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Nostalgic Milk and Butter Pearl Couscous

5 from 3 votes
Oshrit Abergil – @oshritabergil
Nostalgic milk and butter pearl couscous: a classic straight out of our childhood days!


  • Medium size pot


  • 1 cup pearl couscous / Israeli couscous
  • cups boiling water
  • 1 cup milk / oat milk or any other plant based milk
  • tablespoons/20 grams butter / plant based butter
  • Salt to taste


  • In a pot, bring the pearl couscous to a gentle boil in water. As the water reduces, introduce the butter and milk to the pot. Stir the mixture and let it simmer over a low heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Keep stirring from time to time.
  • Once the milk has thickened and the pearl couscous has reached a tender texture, remove the pot from the heat. For a slightly more liquid consistency, especially if desired, you can incorporate an additional ⅓ cup of milk after taking the pot off the heat. Thoroughly combine the ingredients to achieve the desired texture.
  • Serving options:
    Savory: Cottage cheese/cream cheese
    Sweet: Maple/honey and cinnamon


pearl couscous recipe
Oshrit Abergil

What is pearl couscous?

Pearl couscous, also known as Israeli couscous, holds a unique place in culinary history. Originating in Israel in the 1950s, it was developed as a response to food shortages. The innovative design of larger, pearl-like spheres set it apart from traditional couscous and offered a novel texture and taste. This innovative adaptation quickly spread to other regions, gaining popularity for its versatility and quick cooking time. Beyond its modern origins, the preparation and enjoyment of couscous date back centuries to North African and Middle Eastern cuisines, where it’s been a staple due to its simple yet satisfying nature.

How do I prevent the couscous from sticking together?

To prevent couscous from sticking together, employ a few simple techniques. While cooking, ensure to stir the couscous regularly to disperse the grains and prevent clumping. Before adding the couscous, drizzle a touch of oil in the pot to create a non-stick surface. These methods, combined with attentive stirring, will ensure that the couscous cooks evenly and maintains its desirable texture, free from unwanted clumps.

How Can I store leftovers?

Yes, you can refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, and adjust the consistency with a bit of milk if needed.

pearl couscous recipe
Oshrit Abergil

How to adjust the consistency to your liking

You have the flexibility to fine-tune the consistency to match your taste. For a richer texture, increase the milk slightly while cooking or reheating. Conversely, if a firmer consistency is desired, reduce the milk slightly. This adaptability empowers you to create your preferred version of the dish—whether you relish a velvety finish or a more distinct, textured feel.

pearl couscous recipe
Oshrit Abergil

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