Sunday, November 15, 2009

Couscous Pulao

The latest health food to catch America's craze is Couscous.They have started using it in salads, stuffings and lot many ways. Also this ingredient was a lot discussed upon between me and my friend Ramya of Susvaad in many of our health food conversations .So I was also very curious about it and wanted to try it out.Exactly at one of these times my friend told me that she had tried one version of the couscous and that it turned out good. Given this assurance by her I went ahead and bought myself a pack of Couscous and tried this recipe out. Turned out to be a variation of our very own rava but more bigger in size and has more texture. Can be very easily used in pulao or upma without being very mushy or clumpy .This dish can be a one dish meal too. It has no fat or cholestrol so it is considered to be among healthy foods. It comes in prepackaged versions which cooks in 5 minutes so these dishes can be prepared in a jiffy.

250 gm /10 oz couscous
1 1/2 cups of mixed vegetables of your choice
(I generally use mixed peppers/capsicums, peas, edamame(soy beans),broccoli,onion,tomato,carrots,beans etc as in a pulao. You could use anything you have on hand).
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp dry basil
1 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika/red chilli powder
pepper powder to taste
salt to taste

In a large bowl boil 2 cups of water and to it add the pack of couscous. Also add to it 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil or butter.
Cover the bowl and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Fluff the couscous lightly with a fork and drain any excess water from it.
In a pan or wok heat a little olive oil and temper it with cumin seeds and when they crackle add to it the basil leaves.
Then add to it the crushed garlic and onion and saute it till the onions turn pink in colour. Then add to it the tomatoes and saute for a min and add the rest of the vegetables you are using and stir fry them on a high flame till the vegetables are tender but crisp and firm adding salt as required and the rest of the ingredients.
To this add the couscous and gently mix everything . Serve it hot with raita or chips or papad.

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