Couscous with dried fruits

dried fruits

1 cup of couscous

1 ½ cup of vegetable stock

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon chopped mint

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 theespoon ground cinnamon

2 theespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons  ras el-hanout

1 tablespoon raisins (dark and/or light)

5 dried apricots

Pepper and salt

Cut the apricots icouscousn the same size as the raisins. Put the raisins and apricots in warm water and let them well up.

Put the couscous in a shallow bowl and pour hot vegetable stock on it. The vegetable stock should be 3 mm above the couscous. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic and put aside for about 10 minutes.  Taste the couscous to check if it has the right texture. It should be dry but soft, not crunchy and definitely not soggy. When you have the right texture, work it with a fork until there are no lumps in it anymore. Add the spices, the herbs, the apricots and the raisins and mix well. You can decorate it with some more dried fruits, cinnamon and herbs.

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