Carrot Raisin Couscous Recipe
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Carrot Raisin Couscous Recipe

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The addition of golden raisins adds a slightly sweet flavor to this unique side dish featuring both couscous and carrots.—Jordan Sucher, Brooklyn, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1/3 cup port wine or chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) couscous
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 188 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 277mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, heat wine until hot. In a small bowl, soak raisins in wine for 5 minutes. Drain raisins, reserving wine.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute onion in 1 tablespoon oil until tender. Stir in couscous. Cook and stir until lightly browned. Stir in the broth, raisins and half of the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.
  3. In a small skillet, saute carrots in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Combine the sugar, molasses, reserved wine and the remaining salt and pepper. Stir into carrots; heat through.
  4. In a large bowl, combine couscous mixture and carrots; toss to combine. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Carrot Raisin Couscous in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p70

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KT556 User ID: 5658936 113259
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"MULLENPM: The 3/4 CUP PER SERVING count is 188 calories, and 32 grams carbohydrate -- eg 3 CARB servings -- NO DIVIDING BY 10 -- it's already been done!"

laurasingerj User ID: 6109508 105033
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"how many cups is 10 ounces"

BCRN User ID: 4930168 113995
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"Good but not great. Lived in Morocco and know really good couscous.

However, really getting tired of nitpicking with calorie and diabetic exchange counts.
Make or don't make but please review first and take in to account this is not a dietary site. It is a recipe exchange!"

saeeda User ID: 7177354 98319
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"like this reciepe but explain me what is chicken broth


CostumeLady User ID: 2949060 113258
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"I have not yet made this recipe but I am a nurse an, mullepm, when you divide the carbs into 10 sevings, that 143 calories and 37 carbs turn into 14.3 calories and 3.7 carbs worth of content per serving of raisins and a teaspoon of molasses plus a tablespoon of sugar comes to very little of either when divided by 10. I am assuming you did not intend to eat this entire recipe alone."

mullenpm User ID: 749523 182364
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"I forgot to mention that in addition to the sugar and molasses - 1/3 cup of golden raisins has 37+ carbs and 143 calories alone. This is a very high calorie recipe."

mullenpm User ID: 749523 179941
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"There is no way that a reicpe that calls for a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of molasses is diabetic friendly. I am surprised that ToH would so call it."

FlightieFlute User ID: 4227855 122881
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"This is an awesome side dish and I will definetly make it again!"

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