April 01, 2008

Vegetable Couscous

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I have been gone for a while! I was traveling and needed some time to catch my breath. Once back home, I was in the mood for something light and comforting, just like the feeling of home, something to eat while I relax and catch up on news and television shows.


Recently, a friend recommended By the Pound. Located in S. Main street, the market has the a great selection of nuts, spices, bulk pasta, lentils, coffee, tea even olive oil and local honey. We splurged and picked up couscous, brown rice, pasta, honey, nuts, and much more…

I used the couscous for a simple vegetable couscous and served it with okra raita. What can I say? I love coming home to such delicious meals :)


Ingredients:

Vegetables

1 small onion- finely chopped

1 garlic clove - minced

1/2 red pepper - chopped

1/2 small broccoli – chopped

4-5 brussel sprouts

½ cup frozen mixed vegetables (I used beans, peas, corn and carrot mix)

1/4 tspoon cumin seeds

1/2 tspoon cumin powder

1/4 tspoon chilli powder

1/4 cup chick peas

1 tbspoon olive oil

2/3 cup water

Salt to taste


Couscous

1 ¼ cup water

1 tspoon butter

1 cup couscous

Bunch of fresh cilantro for garnish

Method:
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Temper with cumin seeds, then add onion and garlic to pan, and saute until it starts to turn brown.

Add all the vegetables and let it cook for 2-3 min, then add salt, cumin, chilli powder, and water.

Bring to a boil and then let it simmer on low heat and closed lid for 7-8 minutes till the water disappears.

Add the chickpeas and cook for another couple of minutes till everything cooks and mixes well.

For couscous:

In a large saucepan, heat butter and lightly sauté couscous. Remove from heat.

Boil the water and then add it to the couscous. Cover and let it sit for 10-12 min.

For serving, you can serve couscous on a plate and top with vegetables. I like to mix it together before serving.

Garnish with cilantro and serve.

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Since this has garlic, it's my entry to JFI: Garlic hosted by Mathy at Virundhu. JFI was started by Indira of Mahanandi.

22 comments:

  1. couscous is so versatile. good one :)

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  2. nutritious, wholesome and comforting...what more can be asked of a meal?? looks good....err... can you post the recipe for okra raita too??

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  3. That is one delicious looking plate....

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  4. Ramya8:18 AM

    That looks so yummy. Will try it for sure :)

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  5. hey hi mandira!! have been visiting your blog for sometime and i have started loving it.the veg couscous is a nice and healthy recipe:)

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  6. I know what you mean, cooked some couscous recently with black eyed peas and it was delicious. Yours looks doubly delicious with the okra raitha.

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  7. Hi, U HAVE GOT A NICE BLOG! GOOD RCEIPES

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  8. What a delicious and nutritious dish! Nice one! :)

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  9. the color of the couscous is so appetizing... and i like the way you plated it :)

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  10. Couscous with veg looks delicous

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  11. The veg couscous looks colorful and delish mandira..:D

    Siri

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  12. Well plated Mandira, looks gr8! :)

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  13. This looks delicious Mandira, and a wonderfully wholesome and healthier change to a regular rice-based pulao. Perfect for a busy weeknight!

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  14. Aswin: Wow! What a great site. Beautiful pictures! I didn't know you cooked. Sisterdoc.

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  15. I love your blog, the colors are so tranquil and the food looks awesome!

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  16. Beautiful meal, Mandira! Love the pairing of coucous upma with okra raita!

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  17. the first pic looks like such a warm comfort

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  18. thanks Nags, Smn, Ramya, Anjali, Kalai, Alpa,Cham, Jayashree, Siri, Namratha, Meeso, Musical, Sandeepa . We enjoyed the combination too! It was exactly what we needed :)

    Arundati - will post the recipe for okra raita too... it's really simple.

    Thanks Saswati and welcome to ahaar. I hope you will visit often.

    ISG saw your combination, am sure to try it soon!

    meena thank you, a warm plate of this couscous during the weeknight is bound to make my day!

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  19. Mandira, this is such an eye opener, I have never thought of using couscous this way before. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. that looks soo deleciouss mandhira

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  21. mandira
    Ekhono shomoy ache. tumi post koro RCI er janya

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