Couscous was a dish that originated in Maghreb . It remains a still very healthy and exquisite dish, and if cooked correctly, is delicious as well!
Here are the ingredients needed to make a top-class couscous salad:
- 175ml of water, boiling
- 1/2 carrot(optional)
- 1/4 cucumber
- 1/2 yellow pepper
- 4 dried apricots
- 15ml spoon parsley
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 100g couscous
- 1 medium tomato
- 1 spring onion
1: Measure the couscous. After certifying that 100g of couscous is measured, pour it into a large bowl. Be careful not to spill any as once couscous is lost, it’s hard to be found!
2: Make the stock by dissolving a vegetable stock cube in the boiling water. Mix the water well to guarantee that there will be no solid pieces of cube left.
3: Pour the still boiling stock over the couscous. Make sure the measurements are right, or the consistency will be inaccurate
4: Mix the couscous and stock with a fork. The couscous should appear to have little dots on it. Leave the mixture away for 5 minutes while you prepare the garnish.
5: Dice the cucumber into small chunks. For the tomato, cut a regular zigzag line across the side, then twist the two halves separately to form a flower effect, like so. Or as demonstrated in the photo, you could just cut the tomato into chunks.
6: Cut the carrots and peppers into small chunks. Try to make them small and evenly sized to ensure a neat outcome.
7: Slice up the apricots into thin slices. These will add an exquisite sweetness to your salad, which will enhance the flavour.
8: Add all the cut vegetables, apart from the tomato, into the now set couscous. Make sure the couscous is neither wet (water is seen) or too dry (the couscous has clumped together). In this step, you could also add the parsley and the salt.
9: Now, snip the parsley to create a flower effect. To make this process easier, you can use a sterile pair of scissors, to snip the spring onion at both ends, like so. Leave the cut spring onion in cold water, to allow the cuts to unfurl.
10: Mix all the vegetables together in the couscous, then pour into a plastic container. Finally, add the tomato(with the flower effect) and spring onion.
11: If necessary, heat the couscous in a microwave for 30 seconds to warm it up. THen present on a plate and enjoy!