Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cinnamon-scented couscous

I found this recipe in a magazine advertisement for Spice Islands and since we like couscous a lot, I thought of trying it out. It turned out very good and I will surely make it again. I have made sweet couscous before and mostly used raisins and almonds. The spices in this recipe give it such a nice flavour and the dates add sweetness. I slightly modified the original recipe in changing the quantities and using dried dates instead of fresh dates. I also added a pinch of salt to bring out the flavours even more. Take care…!!!


- ½ cup slivered or chopped almonds
- 1 package couscous ( about 2 cups)
- 2 ½ cups water
- 2/3 cup chopped dried dates
- 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1 Tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ Tsp. ground ginger
- pinch salt
- 1 Tbsp. canola oil


Preheat oven to 350 F.
Toast the almonds on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes or until golden-brown.
In a medium saucepan bring water along with dates, apricots, oil and spices to a boil. Add couscous and mix well. Remove from heat and cover. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then mix in almonds and fluff couscous with a fork. Serve.
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