A dish of international renown, couscous is the ambassador of North African cuisine and the epitome of the delicacy of Moroccan culinary art.Some people consider it as pasta and attribute its origin to China ;while some others claim its origin to East africa.Couscous granules are made by rolling and shaping moistened semolina wheat and then coating them with finely ground wheat flour. The finished granules are roughly spherical shape and about one millimetre in diameter before cooking. Different cereals may be used regionally to produce the granules. Traditional couscous requires considerable preparation time and is usually steamed.
In many places, a more-processed, quick-cook couscous is available and is particularly valued for its short preparation time. Couscous is traditionally served under a meat or vegetable stew. It can also be eaten alone, flavored or plain, warm or cold , or as a side dish.
The first time I heard about couscous was from a friend who had lived for considerable time in Cyprus.She was describing Salad made from Couscous and I was intrigued.So the next time ,I was out in whole food store I went looking for it.
This is a easy and fast recipe for couscous salad and it goes well with Grilled Salmon,Grilled Chicken or as a dish in itself.
1 cup Couscous
2 cups Vegetable Stock/Chicken Stock/Plain Water
1/2 tsp salt ( or more depnding on your taste)
3 tblsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup -1 cup chopped fresh parsely leaves(I like more of the parsley leaves,since they give a fresh earthy taste to the Salad)
1/2 red onion finely chopped
1 Zuchinni finely diced
1/2 Green Pepper(Capsicum) Finely Diced
1/2 Yellow Pepper finely diced
1 tomato finely diced
2-3 tsp olive oil
Black pepper(acc. to taste)
1.Boil 1 and 1/2 cup of liquid with 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp Olive oil.
2.Put 1 cup Couscous in Salad Bowl.Once the liquid is boiled ,pour it over Couscous and cover the Salad bowl with a plate for about 5 minutes.
3.After 3 minutes have elaspsed fluff the Couscous using a fork ,if couscous seems too dry add 1/2 cup of the remaining liquid.
4.Once the liquid has been absorbed,add the lemon juice,2 tsp olive oil,Black pepper and the finely diced vegetables and parsley leaves.
5.Mix well.Adjust the seasonings and lemon juie according to taste.
6.Serve Cold or at room temperature.
7.Serve with Salmon or Grilled Chicken.