies, raisins,date, and couscous of course!

  • Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    7:50 pm

    I’d love to make a cold chicken salad with it!

  • 7:41 pm

    We would make traditional cous cous I especially love it with chicken, pumpkin, sweet potatoes with onion and raisin sauce on top! Yum!

  • 2:10 am

    I love couscous, but my husband is not a fan. He does love rice though, so now I need to find this and give it a try! I am always looking for new grains to add variety to dinner.

  • Donna L

    4:47 am

    I would make bbq chicken breast with steamed broccoli and cheddar cheese couscous.

  • 3:15 am

    Hmm, I think I would make a “traditional” couscous with dates and pine nuts like I had when I last visited Morocco. But first I think I need to buy a couscousierre (or at least, learn how to pronounce it.) 🙂 Seriously, Amanda, I’m very excited to try your lamb and vegetable rice couscous recipe.

  • Jill Hartley

    8:15 pm

    I would love to make a couscous with mushrooms!!!! YUMMY!

  • Ray

    7:07 pm

    I would make a chicken and broccoli couscous casserole with cheddar cheese!

  • Sheila K.

    6:50 pm

    I would make a ground turkey breast, chickpea, rice, and cheese casserole!

  • 5:03 pm

    Lamb AND gluten-free couscous?! This is just too good to be true! Your recipe sounds heavenly Amanda. I was so excited to catch your tweet earlier in the week about Lundberg’s couscous. When I went gluten-free, I had to give up a lot of my fave recipes. And like you, I found past gfree options less than inspiring. So excited to get back to cooking cous cous-y deliciousness. 🙂


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