Recipe by pattikay in L.A.
A nicely flavored couscous from The New Vegetarian Epicure. Posted for ZWT III, North Africa and the Middle East.
Top Review by I'mPat
What wonderful flavour the sauce imparted to the plain couscous. I made ahead and added the lime at the last moment, I scaled it back to use 2/3 cup couscous as I usually find this perfect as a side for 3 of us but we were all wishing there was more, so will have to up the quantity in the future. Thank you pattikay, made for I Recommend.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed, lightly toasted and ground
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups light vegetable broth
- 3 small tomatoes, peeled and pureed
- 1⁄3 cup dried currant
- 1 -2 tablespoon lemon juice (lime may be used instead)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups couscous
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat olive oil in a non stick pan and cook the chopped onion and garlic in it till the onion is soft and translucent.
- Stir in the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne and paprika.
- Continue stirring over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then add vegetable broth, tomato puree and currants.
- Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.
- Remove the sauce from heat and stir in fresh lemon (or lime) juice to your taste.
- If not using immediately and planning to reheat before serving, wait to add citrus juice at the last minute.
- To cook the couscous, heat the broth, water, butter and salt together in a medium skillet till the liquid boils.
- Reduce to a simmer, add the couscous, cover the skillet tightly and leave on the lowest heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat an leave it covered for another couple of minutes before fluffing with a fork.
- (If using instant couscous, check package directions - you may not need to keep it on heat after boiling, but just cover and wait till liquid is absorbed - just see if liquid amounts match what is mentioned on the package).