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Ever since I tasted the Israeli couscous at Trader Joe's a year ago, I have been making them more often. Sometimes I try out new flavo...

Couscous Pulao: An Israeli Indian Fusion

Ever since I tasted the Israeli couscous at Trader Joe's a year ago, I have been making them more often. Sometimes I try out new flavors with it apart from the recipe on the back of the box. For dinner I used the couscous with Indian spices and made a nut and fruit garnished pulao. What I love about this pulao is that,it has a crunch from the nuts, a sweetness from the raisins, a salty and spicy taste from the couscous which comes together in perfect harmony.

Cutting Board
Heavy bottom pan
Measuring cups and spoons

Israeli Couscous - 1 1/2 cups
Vegetable Broth - 1 3/4 cup
Onion - 1
Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic Powder - 1/2 tsp
Mint Leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Cloves - 3
Cardamom Pods - 2
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Almonds - 1/2 cup
Slithered Raisins - 1/4 cup
Butter - 2 tbsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp


1. Heat the heavy bottom vessel with 1 tbsp of butter. Lightly roast the almonds and remove it from the pan and place in a bowl.

2. Add another tbsp of butter, olive oil and diced onions to the pan and cook the onions until it turns transparent. Add the ginger, garlic powder, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, mint, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and pepper and cook until all the flavors are infused.

3. Add the couscous and roast it until it looks slightly toasted. Add the vegetable broth and raisins, turn the flame to med low, cover and cook until all the liquid is absorbed.

4. Serve with warm as a part of a meal or you can feast on the couscous alone like I did.


  1. really very healthy and tasty pulao dear! luks gr8!

  2. wow this couscous pulao looks gr8 ...never make any dish with couscous ...bought some last week ...must try this soon though i am not having mint leaves now but is it ok with out mint flavor in the dish ??....happy weekend dear



  3. Couscous looks very delicious .Love the pearly texture.Definitely bookmarked.

  4. your couscous looks perfect...awesome clicks.

  5. Recipe sounds great. Never tried couscous, will try it sometime.


  6. Sounds and looks great,never tasted this so far!

  7. Looks delectable, good way to eat couscous.

  8. Fabulous...healthy and yumm too

  9. Never cooked couscous before. Dish looks tasty.

  10. U have a very innovative site here Srimathi, I just browsed thru several of ur posts & found many interesting recipes. Will keep coming back for more.

  11. Couscous pulao looks delicious, love the pic!

  12. Besutiful clicks sri ... love it ..

  13. Hi...this is really interesting and yummy dish, never tried couscous though...