Thursday, April 9, 2009

Apricot Curry Couscous

A light, quick dish that's full of flavor. This couscous combines the sweetness of dried fruit with the smoky salty flavors of cumin and curry powder. Perfect as a side dish with fish or chicken but can also stand on its own as a healthy, satisfying entree. 

Serves: 4
Active time: 5 min
Cooking time: 5 min

Ingredients:

1 box toasted pine nut couscous by Near East (alternatives welcome)
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cilantro
1/4 cup pistachios (my grocery was charging $8 for a small bag so I skipped this ingredient)

Directions:

Boil the water as instructed on the box. Chop the cranberries, apricots and pistachios into 1/4" pieces. Add these to the pot. Add the prepackaged spice mixture, cumin, curry powder, and cilantro to the water as it comes to a boil. Once boiling, add the couscous, stir a few times, then turn off the heat and put a lid on it for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, fluff with a fork and serve. 

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