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Turmeric Couscous With Grapes and Pine Nuts

This side dish is inspired by Middle-Eastern and Asian cuisines.

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
Turmeric Couscous With Grapes and Pine Nuts

Photography: Maria Robledo

Source: Body+Soul, October 2005


  • 2 green-tea bags
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric minced, or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 cup small seedless red grapes halved
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil shredded


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring two cups of water to a boil. Add tea bags. Remove from heat and steep tea for 2 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.

  2. Add salt, turmeric, and couscous to pan. Stir and cover. Simmer over very low heat for 5 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add lemon juice, garlic, and oil; fluff with a fork. Let it cool a bit.

  4. Stir in grapes and cucumber. Garnish with pine nuts and basil.

Reviews (4)

  • becklava 3 Nov, 2008

    It's the picture for the Cinnamon-spiced Moroccan chicken dish on the previous page. Don't know why they did that, but...

  • kkach 20 Oct, 2008

    The greens I'm assuming is the basil and the couscous and the cucumber are mixed with it. I don't know what the meat is but the yellow stuff looks like squash that would not be th e tumeric (I shutter if it is) FYI tumeric fresh looks like ginger root and you would grate it like ginger. It is very healthy fresh or powdered.

  • Bellamora 15 Aug, 2008

    Yes, you're right, it does look like meat! And what is the yellow stuff? Is it turmeric? I've never seen it other than in powder forrm. I know turmeric is good for arthrtis and in Colombia they sell it to help loose weight.

  • mlr 21 Jul, 2008

    I'm not sure about that picture....looks like meat. I don't see any couscous...?

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