Saturday, August 27, 2011

Spicy Couscous With Vegetables

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.
Be Happy And Stay Healthy.



Anonymous said...

This looks fresh and delicious. Great post!

Deeksha said...

Love this healthy and colorful salad. Will definitely try.

My Little Space said...

Su, you've just tempted me to make some cous cous. There's still a pkt of cous cous lying in my pantry. Love your idea. Hope you're enjoying your evening.

Parsley Sage said...

Couscous! Very yummy :) I bet that flavor is out of control!

aipi said...

Love the flavors in there. It is dinner time here and I only wish I can have that platter of couscous and free myself of cooking.
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Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely couscous! That is something I like eating.



Sunshine And Smile said...

i like couscous too but have no idea what is the hindi name or the benagli name for it. Ideally when you cook couscous you shouldn't drain water. You should give enough water so that the couscous soaks the water and gets cooked :) I have a recipe in my blog that you can refer :)

Anonymous said...

Such a flavorful couscous with all the wonderful spices here!

Now Serving said...

Super healthy and yummy couscous :)