Friday 8 November 2013

Lemon Couscous – Indian Style/Lemon Couscous Recipe/How to make Lemon Couscous Recipe with step by step photos

Couscous is a traditional Berber [kind of food eaten in North Africa] dish of semolina which is cooked by steaming. It is traditionally served with meat or vegetables. Couscous is a staple food throughout the North African cuisines of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya. The process of manufacturing couscous is labour-intensive. The semolina is sprinkled with water and rolled with the water and rolled with hands to form small pellets, sprinkled with dry flour to keep them separate and then sieved. Any pellets which are too small to be finished granules of couscous and fall through the sieve are again rolled and sprinkled with dry semolina and rolled into pellets. [Info source: Wikipedia]. These pellets are packed and sold in the shop as couscous. Here I have prepared the same couscous with Indian spices and lemon juice. This lemon couscous can be had for lunch with any vegetable stir fry or for dinner with just pickles. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Breakfast Recipes here.

Here’s how to make Lemon Couscous with step by step photos…
1 cup
Green chillies
2 or 3 slit lengthwise
1 “ piece finely chopped
Mustard seeds/Kadugu
½ tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
½ tsp
Urad dal/Ullundhu
1 tsp
Chana dal/Kadalai Paruppu
1 tsp
As needed
Lemon juice
2 tbsp or from half lemon
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
2 tsp
Curry leaves
Preparation Time: 10 minutes                              Recipe Category: Breakfast
Cooking Time: 20 minutes                                     Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Cook the couscous according to instructions given in the pack. I have also given the instructions below. This is how couscous looks.

Heat 1 ½ cups of water with salt in a sauce pan. Add the couscous when it comes to rolling boil. Stir, cover and cook for 5 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed.

Switch off the stove and let it stand for 5 minutes.

Fluff the couscous with fork to separate the grains and keep it aside for later.

Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds, now add cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves and fry until the dal turn to light brown color. Now add the green chillies, ginger and saute well.

Add salt, lemon juice, turmeric powder, mix well and switch off the stove.

Now add the cooked couscous and stir well so that all the masala is mixed thoroughly.

Tadaa !!! Delicious Lemon Couscous – Indian Style is ready to be enjoyed.

Serve it hot with bowl of sambar or just with some spicy pickle.

  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice according to your taste.
  • You can add some cashew nuts or peanuts along with the dals when tempering the mustards.

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  1. You have given a very intro to this priya.Lovely share with indian blend.

  2. It look like the food I like, veg Dalits poha kind of stuff... But I don't no where to buy it...
    U have such a versatile food blog
    Keep in touch,

  3. Looks nice and loved the indian touch

  4. Good one, Priya. Your post having very detailed, easy to follow instructions.

  5. An entirely new dish.. dnt knw if its available here. They looked little like Dalia..

  6. Very healthy Recipe indeed .

  7. Have nvr tried any recipe with coucuis... Looks tempting ...

  8. Perfectly made.try this soon

  9. Indian version of Couscous. Seems so creative...

  10. healthy lemon couscous, love it!!!

  11. love the Indianised version of couscous :) so well prepared wish I can have it right away

  12. This is something different Recipe :)

  13. Never tried the couscous in this the indian touch!!

  14. Love the look of lemon couscous, thanks for introducing new dishes

  15. Interesting.. :) Lemony version looks awesome .. :) U rock!

  16. Nice twist to couscous dish...tangy and flavorful dish

  17. ஆஹா, பார்க்கவே ஜோரா இருக்குது. பசியைக்கிளப்புது. அருமையான படங்கள் + எளிமையான செய்முறைகள். பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றிகள்.

  18. Thank you very much friends for your encouraging and lovely comments....

  19. Healthy with yummy taste. Thanks for linking.


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