Cou Cou


The national dish of Barbados when eaten with flying fish;loosely based on the middle eastern cous-cous but the okras make the difference!

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Provided by Sageca

Time 25m

Yield 6 serving(s)

Categories Caribbean


  • Put water to boil in a medium-size pot. Thinly slice okra and add to boiling water. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until soft. Lower the heat.
  • Meanwhile, combine corn meal with cold water and mix well.
  • Add corn mixture to the okra. Add salt.
  • Mix well and cook on low, stirring constantly with a flat wooden spoon or "cou-cou stick".
  • When mixture breaks away cleanly from the side of the saucepan, the cou-cou is ready.
  • Butter a bowl, turn the mixture out neatly onto it, shaking it so that it takes on the shape of the bowl.
  • Turn it out on to a serving dish, make an indentation in the top and place a knob of butter in it.
  • What makes it unique and distinguishes it from its now more fashionable cousin the Italian polenta, is the addition of okra. In some islands, cou-cou is spiced up by peppers and yellow-butter.
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Number Of Ingredients: 6


  • 4 okra
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Looking for a different way to serve vegetables? These tiny pasta granules act like a magnet, pulling together the flavors of the chicken broth and vitamin-rich veggies. Carrots, celery, peppers and zucchini add fresh crunch and bright color.

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Provided by Taste of Home

Time 30m

Yield 4 servings.

Categories Side Dishes


  • In a large skillet, saute the carrots, celery, onion and peppers in oil for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the next five ingredients. , Stir in couscous. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5-8 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.

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Number Of Ingredients: 13


  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup julienned sweet yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup julienned sweet red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth


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Provided by Chef floWer

Time 20m

Yield 4 serving(s)

Categories Onions


  • Heat butter in sauce pan (which has a lid).
  • Add chopped onions, stir and allow to cook until soft.
  • Stir in crushed garlic.
  • Add couscous, stir.
  • Add chicken stock, stir and bring to boil.
  • Remove off heat, cover and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in coriander or parsley.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve as a side dish.

Savoury Couscous image

Number Of Ingredients: 7


  • 30 g butter
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 -2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander or 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper

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