Couscous is an ancient Tunisian popular dish. It is somewhat similar to quinoa after it has been cooked. It is prepared from semolina covered with flour. The method of preparing Couscous in the old days was difficult, but nowadays, it is easy to prepare couscous at home with simple steps. Couscous is served in more than one form, as it can be served as a salty main dish, or as a dessert, and it can also be used in preparing salads. Its preparation varies according to the ingredients and method of cooking. One of the easiest ways to prepare couscous is the way to prepare couscous with vegetables.
Couscous with vegetables
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 medium red onion chopped
- 1 yellow pepper chopped
- 1 carrot cut into cubes
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ teaspoon of paprika
- ½ teaspoon of ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of celery salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 6 green hot peppers chopped
- 1 can chickpeas washed and drained
- 1 ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
- ½ bunch fresh parsley chopped
- 1 cup instant couscous
- salt and pepper as needed
- Cayenne pepper optional
- In a medium pan or deep pot over a medium heat, heat the oil.
- Add the red onions, yellow peppers and carrots.
- Roast for about 10 - 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened.
- Add the garlic and continue cooking for an additional minute.
- Add the salt, black pepper, paprika, ground coriander, turmeric, celery salt, cinnamon, cumin and cayenne pepper (if using).
- Stir the mixture for a minute until it smells fragrant.
- Add in the potatoes, the frozen peas and continue cooking. Add the hot green pepper, chickpeas, then broth.
- Place the chopped parsley in the couscous and stir the mixture.
- Add the couscous, stir the mixture, then remove from the heat and leave to steam for 5 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
- Mix the couscous with a fork and then serve.
- Enjoy your delicious couscous!