Couscous with Peas, Cashews, and Raisins

Couscous raw

This mild side dish complements vegetable curries as well as recipes made with hearty winter vegetables, as in the accompanying menu.

Serves: 4 to 6 as a side dish

  • 1 1/2 cups couscous, preferably whole grain
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance or other vegan buttery spread,
    or 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas, thawed and steamed
  • 1/2 cup toasted cashew pieces
  • 1/2 cup dark raisins
  • 2 to 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste), optional
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, optional
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place the couscous in a heatproof container and pour 3 cups boiling water over it. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. If the mixture needs more moisture, stir in a small amount of water, and serve.

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