Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chickpeas Couscous Paella/Vegan Chickpeas Paella with Couscous

Paella is a Spanish/Valencian dish with is usually prepared with rice. Many types of Paella exists from meat to seafood, mixed to vegetarian/vegan. However the original, traditional Paella recipe consists of white rice, green beans, white beans, meat and seasoning like saffron and rosemary.Some says that this dish is a Spanish's national dish but the real spanish peoples consider this rice dish as a regional Valencian dish. Paella is cooked usually in a special pan and it is cooked over open fire, fueled by orange, pine branches along with pine cones  gives an excellent aroma to this one pot meal. Since i dont want to go with the traditional paella, i googled to have look for a different paella that too without rice. I got hooked to this Chickpeas Couscous Paella which pulled me to give a try to this vegetarian version of Paella.

Chickpeas Couscous Paella,Vegetarian Paella

This filling vegetarian paella is completely vegan as i made few changes according to my tastebuds and vegetable available in my fridge. Obviously this dish is not a traditional one, but trust me with loads of vegetable and chickpeas this paella makes an excellent main course to enjoy with some meats or grilled vegetables. If you want to skip rice in your diet, couscous replace rice very well, hence this paella came out extremely prefect though i used fine quality couscous instead of medium sized ones. However you wont miss rice in this flavourful one pot meal, which came out absolutely colourful and stunning. Though the original recipe went with just bellpeppers,peas,carrots, i couldnt stop myself adding zucchini,aubergine/eggplant along with bellpeppers and carrots. Adding chickpeas give an incredible nutritious touch, it makes this simple one pot meal as a super healthy food. This vegan paella goes to this week's blogging marathon as am running Mega marathon with 5 ingredients for 5 weeks. Chickpeas are my main ingredient for this week's blogging marathon.

Couscous Chickpeas Paella, Vegetarian Paella

2cups Coucous
1no Large onion( diced)
1cup Red bell pepper (diced)
1no Eggplant (diced)
1cup Zucchini (diced)
3cups Chickpeas (cooked)
1/2cup Carrot (diced)
1/4tsp Saffron threads
1cup Tomatoes (diced)
1tbsp Garlic (minced)
2tsp Paprika powder
2cups Vegetable broth
1/2tsp Cayenne
Olive oil
Pepper powder

Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the diced onions and bell peppers and sauté until softened.

Add the minced garlic and paprika and sauté for a minute.

Add the  tomatoes, aubergine,zucchini, chickpeas, carrots, and sauté for a while.

Add the vegetable broth, saffron threads, cayenne,salt ,pepper powder and bring to boil.

Once its starts boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for few minutes.

Vegetarian Couscous Paella,Chickpeas Couscous Paella

Add the couscous into the mixture, cover, and cook for a minute.

Remove the pan from the stove and keep aside 5 minutes.

Fluff the couscous, cover, keep aside for an another 5 minutes.

Serve warm with your favourite meats or grilled vegetables.

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vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting to know about the cooking technique of the dish . I'm sure even the atmosphere would be filled with an awesome aroma ! Hard for us to cook that way , but you surely have adapted the recipe very well , looks very interesting .

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

This is a nice twist to the traditional paella recipe. Looks so nice..

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

Your veg version paella looks colorful and filling.

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Very interesting use of couscous in this paella.

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting recipe with couscous,looks delicious..

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

very nice.. Never tried paella.. thanks for the share.

Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

Good twist there ! I had paella in Dubai once n quite liked the flavours

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious pella aks, love the inclusions with so many veggies must be so filling also.

MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

This is a colorful paella and looks delicious

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Love this colorful and protein rich paella.

Smruti Ashar said... Reply To This Comment

Wow that is an awesome paella recipe! Loved the color of the final product!

Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

Love this veggie loaded paella...looks fantabulous

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

I love how the dish looks, never tried Coucous and nice to read about how its made. said... Reply To This Comment

Now I know what I can do with a pack of couscous, I bought recently. The dish looks quite colorful, filling and delicious

Archana said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious any filling and protein packed. Great share Priya.

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

I love couscous in any form and this looks too tempting. Healthy and tasty.

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

look at the colors of this one...gorgeous