What about visiting a country or continent without visa? Sounds impossible right? But take a look of this event; Dk of culinary bazaar has created this AWED event. You can have a glimpse/ or visit freely of what they are cooking in other country. This month, her buddy Sri has chosen Middle Eastern culinary visit. Can I satisfy this duo with my veg version of couscous with legumes (vegetables)?
I learnt to cook couscous pretty much 12 years back in France! Yes long back with my brother, we were all bachelors at that time, he prepares it for Saturday lunch! Weekend, everyone (me and my brothers) will share one house chore! One mop the floor, one cook and I do some other cleaning, how fun it was those days. Now, i have to do all by myself! Ok, we just make Non-veg separately to go with. The couscous and vegetables broth are really a complete meal! This is a Maroccan/Arabic version but without meat!
Vegetable & chick peas broth
Tomato can sauce: ½ can
Vegetable broth: 2 cups or veg bouillon 2 cubes + 2 cups of water
Onion small: 1 diced
Zucchini: 1 cut into big chunk
Carrot: 2 cut into big chunk
Leek: 1 cut into big chunk
Celery: ½ cup big chunck
Bell pepper Red & green: 1 cup
Garbanzo beans: 1 /2 can or 1 /2 cup (cooked)
Paprika: 1 tsp
Harissa (is a chili puree mostly available in tube): ½ tsp or use hot chili powder: 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder: 1tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Bay leave: 1
Cinnamon: ½ stick
Garlic: 1 crushed (optional)
How to make it
Heat a big pot with oil; add the bay leaf and cinnamon stick, followed by onion.
Let it fry for few minutes add the veg and saute well, add the tomato juice, spice powder and broth and adjust the salt. Let it simmer for 15 minutes, add the garbonza beans and boil another 5 mintes.
That is it the broth is ready to be served over the couscous.
Couscous is pasta, looks like a big size semolina granule. It is super fast to cook!
If you are using veg broth don’t add the salt !
How to cook Couscous
Couscous: 1 cup
Water: 1 cup (u can use veg broth too)
Olive oil or butter: 1 tsp
Bring to boiling point the water, swtich off the stove add the salt and butter and couscous grains. Cover the pot and let it rest 5 min. Now take a fork and fluff the grain. Serve with veg broth!