This curried vegetable couscous recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy, and delicious dinner! It is super flavorful, full of nutritious vegetables, and pairs perfectly with a variety of main dishes if served as a side dish.
Couscous is a common ingredient for making delicious salads. And I absolutely love a fresh and tasty couscous salad during summer! But on cold days I often prefer warm dishes, and that’s when I go back to this healthy and tasty curried vegetable couscous recipe. It is the spicy stir fry version of a couscous salad that is super easy to make and simply perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner!
To make this curried vegetable couscous, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Couscous: This is one of the key ingredients in this recipe. Use regular couscous to make this curried vegetable couscous.
- Vegetables: This recipe calls for a variety of vegetables. You’ll need broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, garlic, frozen peas, and green onion.
- Spices: Curry powder, chili powder, paprika powder, ground cumin, and ground coriander give this couscous dish its distinct flavor. Don’t skip any of the spices as they are crucial for the taste of this dish.
- Water or vegetable broth: If you already have leftover vegetable broth you can use it for this dish. Otherwise, just go with water, the vegetable couscous tastes great either way!
How to make this curried vegetable couscous
This curried vegetable couscous recipe is super simple and absolutely fuss-free! Just follow these steps:
- Sauté the vegetables and toast the spices. Preheat some olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Then sauté the broccoli, carrot, bell pepper, and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add the peas and spices, and sauté for 1 more minute.
- Add the water and couscous. Next, add the water to the pot and heat it up. Then add the couscous, stir everything, cover the pot, turn off the stove and let the couscous sit for 5 minutes.
- Fluff the couscous, stir in the green onion and serve. Fluff the couscous and stir in the green onion. Season with more salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!
Variations and serving tips
You can definitely substitute some of the ingredients to modify the recipe according to your taste. Here are some ideas plus some additional serving tips:
- Vegetables: Even though I absolutely love the vegetables in this recipe, you can definitely choose other veggies! Just make sure you chop the vegetables in a way that they have the same cooking time. Otherwise, some of your veggies will end up mushy when you sauté them at the same time.
- Spices and herbs: If you want to make this dish spicier, feel free to add red pepper flakes. I use them for almost every dish. And if you want to add some fresh herbs, I recommend using parsley. It just complements any Mediterranean dish!
- Serve as a main dish: You can absolutely enjoy this vegetable couscous as a main dish. It is super filling and tastes great.
- Serve as a side dish: Another option is to serve the couscous as a side dish. I usually serve baked chicken thighs with it as they pair perfectly!
You can keep the couscous for 3-4 days in your refrigerator. If you reheat it in a pot, you might want to add a bit of water to the pot.
More delicious recipes
If you need more easy and healthy recipes, feel free to check out one of the following recipes. I love every single one of them!
- Kisir (Turkish Bulgur Salad)
- Curried Chickpea Salad
- Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
- Pesto Spaghetti Salad
- Mediterranean Potato Salad
Curried Vegetable Couscous
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 2 red bell peppers cut into dices
- 2 carrots cut into small dices
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ½ cup vegetable broth or water
- 1 cup couscous
- 1 cup green onion cut into slices
- ½ - 1 tablespoon red chili flakes
- Preheat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Then sauté the broccoli, red bell pepper, carrot, and garlic for 3-5 minutes.
- Add the peas and spices to the pot. Sauté for 1 minute.
- Pour the water into the pot and heat it up. Then add the couscous, stir everything, cover the pot, turn off the stove and let the couscous sit for 5 minutes.
- Fluff the couscous and stir in the green onion and red chili flakes. Season with more salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!