I first watched a delicious Moroccan couscous recipe on TLC. From then I was looking for this ingredients but the grocery store in my town have never come across this word and I am not getting the perfect Bengali name for this , so I was unable to cook couscous. Then my maid came to help, the other day I was surfing the net and she saw some pics of couscous recipe and she gave me the proper Bengali name for couscous. She brought couscous from local grocery store . I can’t wait to cook them so I started with whatever veggies are there in my freezer. It was for the first time I am cooking couscous so maybe I make a mistake, it is slightly overcooked but then also it turned out awesomely delicious . Now couscous will be in my fav list as it provides plenty of taste and nourishment for a perfect meal. Let me share the experience of my first date with couscous.
Couscous 1 cup Clove 3 Cinnamon 1/2 inch Cardamom 2 crushed Asafetida 1 pinch Water 2 1/2 cup Butternut squash 1 cup cubed Cauliflower 6 to 8 florets Green bell pepper 1 /2 cup cubed Tomato 1 diced Whole cumin seed ½ teaspoon Cumin powder ½ teaspoon Onion 1 finely chopped Garlic 3 clove chopped Ginger ½ teaspoon chopped Lemon zest ½ teaspoon Juice of lemon Garam masala powder 2 pinch (optional) Clarified butter ½ teaspoon (optional) Chilly sauce 1 teaspoon (optional) Sugar ½ teaspoon Vegetable oil 2 table spoon Fresh dill leaves 1 teaspoon chopped Salt and pepper to taste
Boil water with pinch of salt cardamom , cinnamon, clove and asafetida. Put off the flame soak couscous ,cover the pan for 5 to 10 minutes . Drain well. On another pan heat oil add the cumin seed. As the seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Stir and then add the cubed the butternut squash and cauliflower florets. Stir and cook with lid on for few minutes until the get little tender then add tomatoes, bell pepper, cumin powder, garam masala powder and clarified butter (if using). Stir and cook for a minute. Now add cooked couscous, add sugar, lemon zest and chilly sauce(you can use harisha sauce instead or skip the both). Mix well adjust seasoning. Put off the flame then add the lemon juice mix well. Then garnish with fresh chopped dill leaves. Spicy couscous with vegetables in my style is ready to serve. I am sure you all will love it. Give spicy couscous a try and let me know.