Spicy Curried Couscous with Kidney beans and Vegetables


Today I thought of making some thing simple – meaning cooking couscous is so easy, just boil the water and add couscous and let stand.  This is kind of a one pot meal that can be eaten for lunch or dinner.  Also a good recipe to pack in a lunch box for office.


  • ¼ dried red beans
  • 3 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 small red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 cups torn kale leaves – stems removed
  • 1 cup soy chunks
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon spicy chili sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2/3 cup couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper (optional)


  • I used soaked and squeezed out soy chunks which I used for the recipe Thai Style Soy Chunk curry.  So the 1 cup I mentioned was soaked and drained soy chunks and not the dry soy chunks.
  • Soak red beans overnight and cook until tender (I cooked in pressure cook which needed about 15 whistles)
  • In a covered saucepan bring 1 cup water, olive oil and salt to a boil
  • Turn off flame and add couscous and mix lightly and cover and let stand.  Fluff with a fork
  • Add cooking oil to a skillet and when hot, add red and green bell pepper and sauté until slightly charred.  Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add rest of the cooking oil and sauté kale until leaves are wilted and cooked.
  • Add soy chunks, cooked beans, chili sauce, chili powder and ¼ water to the skillet and cover and cook stirring occasionally on low flame until all the water is absorbed.
  • Add sauteed kale, and bell peppers to the skillet and mix well.
  • Add cooked couscous to the vegetables and season with salt.
  • If needed, add ground black pepper
  • Yields: 2 main dishes

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