During the cold days of winter, getting down with the flu is so common both for ourselves and our little ones. And in those days is when our body needs some super foods to bring us back on our feet. Today we bring a recipe with couscous and star anise that is sweet and decadent and will help you heal in no time.

Star anise contains thymol, terpineol, and anethole, which is used for treating cough and the flu. Anise also helps improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea. So instead of getting a bunch of pills try this sweet couscous recipe with star anise and dried fruits. Combined with a hot cup of tea will make you feel better instantly.

Grab the ingredients and get ready to cook this healing couscous with dry fruit and star anise. We promise you will be ready to go in just 10 minutes.

  • Servings: 2 persons
  • Preparation: 10 minutes

Recipe by Simona Novarini



  • 150 ml of orange juice
  • 150 grams of Martino Couscous
  • 100 grams of dried prunes
  • 100 grams of dried figs
  • 100 grams of raisins
  • 80 grams of almonds
  • Pinch of powdered anise
  • 50 grams of honey


Hydrate the Couscous:

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, pour 150 ml of orange juice and bring to a simmer.

Turn off the heat and pour evenly 150 grams of Martino Couscous. Cover with a lid and let the couscous absorb all the orange juice slowly for about 4-5 minutes. After the necessary time, fluff the couscous with the help of a fork.

Prepare the dried fruits:

With the help of a sharp knife chop 100 grams of dried prunes and 100 grams of dried figs. You can decide on the size of the fruits based on your personal preference.

Couscous mixture:

In a large mixing bowl pour the hydrated couscous. Then add the chopped figs and prunes. Add 100 grams of raisins and 80 grams of almonds. With the help of a spoon mix everything well so that you obtain a homogenous mixture.

Add a pinch of powdered anise and 50 grams of honey. Mix again and get ready to serve.


You can use small serving bowls and fill them with this aromatic couscous mixture. Sprinkle with extra honey if needed. Place the star anise in the center and serve warm. Serve with a cup of hot tea to heal yourself and your loved ones.

Health-boosting recipe

  • Almonds will also help boost your immune system and make you stronger during the days you are feeling ill.
  • Prunes on the other hand contain many vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and antioxidants that may help reduce your risk of several chronic diseases.
  • Dried figs are high in mucilage content which helps to heal and protect from sore throats.
  • And finally couscous is rich in selenium which has a unique way of boosting the immune system.

However, you don’t have to be down with the flu to enjoy it! If you are into a sweet breakfast, add some yogurt and enjoy your star anise couscous. If you want to serve this dish as a dessert after lunch or dinner, opt for delicious vanilla ice cream. If you are into an afternoon snack go for a baked pear with a cup of tea.

You see, you can enjoy a dry fruit couscous dessert any time of the day. The recipe is easy and so versatile. Serve your whole family with this mesmerizing sweet treat that is ready to make in just 10 minutes and don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to receive all the delicious Martino’s recipes directly in your inbox!

For the adventurous, don’t miss this opportunity to add your personal touch to the dessert. Mix your nuts and dry fruits. But, seasoned with star anise the couscous dish is ideal for the cold days of winter when the flu is around. It will warm you up and make you feel a lot better. Try it with all kinds of baked fruits but don’t forget to leave a comment to tell us all about it.

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