A man walks into a kitchen with one pomegranate and two packets of halloumi cheese.
It sounds like the start of a joke right. When OH gave them to me I thought it was. Well you did say come home with something different was his indignant reply.
So he challenged me to make something I have never made before and wandered off. Fifteen minutes of pacing up and down the pantry mentally ticking off everything that could go with pomegranates I figured I could not go wrong with some sort of a nutty pomegranate couscous. At the very least it would look good. The oranges and lemons peeking out of the fruit bowl would serve as the background flavour.
Couscous can be quite dry. But in this dish the pomegranate seeds provide the right amount of juices to counteract this. The flavours work well together and you can easily add in more nuts, herbs or citrus to your specific taste
I use couscous a lot as it is quick, easy and versatile and as this particular dish takes all of fifteen minutes to make. I served it with some grilled peppers and grilled halloumi (obviously) and OH heartily approved.
So much so that the next day two more pomegranates casually appeared in the kitchen. I guess I am going to have to come up with more pomegranate recipes then.
So try this easy couscous recipe and dont forget to come back and check the other recipes in this couscous series.
- 250g (1½ cup) couscous
- Salt to taste
- 325ml (1½ cup) boiling water
- Large handful of chopped mint (½ cup)
- Seeds of 1 pomegranate
- 60g (½ cup) of pistachio’s chopped
- 3 spring onions chopped
- 6 tbsp orange juice
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Add the couscous and salt and water into a bowl.
- Stir everything very well, then cover with a plate and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Then stir it again and cover for another 5 minutes.
- Using a fork fluff up the couscous and add in mint, pomegranate, pistachios, spring onion, orange and lemon juices and stir until well mixed.