Tabouleh


Tabouleh is a kind of salad made from Couscous. Couscous is made from wheat. Its structure is a little bit like that of grits. Tabouleh is a typical North African/Arabic dish. What I particularly like about it is that it’s a light and tasty dish. Give it a try! Oh, and if you are wondering about where to buy the couscous: You’ll find it in most supermarkets nowadays, if not try an Arabic specialty store or a bio supermarket like WholeFoods.

Ingredients:

1 cup couscous (there are different styles: plain, whole wheat, seasoned, you can use any of them)

250 ml veggie or chicken stock (the easiest is to dissolve a cube or stock powder in boiling water)

1 cucumber

1 yellow bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1-2 tomatoes

1 spring onion or small red onion

juice of 1 lemon

a few table spoons of olive oil

30g raisins (optional)

Seasoning: fresh parsley, fresh mint (optional), salt, pepper, cumin (optional), ground turmeric

Preparation:

1) Clean, peel and chop up the veggies in little dice. Season with salt & pepper. Mix with a few spoons of olive oil and the lemon juice.

2) Boil the water and dissolve the veggie or chicken stock in it. As soon as it is boiling, place it off the stove and pour over the couscous (pour in just a little more water than couscous). I usually have the couscous ready in a small bowl as the cup would not be big enough. Let it soak up for about 5 min.

3) Now mix the couscous with the veggies and raisins (optional) in a bowl. Add the fresh parsley. If you prefer a stronger taste, replace the parsley with mint and season with cumin. I sometimes also add turmeric to give the couscous some color (only if you use plain or whole grain couscous).

4) Serve immediately with chicken kebabs or other meat.  Can also be eaten cold as a salad and stored in the fridge for a few days.

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