Minted Couscous
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400g Couscous

3 tablspoons chopped fresh mint leaves

Juice of 1 lemonb

1 tblsp olive oil

½ cucumber

4 tomatoes – de-seeded

1 pomegranate

Prep Time:   0:10
Cook Time:   0:04
Serves:   4

Prep to Cook:  Mixing bowl, spoon, vegetable knife, chopping board, lemon squeezer, basin, fork, kettle or pan for boiling water

Prep:Put the couscous in a large bowl and pour on freshly boiled water

Allow to stand for 10 minutes

Stir in the diced mint leaves and juice of the lemon

Slice and then dice the cucumber into tiny cubes and mix this in

Skin the tomatoes by immersing them in freshly boiled water for 30 seconds

Stab the tomato with a fork and carefully lift off the tomato skin

Cut the tomato into half and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon

Dice up the tomato flesh into small cubes

Mix into the couscous and season with freshly group black pepper

Cut the pomegranate in half with a sharp knife

Hold the pomegranate half in your hand with the cut side pointing down

Tap the back of the pomegranate to ‘eject’ the crunchy pips

Repeat with the other pomegranate half

Stir well and serve with salads or dishes such as Lamb Tagine.

Check it out !

Couscous is a stable food in North Africa formed from Durum wheat, a hard wheat.  You can buy plain couscous or ready flavoured couscous.

Cooks Know How: Couscous is cheap and easy to use.   It requires cooking to make it digestible but because it is granular and small it take only minutes to soften by steaming or simply infusing with boiling water.  In this way the starch in the couscous is gelatinised and can be eaten to provide energy in the diet.  It has little flavour of its own and is therefore usually cooked with spices, diced herbs, diced vegetables and dressings to moisten it.  The ingredients chosen to accompany couscous are usually selected for their colour and flavour and texture, such as the pomegranate.  Fresh aromatic herbs also lift plain couscous.

Next Time

 

Try making your own dressing for soaked couscous using citrus fruit juices and olive oil.  Add turmeric to make it more yellow and dice some of your favourite vegetables to create a healthy snack.  Diced cold meats can be easily added to make a one-pot meal.