Friday, April 23, 2010

Coconut Israeli Couscous

I can't believe I haven't shared this one already. Its another favorite from the cooking class I took last year. Its simple, fast and oh so delicious. The only catch is that it only works with Israeli couscous, not the regular variety. The Israeli version is slightly larger and what with the absorption, etc, regular couscous doesn't set up as well. Anyway, like you needed another excuse to shop at Trader Joe's, right? This is a tasty side dish, slightly on the sweet side.
It would pair really nicely with a spicy main dish.

Here it is, in the middle. Makes my mouth water a little remembering this meal.

1 (14 oz)can coconut milk (I use Trader Joe's light coconut milk)
1 cup chicken broth (don't use reduced sodium)
1 1/4 cups Israeli Couscous (I use the 8oz box from Trader Joe's)
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp sliced green onions, cut on the bias

Bring broth and coconut milk to a boil. Add couscous. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes and then cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and generously salt to your liking. Add cilantro and green onion, serve immediately!!

* really, serve immediately. Its not nearly as good room temperature.