Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Curried Cous Cous

I've been craving a curry dish lately, but with the temperatures near 100*, I couldn't imagine enjoying a big bowl of warm veggies and rice. I decided to do a few searches for a curry salad, and see what came up. Of course there were a few curried chicken salads, but I wanted something grain and vegetable based. I was intrigued by this Ina Garten recipe, it was vegetarian, full of curry and other spices, sweet and savory and cold! 
I followed her recipe closely, however I did substitute Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend for the cous cous, which I think added great texture and a little extra dimension. I also chose to shred my carrots rather than dice, and omitted the parsley. I was going to add cilantro, but forgot until I began eating the dish! 
Ina suggests eating this at room temperature, but I enjoyed it chilled.

Curried Cous Cous
adapted from Ina Garten, 2 large dinner servings 

2/3 c. cous cous or TJ's Harvest Grain Blend
1 tsp. EVOO
1 1/3 c. water or vegetable stock
1/4 c. plain greek yogurt
1 tsp. Rice vinegar
1 tbsp. curry powder
Salt and pepper
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. toasted, sliced almonds
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 small red onion, minced
Chopped cilantro or parsley, if desired

Prepare cous cous according to package directions (For mine, I brought water to a boil, added grain blend and EVOO, turned to a simmer, covered and cooked for 10 minutes)
When all water is absorbed, cool cous cous, fluff with a fork and add to a large mixing bowl.
In a small dish, whisk together vinegar, curry and yogurt, pour over cous cous.
Gently toss to combine.
Add remaining ingredients, gently stir to combine.
Place in the refrigerator and chill for 2+ hours.
Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.


Joanne said...

Who knew Ina had this in her repertoire? i'm always craving curry but you're right, it's slightly too warm now. This is definitely an awesome solution.

Sophie @ yumventures said...

I'm loving cold salads recently! Curry is so great cold as well, though you're right, I've only had curried chicken salad.

Tasha said...

I've had a curried pasta salad before which was very similar in ingredients, but I love the idea of making it with couscous instead!