Thursday, June 11, 2009

Curried Couscous

This month the Barefoot Bloggers recipe was chosen by Ellyn of Recipe Collector and Tester. Ellyn has chosen Curried Couscous. I thought I would be telling you guys how much I didn't like this recipe and how I would never make it again but the opposite happened. You see I'm not much of a curry fan and this recipe calls for curry. I change Ina's recipes so frequently that the last few times I decided that I would stick closer to her recipes and get the full experience. Anyway, loved this recipe. It's fast, easy, yummy and doesn't cost a million to make. I'll make it again. Thanks Ellyn for this pick. Oh, we had ours with some grilled shrimp, grilled Portabella mushrooms and a green salad. Perfect dinner!
Blog friends I'm competing in a swim meet tomorrow night. With an extra 20 years and 40 pounds on my competition. I could use all the love and support you send this way! Thanks!
Not that you need me to tell you but still no camera.

Ina's recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup small-diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins(didn't add)
  • 1/4 cup blanched, sliced almonds(forgot to add)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1/4 cup small-diced red onion


Place the couscous in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in the boiling water and pour over the couscous. Cover tightly and allow the couscous to soak for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, curry, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Pour over the fluffed couscous, and mix well with a fork. Add the carrots, parsley, currants, almonds, scallions, and red onions, mix well, and season to taste. Serve at room temperature.


Claudia said...

I am a recent convert to Ina. Lots of butter and eggs for desserts but when you follow - very tasty. (I know - that's a "duh.") Couscous is so wonderful because you can truly add your own flavors and make it whatever you love. I think it is vastly imrpoved with the curry spices. Glad you liked it. I will now need to try it. Because it looks wonderful.

Leslie said...

I'm so happy this one surprised you! I'll be pulling for you in your swim meet. Remember, it's not age or weight, but any team/person can beat another on a given day, so tomorrow could be your day! Besides, you'll get a tremendous feeling of accomplishment at the end, win or lose!

Culinary Wannabe said...

I'm not usually a big curry fan either, but when you're in the mood for food like this, nothing else will do. Best of luck with the meet tonight!!! You will do awesome - when it comes down to the actual event adrenaline and training do most of the work. Please let us know how it goes!

Claudia said...

I forgot! best of luck with the swim and yay for you!

Cheryl said...

That looks really yummy, Ina is my favorite. Good luck on the swim meet!!!

Culinary Wannabe said...

Oh, and BTW, the drink I talked about is called a Michelada - it would be a great way to celebrate your swim tonight!

Penny said...

Hope you did well in the swim meet. The curry is not too pronounced in the couscous. I love it.

Lori Lynn said...

Can't wait to hear about your swim meet! Go girl!

Tonya @ What's On My Plate said...

I enjoyed this too and served it with salmon. Quick and easy!

Elra said...

Hmmm, couscous sounds so delicious. It is one of my favorite after rice.

Juliana said...

Yummie! This couscous dish looks terrific...simple and tasty. Love all the spices in it! Yummie!

Camille said... we have more in common than food! I swim also. I don't have a masters group near me, but I still swim to keep in shape.

And, I'm not the biggest curry fan, either. This dish, however, looks really yummy and I think my whole family would love it. (I just bought an Ina book...can't wait to try some recipes.)

Camille said...

OOPS...forgot to say: Swim Fast!! Swim Hard! Good Luck!!! Let me know what you swim and how you did.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'm sure I'd love this dish with all those interesting ingredients. Good luck on the swimming.

nath said...

Have never tried couscous before.. is it substitute of rice??
btw, Good luck girl!!! (",)

finsmom said...

Good Morning!
Great recipe!
I have a little award waiting for you over at my blog :)

Jackie said...

It was delicious. I added golden raisins and slightly toasted slivered almonds. It was delicious. Hubby loved it. Thanks!

Elra said...

Oh, I really like couscous. Your curried couscous sound really good!

Grace said...

i'm no fan of curry either, but i love to be pleasantly surprised! it's a beautifully-presented dish, and i think you should definitely try to remember the almonds next time--that crunch would be great! :)

HappyTummy said...

Wow! This sounds so delicious, and I cannot believe I have all of these ingredients in my kitchen right now. I think I'm going to make this tonight. Thanks for sharing--I'll let you know how it goes.

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