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Carrot Raisin Couscous

Golden raisins add 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


  • 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


  • In a small saucepan, heat wine until hot. In a small bowl, soak raisins in wine for 5 minutes. Drain raisins, reserving wine.
  • 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 each of the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.
  • In a small skillet, saute carrots in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Combine sugar, molasses, reserved wine and the remaining salt and pepper. Stir into carrots; heat through.
  • In a large bowl, combine couscous mixture and carrots; toss to combine.
Nutrition 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.

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  • tallteach
    Mar 23, 2013

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  • KT556
    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
    Mar 21, 2013

    how many cups is 10 ounces

  • BCRN
    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!

  • mrs.rocky
    Mar 19, 2013

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  • fosterfam35
    Mar 19, 2013

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  • saeeda
    Mar 19, 2013

    like this reciepe but explain me what is chicken broth,

  • Barbara Rocco
    Mar 18, 2013

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  • CostumeLady
    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
    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.