This quick, delicious couscous side dish, naturally sweetened with apple and dried fruits, is good with curries, and also goes well with any kind of well-seasoned bean or lentil dish.
Serves: 6 to 8 as a side dish
- 1 cup raw couscous, preferably whole grain
- ¼ cup orange juice, or as needed
- 1 large sweet apple, cored and diced
- ½ cup dark or golden raisins
- ½ cup mixed dried fruit (try a apricots, mission figs, prunes,
pineapple, etc.; for a shortcut, use a mixture of chopped dried fruits
from a package or purchased in bulk)
- ½ teaspoon good-quality curry powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves, optional
- ⅓ cup slivered toasted almonds or chopped toasted walnuts, optional
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Place the couscous in a heat proof container. Pour 2 cups boiling water over it, then cover and let stand for 10 minutes. When done, fluff with a fork.
Meanwhile, combine the orange juice and apple in a large skillet or steep-sided stir-fry pan. Cook over low heat until the apple softens just a bit, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in the couscous, dried fruits, and spices. Add a little more orange juice if needed, to moisten. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until well heated through, stirring often.
Stir in the scallions and optional cilantro and nuts. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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