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My Favorite Pulse Dish: Lentils Couscous

Pulse dish 2- hapsa

The Lentils Couscous is a traditional Fulani dish that I transformed. Usually it is cooked with pearl millet, but I wanted to try a different type of cereal and I liked it so much that I now cook it using barley couscous more often. For my choice of pulses, lentils are a personal favorite and any excuse is good to add them to a meal!


50gr Lentils
2 onions
2 tomatos
4 garlics
150gr barley
100gr barley couscous


Chop the garlic, the onions and the tomatoes, then sauté the mix in a teaspoon of vegetable oil with salt and pepper.

In the meantime boil some water with a little salt in which you will add the lentils (pour the water until it just covers the lentils) and let rest. If you’d like extra spice, add a hot pepper.

Happily mix the two preparations!

The Lentils Couscous is a side dish which can be eaten with your choice of main, I suggest ribs!

Hapsa Dia

At Emerging, Hapsa deals with strategy development and stakeholder engagement planning and tracking. She engages in training and capacity building efforts around crisis management and strategic communications for specific clients, and also supports the team with general communication and content development. Hapsa has exeperience managing several projects from brand auditing to writing for a French parliament journal and also lobbying for media liberalization in Mauritania. With an interest to make a difference on key development issues, Hapsa created a development magazine with the support of UNDP and UNFPA. Hapsa currently volunteers for “Santé sans frontières” a Mauritanian NGO aiming to raise awareness about key public health issues particularly on how to prevent Malaria and HIV in exposed populations.

Hapsa studied Materials Sciences and Applied Physics at the University of Orleans. As her interest in development grew, she went to Paris where she graduated with a Master degree in Public Affairs at Inseec Business School Paris and London College of Communication. Currently based in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Hapsa is fluent in French, English, Fulani and Wolof.

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