One Pot Moroccan Couscous Vegan Recipe

moroccan couscous vegan recipe

One Pot Moroccan Couscous is a delightful vegan recipe featuring the richness of chickpeas. This flavorful dish, combining the earthiness of turmeric, the warmth of cinnamon, and the aromatic cumin, is not only a culinary delight but also a nutritional powerhouse. If you are a fan of one-pot recipes you can check out my collection of One Pot Vegan Meals here.

Ingredients & Substitutions

To create this One Pot Moroccan Couscous recipe, gather the following ingredients in the specified quantities:

  • Whole grain instant couscous
  • Yellow onion, finely diced
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Slivered almonds
  • Raisins
  • Chickpeas
  • Flat leaf parsley
  • Lemon juice and 1 tbsp of the zest

Maple Tahini Dressing (optional, see notes below):

  • Tahini
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Salt & pepper
  • Water to adjust consistency if needed

Helpful Tools

Ensure you have the following tools on hand for a seamless cooking experience:

  • Dutch oven or large pot
  • Olive oil
  • Mason jar for dressing preparation
  • Stirring utensils
  • Chopping board and knife

How To Make This One Pot Moroccan Couscous Vegan Recipe

In a dutch oven or large pot on medium heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and the diced onion. Fry for 3 mins.

frying onions

Add turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon; toast for 1 min. Stir in chickpeas and continue for another minute.

toasting spices in dutch oven

Pour in vegetable broth, bring to a boil. Add instant couscous, stir, and remove from heat.

chickpeas cooking in dutch oven

Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

couscous cooking in dutch oven

Prepare the optional maple tahini dressing by combining all ingredients in a mason jar and shaking to combine.

moroccan couscous ingredients in dutch oven

Remove the lid, stir in raisins, parsley, almonds, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

moroccan couscous recipe

Serve as is or top with tahini dressing and arugula if desired. Enjoy!

moroccan couscous vegan recipe

Notes: The tahini dressing is optional, providing a saucier texture.

Tips & Tricks

  • Customize with additional veggies or herbs for a personal touch.
  • Adjust spice levels according to preference.
  • Experiment with different nuts or dried fruits for varied textures.


Can I skip the tahini dressing?

Absolutely! Althought it is highly reccomended. The dish is delicious on its own.

Can I use regular couscous instead of whole grain?

Yes, feel free to make that substitution.

Can I make it ahead of time?

Yes, it reheats well. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

moroccan couscous vegan recipe

One Pot Moroccan Couscous Recipe Vegan with Chickpeas

Delight in the exotic blend of spices with One Pot Moroccan Couscous, a vegan masterpiece featuring chickpeas, nuts, and raisins. Quick, easy, and oh-so-flavorful!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch, Main, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean, Moroccan
Servings 4


One Pot Couscous

  • 1 cup whole grain instant couscous
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cup slivered almonds
  • cup raisins
  • 1 19oz can rinsed and drained chickpeas
  • ½ bunch chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ½ lemon juice, and 1 tbsp of the zest

Maple Tahini Dressing (optional, see notes below)

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of each salt & pepper
  • water to adjust consistency if needed


  • In a dutch oven or large pot on medium heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and the diced onion. Fry for 3 mins.
  • Next, add in turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and toast the spices for 1 min, stirring constantly. Add in the chickpeas and stir constantly for another minute. Careful not to burn the spices.
  • Add in vegetable broth, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling add in the instant couscous, stir and remove the pot from heat.
  • Cover the pot with the lid, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the maple tahini dressing if adding by combining all dressing ingredients into a mason jar and shaking to combine.
  • Remove the lid from the couscous pot, and stir in raisins, chopped parsley, slivered almonds, salt, pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • Serve it as is, or top with a drizzle of tahini dressing and a handful of arugula if desired. Enjoy!


The tahini dressing is totally optional. This one pot Moroccan couscous is so delicious just as is without the dressing, but has a dryer texture. If you would like to have it with a bit of a sauce, just make the maple tahini dressing and drizzle a little overtop. 
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Conclusion: One Pot Moroccan Couscous

One Pot Moroccan Couscous is simple and comes together in under 15 minutes, yet an exotic dish that promises a burst of flavors. Embrace the ease of preparation and the joy of savoring a delightful vegan meal that caters to diverse palates.

4 thoughts on “One Pot Moroccan Couscous Vegan Recipe

  1. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    Wow this was soooo quick to make and so delicious thanks for all the detailed instructions I will be making this one again!!

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and found it quick to make. Looking forward to sharing more delicious ideas with you soon!

  2. Aria says:

    5 stars
    This Couscous recipe was delicious!

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