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  • Serves: 6 Servings

Couscous Pilaf with Saffron Cream

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Category: Indian

 Ingredients List

  • Pilaf:
  • 1 tb Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 ts Coriander seeds
  • 2/3 c Diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 ts Cayenne
  • 1/4 ts Ground cinnamon
  • 3 c Water or vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 c Uncooked couscous
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • 4 tb Chopped fresh mint
  • (or 2tbl chopped fresh
  • Thyme)
  • Saffron Cream:
  • 1/2 c Neufchatel cheese or cream
  • Cheese
  • 1/3 c Low-fat yogurt
  • pn Saffron threads -- crushed


Pilaf: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add coriander seeds and fry
until toasted. Stir in bell pepper, cayenne, and cinnamon; saute until
barely tender, about 4 minutes. Pour in water or stock and bring to a boil.
Stir in couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 10 to 15 minutes.

Couscous is ready when grains swell and liquid is absorbed. If liquid
remains, return to low heat briefly and cook until absorbed. Season with
S&P and mint (or thyme).

Saffron Cream: Combine neufchatel or cream cheese, yogurt, and saffron in a
blender or food processor. Blend until creamy. Serve on the side.

Per serving (with 1tbl Cream): Cal 141 / Prot 5g / Fat 5g / Carb 21g / Chol
8 mg / Sodium 219mg / Fiber 3g

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