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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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.