Posted by: inyomouth | April 18, 2009

curried apple couscous


Linnaea’s Cafe is one of my favorite places to study, socialize, & eat in town.  It’s home to a lot of “indie” scenesters and college students, but what makes it so wonderful is their home-cooked & healthy dishes they serve.  and THIS is a dish that Linnaea’s would definitely serve.  (maybe an employee will eventually find this post & decide to start selling Curried Apple Couscous…who knows).   It has wonderful flavors that are subtle, but rich.  I found this plate on 101 cookbooks and it only takes 15 minutes MAX to make.  College students & couscous fanatics:  please try.

the ingredients

saute your fresh apples in butter, curry powder, & a pinch of salt

set aside apples, then saute green onions

add water until boils, then add couscous, remove from heat, & cover pan for 10 minutes.

add pine nuts, mint, & curried apples & serve!

Full Recipe:

Curried Apple Couscous
adapted from 101 Cookbooks

4 T unsalted butter
1 T curry powder
2 medium apples, cored, & chopped
3 green onions, washed, trimmed, thinly sliced
1 C whole wheat couscous (ours was from TJ’s)
1/2 C pine nuts, toasted
small handful of mint, chopped

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat add 3 tablespoons of the butter, the curry powder, and a couple generous pinches of salt, and cook for a minute or until the spices are fragrant. Stir in the chopped apples and cook for about 3 minutes, enough time for the apples to soften up a bit and absorb some of the curry. Scoop the apples from the pan and set aside in a separate bowl.

In the same pan, again over medium-high heat, add the remaining tablespoon of butter. Stir in the green onions, let them soften up a bit and then add the water and salt. Bring to a boil, stir in the couscous, cover and remove from heat. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes and then use a fork to fluff up the couscous. Stir in the apples, pine nuts, and chopped mint. Season with more salt and curry powder to taste.

serves 4.



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