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Recipe: Mendo’s Signature Curried Couscous


As prepared by Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market, a restaurant at Uptown Park.


  • 1 box Israeli couscous or orzo
  • 1 head cauliflower, florets broken into pieces
  • 1 Tbs curry powder
  • 1 Tbs turmeric
  • 1 Tbs cumin, ground
  • 1 Tbs coriander, ground
  • 1/2 Tbs salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbs brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs oil
  • 2 small carrots, peeled, small dice
  • 1 cup vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

*cayenne, sugar, and salt to taste


Cook off couscous or orzo according to the instructions on the box. Rinse in cold water, drain well, put in a bowl and set aside.

Heat oven to 450°F. Put cauliflower florets in a bowl and toss with spices, salt, brown sugar,
and oil. Spread out on a line sheet tray and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes until
cauliflower is browned around the edges but still crunchy. Remove just the cauliflower and
put in the bowl with the pasta.

Put diced carrots on the same sheet tray and, using spatula, toss the carrots with the leftover
spices and oil. Roast carrots until brown around the edges but still crunchy, about 8 minutes.
(If you find that the spices and oil got too burnt when roasting the cauliflower, just toss the
carrots in the same proportion of new spices, salt, sugar, and oil.) Add to the pasta.

Mix in vegenaise, cilantro, lime juice to the pasta, cauliflower and carrot mixture. Adjust
seasoning to desired consistency, flavor, and spice level.