Sometimes when I come across a recipe and plan to try it out, it feels incomplete. Means, either it requires something else with it as an accompaniment, or more ingredients etc... Like when I saw this recipe by Nigella Lawson in her Nigella Christmas cookook titled Party Poussins with Festive couscous, obviously I liked the couscous part, but to serve it with a suitable vegetarian accompaniment was the problem. Also I wanted something healthy and easy to make. So I sort of slept on the recipe and when I wandered across the roasted carrots, it was like everything fell into place.
The recipes are pretty easy to make and you can serve it as a light meal or even at teatime. That is if you consider couscous as an equivalent of semolina or rava and then this obviously becomes an upma with a twist.! So suit yourselves.Anyway I have spiced it up a bit as per my preference and add even curry powder to it.
Couscous: 1 cup
Water: 1 cup +/-
Veg Stock: few tbsp (optional)
Cumin Powder: 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder: 1/2 tsp
Paprika or even chilli powder : 1/2 tsp
Curry Powder: as per taste I used Kitchen King Masala.
Salt:as per taste
Fresh Cilantro/Coriander : few tbsp chopped
Pomegranate Seeds: for garnish
In a bowl, mix together couscous and spice powders and salt. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water,mix it in and cover and let it sit for atleast 5-10 minutes. You can actually follow the instructions given in the couscous box for this. I even added about 1/4 cup of veg stock also to this though only water is also fine.
Fluff the couscous with a fork, mix in few tbsp of cilantro and garnish with remaining cilantro and pomegranate seeds.
Serve with roasted carrots.
The recipe is adapted from Food Network and is by Ina Garten. You can find it here.
Salt& Pepper:as per taste
Olive Oil: 1-2 tbsp
Cilantro/Coriander : few tbsp
Peel and wash carrots and slice them into almost big sticks or pieces. Toss the carrots in a big bowl with oil,salt and pepper and then layer them onto a lined baking sheet. They actually shrink a bit during roasting so its better you slice them a bit thick.
Bake in a preheated oven at 400f for about 20 minutes until they start browning. Take out toss it with chopped cilantro and serve hot/warm with couscous or even as a side to any mains.
A simple recipe and it paired well with the couscous and also could be eaten as a snack.