Mediterranean cuisine is a combination of tasty yet nutritious foods which helps us to enjoy without any guilt. The Israeli couscous is one such recipe which can be loaded with different vegetables to enhance its nutritious value. Further, they are called Pearl couscous or Jerusalem couscous as they are made of traditional ingredients and recipes.
The taste of this couscous is similar to the pasta made of wheat flour and you can thoroughly enjoy it. On the other hand, this couscous is soft to chew and smaller in comparison to the regular couscous that is dried and tiny. In addition, they act as the best base for most sweet as well as savory dishes.
The preparation and ingredients to make this couscous are similar and however, you can mix it up with different veggies. For instance, you can prepare the Israeli couscous with paprika, or chicken and peas, or with feta and mint. Therefore, the preparation of couscous is similar and the ingredients can be added up to the creativity which is also quite healthy.
Steps To Make Healthy Israeli Couscous
The Jerusalem or Pearl couscous can be made in different types using the ingredients. Therefore, you will not get bored eating the same recipe. That is to say, the couscous easily blends with many other ingredients like both sweet and savory varieties for us.
Here are the easy steps to make Israeli Couscous from the ingredients of your kitchen.
1. Water Measurement Is Important
It is recommended to use 1 ¼ cups of water for 1 cup of dried couscous used. However, some may recommend 1 ½ cups of water and therefore you should use according to the resulting product you need. For instance, if you need them at the perfect texture and also chewy, you can add about 2 ¼ cups of water.
2. Saute The Couscous And Add The Vegetable
Firstly, add the olive oil to a pot and add the couscous balls to it for a 5-minute sauté until it reaches browned lightly. Further, stir it continuously during this process so that they are not deep-fried. Secondly, add the water to the pan very gradually and make them boil. You can keep at a simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes with a lid.
3. Saute Vegetables For Israeli Couscous
After boiling, you can find them softer by poking. Consequently, add the remaining vegetable broth to a skillet and start cooking the garlic, onions, and carrots. Further, the onions must be translucent and the carrots must be softer to an extent where it is also crunchy. In addition, this should be done for about 5 to 6 minutes to get them good.
4. Add The Necessary Spices And Mix It Well
Subsequently, add the vegetable mixture along with corn, parsley, salt, pepper, and edamame to blend together.
5. Addition Of Other Veggies To Israeli Couscous
Now the previous step can be changed with adding the boiled chicken, or other vegetables like paprika, or mushrooms.
In conclusion, Israeli Couscous can be done with different ingredients to get better taste and nutrition.