This Indian Couscous recipe is fast and easy to prepare and has plenty of flavor for all the Indian food lovers at your dinner table.
Some nights, you just need to get dinner on the table fast, and yet you still want something a little different then a plain ol’ salad (the world’s healthiest “fast food” in my humble opinion).
I found myself in just such a situation recently, and this recipe was the result. This makes a wonderful side dish for chicken, or a fabulous vegetarian/vegan main meal. The beans and couscous make a complete protein, so any way you eat this, it’s a pretty balanced meal (just add a few greens…)!
WHAT IS COUSCOUS?
Couscous is pasta! Most people think it’s an exotic grain, but it’s not. It’s simply pasta cut very, very small to look like a grain. Because of this, it’s treated like a grain when paired with other ingredients. Like other pastas, it comes in two ways. Made with white wheat or whole wheat. This recipe uses the latter.
HOW DO YOU MAKE COUSCOUS?
Couscous is incredibly easy to make. While each package may have it’s own set of instructions, it’s pretty similar to making rice. Only, with the packages I’ve purchased so far, you don’t have to actually boil the couscous. You just boil the water, add the couscous, turn off the heat, cover the pot and let it sit. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
WHAT TO MAKE WITH COUSCOUS
Pairings for couscous are about as varied as the number of ingredients you can add to couscous. Think of it as a grain when considering pairings. It will pair with any type of meat or fish. It’s great mixed as a salad with additions such as vegetable or small pieces of meat or beans. The more important thing is to consider what you are flavoring your couscous with. That will be more important for pairings than the couscous itself. In the case of this Indian couscous recipe, it would go super well with a Tandoori chicken, some Naan and maybe a salad or some lentils.
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INDIAN COUSCOUS RECIPE:
- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (no sugar added)
- 15 oz. can light coconut milk
- 15 oz. can chickpeas (drained/rinsed, no sugar added)
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups dry whole wheat couscous
- Combine everything in a large pot EXCEPT the couscous.
- Stirring frequently, bring the mixture to a soft boil.
- Stir in couscous and immediately remove the pot from heat and cover with a lid.
- Let sit for 15 minutes, then stir, cool slightly and serve.