Indian Beef Stir Fry with Couscous

This stir fry is loosely based on this recipe from Madhur Jaffrey. I highly recommend picking up one of her cookbooks, which take the intimidation out of Indian cooking and make it easy, fun, and best of all, delicious.

The couscous was my own creation and I found that the chickpeas and lemon juice play well off each other. To add a little more color to the plate, I used tricolor couscous. The spinach and tomato used to make the tricolor doesn’t change the taste, but it looks much more interesting.

Indian Beef Stir Fry with Couscous

For the Stir Fry:

  • 1 1/4 pound flank steak, cut into 1/4″ strips
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp veggie oil
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

For the Couscous:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 15 oz chickpeas
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Prepare the couscous per package instructions and add the salt, pepper, and olive oil to the water.

Meanwhile, combine the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric and vinegar with two tbsp of water. Stir and set aside.

Over medium-high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet. When the oil is heated, add the mustard seeds until they pop. Stir in the onion and pepper and cook until the veggies are browned. Remove the veggies from the skillet and set aside, keep warm.

Cook the steak strips in the skillet with the garlic until it is cooked through. Drain any excess fat if need be and pour the spice mixture over the meat and return the veggies to the pan.  Add the Worcestershire sauce and combine thoroughly.

Saute the spinach with some oil until it starts to wilt. When the couscous is cooked, add in the chickpeas, spinach, lemon juice, and garlic. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Stir until the ingredients are well combined, serve the stir fry over the couscous.

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