Pearl (Israeli) Couscous With Garam Masala and Pine Nuts

"Pearl (Israeli) couscous is more like barley in texture, and takes a little longer to cook. Look for it in the ethnic section, or in the pasta section of larger supermarkets. Try to find the "instant" kind, that cooks it 10 minutes. If you can't find it, you may have to add more liquid and cook longer. This one has a touch of East Indian spices. Good with grilled salmon or pork tenderloin. There are as many variations of Garam Masala (spice mix) as there are cooks :). I like mine with a tad more cinnamon than some. There are several recipes here on 'Zaar, or you can buy it in specialty shops or larger supermarkets."
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  • Heat a medium skillet over med-high heat and add pine nuts. Swirl in pan until they begin to brown. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • In a heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat and saute shallot and carrot for 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice and garam masala.
  • Add broth to pan and bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  • Put in serving bowl and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.

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  1. gogoddess
    l Love the pinenuts and curry in this. Served at room temp, shred your carrots. I also made a pearl couscous with a single diced plum tomato a hand full of sugar snap peas, fresh cilantro and 4 oz of pesto. So good! Thank you!!
  2. mersaydees
    Even picky DH loved this recipe! His first couscous recipe that makes him HAPPY! Made as directed and wouldn't change a thing. Thanks, MikeKey! Made for ZWT8, group Diners, Winers, and Chives.
  3. Nif_H
    I really enjoyed this delicious dish! I have had Israeli couscous in my pantry for a while now but didn't know what to do with it. This recipe solved my problem! I really enjoyed the blend of flavours in this dish and it was very easy to make, with little attention. My kind of dish! Made for ZWT8. Thanks again Mikekey! :)
  4. MollyJ
    Couscous and summer are a perfect match. I made this pretty much as described but added about 1/4 c. dried cranberries (what was left in my package) and my husband loved it. He told me I could make it for company.
  5. I'mPat
    I used more shallot than called for and unfortunately when I went to measure out the garam masala I only had 1/2 tablespoon but it was still delicious - the 3 of us gobbled up all 4 serves. The only change I would make is simmer for thew full 10 minutes instead of the 8 that I did as I mine was still a little moist when I flaked but this was my first time cooking pearl couscous but we thoroughly enjoyed and will be making pearl couscous again. Thank you Makekey, made for Make My Recipe - Edition 15.



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