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Sesame Fried Couscous

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Delicious Indian-flavoured couscous, perfect with fish, prawns, or burgers (Quorn Southern Style Burgers if you're vegetarian), or to stuff vegetables.

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  • 50g couscous
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 1/2 vegetable stock cube
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (seeds or ground)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala (best is Tesco's own)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil


    1. Weigh out the couscous into a (pre-warmed) small flat-bottomed bowl. Give it a shake to spread the couscous evenly.
    2. Tip the cumin and garam masala into a measuring jug, then crumble in the stock cube.
    3. Pour in 100ml boiling water, stiring with a small metal spoon.
    4. Pour over the couscous, and give a quick stir so the couscous is spread evenly through the stock. This will help it soak in better. Leave for 5 to 10 mins, depending on your couscous, but stir again after about 3 mins.
    5. If you like, you can serve it up at this stage, once the couscous has absorbed the stock. Alternatively, while it is soaking, heat up the sesame oil in a frying pan.
    6. Scrape the soaked couscous into the frying pan, using the little spoon from earlier to get it all out, as it will be quite sticky. Fry it for a few minutes - around 2-4 will do. I like to add prawns to make it a bit more special, and cooked diced peppers would go nicely in there too.
    7. Once the couscous has re-heated through, and absorbed all the flavours of the sesame oil, serve it up with your meat or seafood. Another tasty idea is to use the couscous to stuff a whole, topped and de-seeded, roasted pepper.

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27th Nov, 2011
thanks for this simple idea. Just started using couscous and am looking for tasty but SIMPLE ways of using it, i.e. recipes not requiring multiple ingredients!!
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