Curried Apple Couscous

  • 4 TB unsalted butter
  • 1 TB curry powder
  • 2 medium crisp apples, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup dried currants
  • 3 scallions, trimmed, sliced lengthwise and finely chopped
  • 1 cup couscous, whole wheat or regular
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Small handful of fresh mint, chopped

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt 3 TB butter and add the curry powder and a pinch of salt. Stir and cook for one minute to heat spices. Stir in the chopped apples and cook for about 3 minutes until the apples are softened and have absorbed the curry butter. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan over medium-high heat, add the remaining 1 TB butter and the scallions. Let them soften for 30 seconds or so, then add water and salt. Bring to a boil, stir in the couscous and currants, cover and remove from heat. Steam for 5-10 minutes until the water is absorbed then fluff with a fork. Stir in the apples, pine nuts and chopped mint. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground pepper and more curry powder, if desired.

Adapted from 101 cookbooks