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Toasted Pearl Couscous with Apricots & Pistachios

This comes from what I believe is the first cookbook I ever owned! Gifted to me by my mum, it’s called ‘5 Ingredient Fix’ by Claire Robinson, and it was indeed a good way to get started cooking, as every recipe is no more than 5 ingredients. 

This one is a taste explosion, you’d never guess it has only 5 ingredients, and you will love the unusual combination of the nutty toasted couscous with the dried apricots and the pistachios. 

It’s just delicious. 

To make a full meal out of it I make chicken on the side- Miso chicken (there is another post on this) to be exact. You could go one step further and put it all on a bed of lightly dressed greens. 

Toasted Pearl Couscous with Apricots & Pistachios
Serves 2
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  1. A large glug of olive oil
  2. 2 cups pearl couscous
  3. ¼ cup roasted shelled unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  4. 1 ¼ cups hot water
  5. Salt & pepper to taste
  6. 6 dried apricots chopped
  7. 2 scallions, sliced
  8. ½ teaspoon curry powder
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. When hot, add the couscous and pistachios and cook, stirring, until toasted and light brown. This should take about 10 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn!
  2. Once toasty, add the curry powder, water, salt and pepper, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid, stir in the apricots and scallions, taste, and adjust the seasoning.
Adapted from 5 Ingredient Fix
Adapted from 5 Ingredient Fix
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  1. Quick Miso Chicken - Victoria's Kitchen

    December 18, 2016 at 12:20 am

    […] recommended on top of the pearl couscous dish (and actually in the photo it’s on top of […]

  2. Clém

    December 20, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Hi! Do you know where to find pearl couscous in Brussels? Haven’t been able to find it so far… 🙁

    Thanks! xx

    • Victoria Breck

      December 29, 2016 at 3:25 am

      Hey!! They have something very similar at Flagey market (Italian version Fregola), but I confess I bought this pearl couscous in Cologne. Next time I go I’ll bring you back some! or make Felix bring it back!! XXX

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