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Moroccan pearl couscous pilaf

Serves: 6
Prep: 5
Cook: 20

    Add a vegan twist to a traditionally cheese based recipe... The pearl couscous in this spiced pilaf provides a firm and flavourful texture.


    • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1 red capsicum, diced
    • 2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp curry powder
    • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
    • 2 cobs corn, hulled and kernels removed
    • 1 zucchini, grated
    • 250g packet pearl couscous
    • 2 tbs tomato paste, salt-reduced
    • 2 cups vegetable stock, salt-reduced
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves


    1. Heat oil in a heavy based saucepan and saute onion and capsicum until soft.
    2. Add spices, corn and zucchini. Saute for a further minute.
    3. Stir through couscous, tomato paste and stock.
    4. Bring mixture to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    5. Stir through coriander and serve as a side dish. Serves 6.


    • 250g corn kernels, with no added salt, can be used in place of fresh corn if these aren't readily available.

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