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This is the best curried couscous. It's quick and easy to make and goes with everything. P.S. your kids will also love it because you can just go ahead and tell them it's pasta. This size Israeli couscous does take minute ( read: a lot of minutes) to cook, but it's hands off cooking time. Have I ever told you hands off cooking time is my favorite cooking time? It is.
I'm a busy Mom so anytime I don't have to spend a lot of my Bachelor time in the evening chopping, is a bonus. The best ever curried couscous = no chopping (unless you garnish it, and then just throw it on there, everyone will be okay). The flavors here are superb, creamy, warm, and garlicky; perfect for any season with almost any dish.
This curried couscous is also a great wing man. These three already-dinner-worthy recipes get kicked up a notch with those pearly little pasta balls.
How To Make The Best Curried Couscous
It starts with Israeli Couscous, a larger version of Moroccan couscous. It gives you a real bite vs. a mouthful. It can take a minute to cook all the way through so give yourself some time on this, 30-45 minutes to be exact. Make sure you generously salt and oil the water along the way, it is your only chance to season the pasta from the inside out.
While you wait, you can whip up the sauce, and she easy friends. It will take you two minutes to make the sauce giving you time to sit down and think about all the ways you are going to sell Girl Scout cookies for your daughter this year. You don't want to look like a deadbeat Mom when Suzy superstars' daughter (really it was Suzy, let's be honest) sells 750 boxes like last year; while you can barely get a shower. Ever.
Once the couscous is ready and drained, just toss it with the sauce. You can garnish it with chopped cilantro and crushed red pepper if you want. You can also just spoon it in your mouth straight from the bowl. Not saying anyone has done that.Print
The best curried couscous goes with just about anything as a side dish!
2 cups israeli couscous
½ cup mayonnaise (I use light mayo)
1.5-2 tsp Madras curry
1 tsp turmeric
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried cilantro
⅛ tsp salt
¼ cup half and half
fresh cilantro and crushed red pepper for garnish
kosher salt to finish
Add Israeli couscous to large heavy bottomed pot, cover with 3 inches of water
Add olive oil and ½ tsp salt to the water
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until couscous is fully cooked 30-40 minutes
While you are waiting for the couscous, whisk together mayo, half and half, spices, and salt
Drain pasta and stir in sauce
Garnish with chopped cilantro and crushed red pepper
- Category: Asian Recipes
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: Asian
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