When Rosanne Cash said ““The key to change… is to let go of fear,” I am sure she was talking about experimenting with new food too – Letting go of old habits, embracing the new, doing something totally new, like experimenting with Couscous!! When the blogging bug bit me, I had headed to the nearest hypermart and picked this packet of rather expensive Couscous some weeks ago, but somehow couldnt get to eat it – it wasnt that I had tasted it and didnt like it : guess it was the fear of the unknown. Like cooking mushrooms at home, when I dont eat it – but I still include it for hubby and daughter. Like, working with a new set of ingredients for today’s Couscous Salad. It was supremely healthy & filling, and a much needed break from the usual stuff we have for lunch and was crunchy from the chilled veggies and the warm oil.. I liked it quite a bit, and was wondering if I could make this a weekly ritual..those questions always seem to haunt you, once you have tried it, right? just like bungee jumping or driving your first car, or even marriage, perhaps !! he he he 🙂
Anyways, the verdict : Would I make it again? yes, definitely. And while most people prefer it bland, I would definitely spice it up a bit more with chopped sweet peppers, steamed veggies and may be even a spoon of mashed up lentil for a complete meal. The warm olive oil combined with the cold and crunchy veggies and fruits is sure to warm you up during the winters.
This healthy dish goes to : Kavi’s Healthy Cooking Challenge – Lunches, event by Smitha, my own event Global Food Fest, Valli’s Soups and Salads mela, Radhika’s winter mela and also Susan’s BWW. Let’s get on to the recipe now !
Prep time : 10 mins. Soaking time : 10 mins. No cook time. Serves : 1
- Couscous – 1 cup
- Cucumber – de-seeded and finely diced – 1/4 cup
- Apple – diced fine – 1/8 cup
- Pomegranate seeds – a handful
- Onions – 1 small – finely diced
- Lemon juice – 1 tsp
- Sesame seeds – roasted – 1 tsp
- Olive oil – 2 TBSP
- Garlic minced – a dash (max 1 medium clove, grated)
- Salt – to taste
- Black pepper – to taste
- Tomato ketchup – 1 TBSP (optional)
- Curry powder – 1 tsp (opt.)
- Coriander and parsley leaves – to garnish
2) Add all the chopped veggies, spices and mix up well.
3) Warm the olive oil a bit and add to the couscous.
4) Just before serving, add a dash of lime juice and tomato ketchup and garnish with coriander and parsley (I didnt have any, but would add it next time).
5) Serve immediately.