Exotic Spiced Couscous, Red Lentil & Pepper Salad
And the good thing about it is- that it is quick, easy and inexpensive to make... so what have you got to lose? Nothing! But you have a wonderful, light and Summery evening meal and a lot of fun to gain if you give it a go!
For the peppers, which were regular mild red peppers, I cut it into a very fine dice- I needed about a cupful in all. I sprinkled them with salt, coarsely-ground black pepper, a little sugar and a little olive oil and sautéed it for just a minute or so, until it developed a nice glaze and lost a bit of that extreme "rawness" and became a little "smoother" in flavor.
I stirred them in well, added the juice of half a lemon, a squeeze of honey and a shot of Tabasco. The lentils didn't take much longer than 4-5 minutes to cook, and whilst I set them to one side, ready for serving, I squeezed the other half of lemon into my pan, added a teaspoon of Ras el Hanout rouge powder, a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper and a tablespoon of honey and stirred these vigorously with a wooden spoon to make a nice, hot, vinaigrette- delicious!
Using my serving rings, I first set out the couscous, which I pressed down firmly and followed this swiftly with the lovely red lentils, then last but not least the ruby red peppers... mmmh! I added a little of the dressing/reduction, a garnish of mint and chives- and yes indeed- dinner was served! So buon appetito! Hope you give it a go and hope you enjoy it too!!