I used Isreali Couscous from Trader Joe’s in this recipe. Isreali Couscous is also called pearl couscous or maftoul. It is larger than traditional couscous, pasta-like pearls made from wheat flour.
This is ready in less than 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. As we are cooking in under pressure, I also reduced the amount of water added to cook it to 1:1 ratio. You can also replace and use broth for cooking. I used the whole packet which was about 1 3/4 cup. It easily serves 3-4.
Preparing Couscous Pulao in Instant Pot
I followed the procedure similar to rice pulao, but reduced the spices used. Start with heating the instant pot in sauté mode, and add the bay leaves and onions. Saute for a couple of minutes and add veggies of your choice. I added red bell peppers and grated carrots. Add the couscous and water/broth.
Change the instant pot setting to Manual or Pressure Cook mode at high pressure. Set it to just 2 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, do 10 minutes NPR, which means release the pressure manually after 10 minutes of beeping. If you are using another brand of couscous, I suggest to adjust the cooking time to one half of the recommend time on the package.
Vegetable Couscous is ready. Garnish with cilantro or parsley, and enjoy it.
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Couscous & Vegetable Medley - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- Heat the instant pot in sauté mode and add olive oil to it.
- Add the bay leaves and onions. Sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add the bell peppers and carrots. Sauté for one more minute.
- Add the couscous, water, garam masala and salt. Stir well.
- Change the instant pot setting to manual mode for 2 minutes.
- When the instant pot beeps, do 10 minutes NPR. This means release the pressure manually 10 minutes after the beep.
- Fluff the couscous, it is fully cooked. Mix in the lemon juice. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.
- Prepare with vegetables of your choice. I used bell peppers, carrots and onions, which I had at home. Other options are cauliflower, broccoli, edamame and green peas.
- If you like, you can add more spices, I wanted to keep the spices light so my daughter could eat it.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.