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Tahini String Beans over Couscous
Another favorite dish from the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship.
Total time: 45 minutes-1-½ hours
Couscous: 30 minutes-1-½ hours, depending on recipe used
Vegetables and dressing: 45 minutes
5 cups couscous
2 lbs. string beans, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-2" pieces
6 tbsp. tahini
3 tbsp. water
6 tbsp. sour cream
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped onions
3 tbsp. garlic
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. oregano
1 cup red or green bell pepper, seeded, finely chopped
6 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

Cook the couscous according to the package instructions, or according to the more detailed and more satisfactory technique outlined in the couscous recipes found elsewhere in this book.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. In small batches, blanch the string beans for one minute, until they turn bright green. Remove from the pot and plunge into a bath of cold water to stop the cooking process, then drain and set aside. Let the water in the pot return to a boil before blanching each subsequent batch.

Mix together the tahini and water, then blend in the sour cream, and set aside.

In a large wok or frying pan over medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic, stirring constantly, until golden. Add the salt, pepper, herbs and spices, and sauté for another minute. Add the chopped bell pepper and string beans, and continue to sauté until just tender.

Spread the couscous out onto a large serving dish, top with the vegetables, drizzle over the tahini dressing, and garnish with chopped parsley.