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What to make with couscous, garbanzo beans and curry

Couscous is pasta made from semolina flour and pairs perfectly with curry and garbanzo beans.


What to make with couscous, garbanzo beans and curry

Curried Garbanzo Beans and Couscous


Curried Garbanzo Beans and Couscous

Ingredients
2 - 15 ounce cans garbanzo beans
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 yellow onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground curry
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon preserved lemons


Directions

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and sauté onions, garlic, and spices. Stir in beans and preserved lemons. Heat for 5 minutes and serve over couscous.


About Couscous

To the Amazigh or Berber people, spices are very important to every couscous dish. If there is no spice then it is not a Berber dish. Couscous is often mistakenly called rice but it is actually pasta made up of tiny pearls of wheat dough made from durum wheat.

Spices are the most important ingredient in Berber cooking; the most commonly used spices are cinnamon and cardamom. The chief food is couscous made of millet-flour kneaded with milk. 

The flour is ground between two stones placed one on the top of the other, the upper one having one or two handles by which it can be moved around. Couscous and Tagines are the principal dishes for every day, special feasts and celebrations.

Semolina flour is ground from durum wheat and is usually used to make pasta. Couscous, often mistakenly called rice, but it is actually pasta made up of tiny pearls of wheat dough made from durum wheat. 


Durum wheat is very hard wheat with high protein content. Its density, combined with its high protein content and gluten strength, make durum the wheat of choice for producing premium pasta products.

Pasta made from durum is firm with consistent cooking quality. Durum kernels are amber-colored and larger than those of other wheat classes. Also unique to durum is its yellow endosperm, which gives the pasta its golden hue. 


One cup of cooked couscous has about 176 calories compared to 221 calories in one cup of cooked elbow pasta, and 360 calories in one cup of cooked brown rice. 

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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.