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Monday, September 28, 2009

Couscous salad

I tried out something new today. It's couscous based, but stir-fried in preparation. It came out fairly well, so I'm posting here.


  • 1/3 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup assorted raisins
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 Tbsp basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Heat the stock + 1Tbsp oil in a saucepan until it comes to a boil
  2. Stir in the couscous, remove from heat, cover and keep aside
  3. Heat a large skillet
  4. Add 1 Tbsp oil
  5. Add Chinese 5 spice and cumin seeds and fry for half a minute
  6. Add in raisins, nuts, peas and corn and stir fry for 2 minutes
  7. Mix in Couscous, mint and basil leaves
  8. Stir fry until Couscous no longer sticks to your ladel (I use a wooden ladel)
  9. Turn off the heat and continue to mix it for another 30 seconds
That's it. You can eat it on its own or with yogurt or as a side dish for a larger meal. For a spicier version, use Indian garam masala instead of Chinese 5 spice. It should serve 3 people as a side dish.

I haven't yet thought of a good name for this dish, so if you have any ideas, leave a comment.