Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous
* 1 large cauliflower (about 1 ½ pound of cauliflower florets)
* 5 ounces raw cashewnuts
* 3 ounces sultanas (gold raisins)
* 5 tablespoons olive oil
* 4 tablespoons lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons minced parsley
* 1/2 teaspoon za’atar
* 1/2 teaspoon cumin
* 1 garlic clove, crushed
* 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon zest
* salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Place the sultanas in a bowl and pour warm water over them. Leave the sultanas for about 15 minutes, until plump. Drain and discard the water.
2. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the cashewnuts and toast them for about 8 minutes, until lightly golden and gently charred. Stir frequently to make sure that cashewnuts do not burn. Let the cashewnuts cool. Cut the half of the cashewnuts into smaller pieces (or simply crush them with your hands).
3. Break the cauliflower into florets, making sure to leave behind as much of the stem as possible. Chop the florets into smaller pieces. Transfer the cauliflower into food processor in batches, and pulse until the pieces are finely chopped and resemble couscous. Be careful not to over-process.
4. In a large sauté pan, heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the cauliflower couscous to the pan and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
5. Remove the couscous from the heat and let it cool. Add the sultanas, cashewnuts, za’atar, cumin, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Leave the couscous for about 15 minutes for the flavors to combine. Serve at room temperature.
p.s. I learned the magic of turning the cauliflower into couscous from the following post by the fellow food52-er Sam1148. It became a foundation for many wonderful dishes. It even made my daughter eat cauliflower, for which I will be eternally grateful.