Cous Cous Upma
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon minced gingerroot
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, minced
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 2 cups green beans
- 4 firm, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups water
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 1 2/3 cups cous cous
- Fresh lemon juice
- Minced fresh cilantro
In a deep nonstick skillet set over moderate heat, warm the oil until it is hot.
Add the mustard and cumin seeds, and cook, stirring, 1-minute. Add the gingerroot and garlic, and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add the onion and green bell pepper to the seasonings and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
Add the green beans, tomatoes, and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes more. Add the water, bouillon cube, and salt, to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring, and add cous cous. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Before serving, stir in lemon juice and cilantro.
Recipe courtesy Easy Exotic by Padma Lakshmi