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Bento Recipes: Couscous


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Couscous is a semolina pasta, like spaghetti, but in small grains that look like coarse sand. It's incredibly quick and easy to prepare, too. Simply measure out an amount of couscous, add twice that amount of hot water or stock, mix, cover, and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Fluff it with a fork and it's ready to eat.

You can use plain couscous prepared with water as a bed for other dishes, but I like to use broth left over from soups and stews like iridori and niku jyaga. Pour that over some couscous, add little extra bits like frozen peas, shiitake mushrooms, etc., and you have a great side dish that's a snap to prepare.