Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Apricot Couscous

(Kayisili Kuskus)

Apricot Couscous
1/2 cup couscous (Acini di Pepe works)
1 small onion, chopped
4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup hot water
3 dry apricots, soak the apricots in water overnight, cut in small pieces
2 tbsp pistachios, peeled
2 tbsp almonds, blanched, sliced
1 tsp dry mint
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sugar

Saute the onion with olive oil. Add the couscous and saute about 2-3 minutes. Add the water, apricots, cinnamon, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for about 8-10 minutes over medium-low heat. Turn the heat off, cover the lid. Let it rest for 20 minutes and at the end, all the water will evaporate. Toss in the pistachios, almonds and mint. Stir with a fork and serve while still warm or cold later on.

Makes 2 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Shrimp Kebab, Tahini Bread and Turkish Tea.



At 7:08 PM, Blogger lifestream87 said...

I tried this recipe and honestly I was somewhat disappointed. Perhaps I didn't cook it properly but it tasted bland in comparison to some of your other recipes. I also used very little salt. I had this with the Sesame Seed Chicken, Chickpea Pilaf and Mushroom Soup.

Any suggestions?

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I'd love to help but I don't know exactly what went wrong. You should use the same amount of salt you normally use:) This is not different than the Couscous Pilaf, or rice pilaf. Salt and sweet should give balance to each other. It is a very rich dish with apricot, almond, pistachio....Your menu is quite good but I would prefer either rice or couscous:)

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds very LOVELY:) will try it out 2morrw, ty!


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