With green peas, that is. It’s always been a family tradition for us to have couscous on Fridays. For those of you that don’t know, couscous is a dietary staple throughout North Africa, hailing from
Morocco to . It’s delicious, nutritious, and incredibly easy to prepare. Egypt
1 package of medium-grained couscous (use only 2 cups)
2 cups of green peas
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Note: If you don't have a couscousiere, you can always just use a large pot and a colander.
Also, couscous can be made with vegetables, raisins, peas, other dried fruit and even almonds. I just chose to make it with green peas this time.
Wash the couscous in cold water and drain immediately. Let it rest in a strainer for ten minutes. Fill the bottom part of a couscousiere with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, spread the couscous in a large shallow pan and pour 1 tablespoon of oil over it. Using your fingertips, lift and rake the grains to separate them. This is done to break up any lumps that have formed.
IF the couscoussiere's seal isnt' tight: When the water boils, before putting the couscoussiere top in place, dampen a paper towel and place it across the circumference of the bottom part of the couscoussiere. This is done to effectively seal the couscoussiere, to make sure the steam goes right up through the couscous as opposed to through the sides.
Pour the couscous into the top part of the couscoussiere and steam for about 15 minutes. When it’s done steaming for the first time, spread it out into the large shallow pan again.
Fill a small bowl with 1 ¼ cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt; mix together. Gradually sprinkle the water over the couscous, while separating and stirring the grains gently with your hands. Set aside.
Pour the peas in the top part of the couscousiere, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and steam them for 10 -15 minutes.
When the peas are done, pour them into a serving bowl and add the butter to them.
Lastly, add two more tablespoons of oil to the couscous, and again lift and stir the grains gently. Steam the couscous one last time.
When its done, add the couscous to the peas and butter; stir them all together and serve.