Vegetable Couscous Pilaf

This Vegetable Couscous Pilaf is a healthy and delicious meal for the whole family.

Vegetable Couscous Pilaf

Good Morning everyone. It’s the FoodieMamas Day today. And we have come up with amazingly scrumptious recipes for you all. This time, Sabrina from “Dinner Then Dessert” picked up an ingredient. Her choice was Couscous.

So each of us has come up with healthy recipes to start your year right on track with nutritious eating and sticking to your healthy living goals for this year.

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I decided to make a recipe that could be an alternative to rice. So I made this Vegetable Couscous Pilaf. I have cooked mixed vegetables and then added couscous to it. For aromatics, I have used a cinnamon stick, bay leaf, star anise, and peppercorns. This pilaf goes well as sides for any meal. It can be a good alternative to rice pilaf when you need something quick.

Vegetable Couscous Pilaf

Couscous is a traditional food from Northern African cultures. It consists of small balls of durum wheat or semolina flour. It is often taken with a grain, but it is actually the same dough that is made into many kinds of pasta. Making couscous is extremely simple.

Vegetable Couscous Pilaf- Foodie Mamas

This Vegetable Couscous Pilaf is a healthy and delicious meal for the whole family.
Course Lunch, Lunch Box, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Grown-Ups, Kids, Toddler Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Deepika Haldankar

You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Couscous
  • 1/2 cup Mixed Vegetables (green beans, carrots, peas, corn)
  • 1 cup Water/ Vegetable Stock/ Chicken/Beef Stock
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 small Bay Leaf
  • 1 tbs Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • A small piece of Cinnamon Stick (approx. 1/4 inch)
  • A small piece of Star Anise
  • A dash of crushed Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Make It:

  1. Start with heating olive oil in a pot and add the spices. (cinnamon, star anise, bay leaf and garlic clove)
  2. Saute it for 30 secs or so.
  3. Then add mixed vegetables and saute for another minute.
  4. Follow that with adding water/ stock. Add salt and crushed black pepper.
  5. Bring it to a boil.
  6. Now add couscous, cover the pot and turn off the heat. Keep it covered for 10 mins
  7. After 10 minutes fluff the couscous, add a lemon juice and chopped cilantro leaves.
  8. Garnish it and serve.

 
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