Ground Beef Couscous with Almonds

Easy to whip up and tastes extremely delicious…

I love couscous and admire how it can be mixed with almost anything: veggies, chicken, shrimp, beef, nuts, fruits etc etc.On busy days and lazy days, couscous comes in super handy to me. The good thing is that couscous dishes make a complete meal when it is combined with your favorite veggies or meat. I even made a breakfast dish using couscous and dates, so any time of the day couscous is just delicious. I am the kind of person who doesn’t like to repeat any dishes over and over. Even while making my favorite dish, I tweak a bit the next time I make it. Had it not been for such a nature, my blog would have been buried somewhere deep.

Last week, when I had to make couscous, I was willing to add anything other than shrimp and chicken. Ground beef was in my freezer and so I combined ground beef and couscous. I even sprinkled some toasted almonds into the cooked couscous which added a nutty and crunchy flavor to the dish. It was so flavorful that gave me the feel of having biryani. A complete meal whipped up so easily, after that I was seen busy gobbling up.

Ground Beef Couscous

Ingredients:

  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Bay leaves- 2
  • Cloves, whole- 2
  • Cardamom, whole- 2
  • Cinnamon- 1 inch, broken into small pieces
  • Ginger, minced- 1 tsp
  • Garlic, minced- 1 tsp
  • Green chili, chopped- 2
  • Onion, chopped small- 1
  • Ground beef- 1/2 pound
  • Mixed veggies: carrot, corn, beans and peas (frozen or fresh)- 1 cup
  • Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder- 3/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Couscous- 1 cup
  • Salt- to taste
  • Toasted skinless almonds, cut thin (optional)- 1/2 cup

Instruction

  • Place a large pan over medium heat, add oil.
  • When the oil gets hot; add bay leaves, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, saute for a second.
  • Add ginger, garlic and chilies, saute for a minute.
  • Add onion, little salt and saute till tender.
  • Add the mixed veggies and ground beef to the onion.
  • Using your spoon, gently break the ground beef.
  • Cook covered till the ground beef has cooked well.
  • Open the lid and saute till the beef turns light brown in color.
  • Add garam masala, chili powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, salt saute for a few seconds and combine everything well.
  • Add 1 cup of water and cilantro to the ground beef mixture.
  • Let the water come to a boil.
  • Add couscous to the boiling water.
  • Cover the pan with its lid and remove from the heat.
  • Let stand for 3 minutes.
  • In a small pan, toast the almonds(skinless) till golden in color.
  • Open the lid and combine the couscous and the ground beef using a fork.
  • Sprinkle the toasted almonds over the cooked couscous.
  • Serve hot along with Raita or Pickle.

Tips:

  • Adjust the spice level according to your needs.

 

Ground Beef Couscous with Almonds
 
Ingredients
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Bay leaves- 2
  • Cloves, whole- 2
  • Cardamom, whole- 2
  • Cinnamon- 1 inch, broken into small pieces
  • Ginger, minced- 1 tsp
  • Garlic, minced- 1 tsp
  • Green chili, chopped- 2
  • Onion, chopped small- 1
  • Ground beef- ½ pound
  • Mixed veggies: carrot, corn, beans and peas (frozen or fresh)- 1 cup
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Chili powder- ¾ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Couscous- 1 cup
  • Salt- to taste
  • Toasted skinless almonds, cut thin (optional)- ½ cup
Instructions
  1. Place a large pan over medium heat, add oil.
  2. When the oil gets hot; add bay leaves, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, saute for a second.
  3. Add ginger, garlic and chilies, saute for a minute.
  4. Add onion, little salt and saute till tender.
  5. Add the mixed veggies and ground beef to the onion.
  6. Using your spoon, gently break the ground beef.
  7. Cook covered till the ground beef has cooked well.
  8. Open the lid and saute till the beef turns light brown in color.
  9. Add garam masala, chili powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, salt saute for a few seconds and combine everything well.
  10. Add 1 cup of water and cilantro to the ground beef mixture.
  11. Let the water come to a boil.
  12. Add couscous to the boiling water.
  13. Cover the pan with its lid and remove from the heat.
  14. Let stand for 3 minutes.
  15. In a small pan, toast the almonds(skinless) till golden in color.
  16. Open the lid and combine the couscous and the ground beef using a fork.
  17. Sprinkle the toasted almonds over the cooked couscous.
  18. Serve hot along with Raita or Pickle.
Notes
•Adjust the spice level according to your needs.

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