Curried Apple Couscous

Curried Apple Couscous Recipe


This curried apple couscous recipe makes for a wonderfully filling meal. I'm trying to finish up the very last photos for my cookbook. It's a great feeling and a huge sense of - I'm not exactly sure what - relief, accomplishment, excitement? When it is completely done, I'll be looking at close to one hundred recipes with corresponding photos for a good percentage them. I feel like a kid on the last day of school looking forward to a fun, light-hearted summer break. Almost.

The manuscript is out of my hands, but I still have all the photography. A year-plus worth of photography and you can only imagine the worry this can cause. So I've been obsessively burning discs of the images and then squirreling them away in random offsite locations in case something catastrophic happens to the house. A news chopper falling from the sky or something.

So I need to get back to work, but in the meantime I thought I'd do a quick post about the whole wheat curried apple couscous recipe I made for lunch.

When I surveyed the kitchen, I was able to find a nice selection of ingredients that I thought might work together for what I had in mind. Couscous (often mistaken for a grain, but really a pasta), apples, curry powder, butter, mint, and green onions. I heated the butter, tossed in a good dose of a stunning Marrakech curry powder Pim brought me from Paris, and then sauteed the chopped apples in the fragrant buttery goodness for a few minutes. These curried apples are delicious and I'm already thing of other ways to use them.

This was an on-the-fly lunch that I was trying to pull off in under 10 minutes, so I used the quick-cook method instead of steaming. I feel a bit guilty every time I do it this way, (sorry Paula!). Toss everything together and you've got yourself a meal. Couldn't be simpler, and the perfume of the spices permeates your home for the rest of the day.

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Curried Apple Couscous Recipe

I suspect you could make this with plums with good results as well.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 medium apple, cored and chopped
3 green onions, washed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
1 cup whole wheat couscous (or regular)
1 3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup 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 6.

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Comments


What an interesting flavour combo. Apart from a curried apple soup I had years ago it is not something I would have thought of. Do the apples take on that pan-fried crispy thing?

Looking forward to the book - your photographs are an inspiration.

October 3, 2006
 

Love the impromptu couscous, I start throwing a bit of fruit into almost everything starting early August til the pears give out ...

Congratulations on nearing the 'end' though, with any luck, it's the mere beginning, yes?

October 3, 2006
 

Stacy

I tried this 3 different ways. I didn't have pine nuts but had walnuts, cashews and pistachios. It was wonderful all three ways. Lots of flavor.

October 3, 2006
 

that dish makes me want to marry you.
it alsmost makes me want to take up vegetarianism again.

October 3, 2006
 

Cecille

I really like this blog. I am fond of cooking too!

October 4, 2006
 

Ahh .. couscous a pasta? who would've thought .. its like the whole "pumpkin is a veggie" thing whereas it is a fruit ..... what a relief it must be for u getting towards the end of a massive project :). I make Fruit Chicken Curry in a similar way ... with apples, pears and chicken, its quite yum!

October 4, 2006
 

baguette about it

i added golden raisins to this as well...delicious!

October 4, 2006
 

jigi

'so I used the quick-cook method instead of steaming'

whats the steaming method?

October 4, 2006
 

weeb

can't wait to try this tonight! mmmm thanks!

October 4, 2006
 

kasey

My first thought was you could use pears instead of the apples--it is just becoming pear season anyway. My second thought was that bulgar wheat might also work well for this dish, though it takes a little bit longer to cook than couscous. Can't wait to try it!

October 4, 2006
 

lakshmi

We could also use broken red wheat instead of the couscous and also add a bit of grated carrots to make it more child friendly.

October 4, 2006
 

Feel free to deliver that to my jet lagged self any day now! So happy to be home! Happy it's Autumn! Happy for apples!

October 5, 2006
 

I made (a version of) this last night. I added carrots and some veggie (fake) chicken, subsituted leeks for green onions, left out the mint (didn't have any), and sauteed everything together in one pot, adding the couscous and broth to the mixture to steam. I sauteed the fake chicken and pine nuts separately and added them at the end. This was excellent, and so incredibly quick. I will be making it often.

October 5, 2006
 

Lauren K.

I'm so happy for you! I love your first book. It's so inspirational. I can't wait to check out the new one.

October 5, 2006
 

I was just thinking of making couscous and trying to come up with a creative way to do it. You saved me by doing it yourself! Plus, your photo of it is beautiful.

October 5, 2006
 

Hi Heidi!
Any Idea which place or people does Couscous attribute it's beginning? Is it a native on indegenous to some people? I am asking coz it is not too common in India.

October 6, 2006
 

Does curry powder count as 'real' curry? ;)

October 6, 2006
 

Anonymous

Shuna, Welcome back, can't wait to see your 4x5 shots!

Here's a link to the wikipedia page on couscous: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couscous
also, check out egullet.com for couscous. I suspect you'll find a few posts about people making couscous from scratch and using a couscousierre to steam it.

October 6, 2006
 

The picture looks so elegant.
I made this last night. I have to say it turned out great! I added a bit of lemon peel to the couscous.

October 6, 2006
 

Congrats on approaching the press date. I look forward to your new cookbook! I love the combo of curry and apples; and often use the two with chicken [oops! so not veggie!]. ;-)

October 6, 2006
 

Great your about wrapped up.

I have the stuff to try this today.

October 7, 2006
 

Another delicious recipe... curry & apples just seem to work together somehow!

October 7, 2006
 

kari

i made this today.. (as airplane food for my veg. priv. chef clients)

sauteed apples in evoo (so it could be more of a salad at room temp) added curry & cashews, currants, dried apricot
toasted couscous and cooked in veg stock
combined both w/ lime juice and cilantro.

yum! thanks for the idea heidi : )


October 7, 2006
 

I am thinking of how to adapt this to try and cut down the prep time, but it sounds like my whole family will love it.

October 8, 2006
 

Maria Luz

love the couscous with apples.
they get very well together the apples and the curry.
Maria
mlpcoco@gmail.com

October 8, 2006
 

Sanjeev

I'm not strictly vegetarian, but I can vouch for the terrific mellowing effect of any gourdi vegetable or (preferably) citrus fruit when combined with a rich (non-veg) curry. Curry Powder Does Not Count As Curry!

October 9, 2006
 

Maobita

Cous cous is made of durum wheat, by consecuence makes it a grain.

October 9, 2006
 

Jeff

By that rationale, spaghetti is also a grain. See the point? Sure, couscous contains> grain, but it is often misconceived as something that grows on stalks like wheat, because of its shape and size.

October 11, 2006
 

Hurray for this kind of 'fast food!' Thanks for promoting it. Stunning photo as always.

October 11, 2006
 

Just tried this recipe out last night and LOVED it. So quick, so easy, so addictively delicious! Thanks much for sharing it!

October 12, 2006