Monday, 3 May 2010

Lemon couscous

This dish is very new for me. I tried it only recently. The reason for trying this dish is my friend and collegue named Sascha. He prepared a similar dish with couscous. The dish was very attractive for me because the individual coucous grains were seperate and they looked lovely. It tasted great too. Before, I have tasted couscous a few times but I did not like it. But Sascha's preparation was awesome and so I enquired about the recipe.  He explained to me how he prepared and I modified it to suit my Indian taste buds. Need not to say, the recipe turned out great. I have become a huge fan of it. Try it and  I am sure if you prepare it this way you will love it.

To say a few words about couscous, it is nothing but broken wheat which is processed in a special way. If you ask whether it is healthy.....I think all foods are healthy until you maintain your limits :). It has lots of selenium which is an anti-oxidant. It is low on fat. But it is more or less like a pasta and has a high glycemic index. Hence it is not suitable for diabetic people and non-diabetics can enjoy this ocassionally. It is a perfect dish  for young children to meet their extreme energy needs. This is how I prepared lemon couscous :

Ingredients :
Couscous- 1 cup
Water- 1 cup
Lemon- 1/2 of one lemon (depends on how big the lemon you use is, adjust according to your taste)
Onion- one small one or 4 pearl onions
Green chillies- 4 nos
Ginger- a very small piece
Fresh coriander leaves- 2 tbspns (minced finely)
Saffron- few strands (optional, for the colour)
Turmeric- 1/4 tspn
Mustard, jeers and channa dhal - 1/2 tspn each for tempering
Oil- preferably olive oil or seasame oil
Silvered almonds- 2 tbspns
Salt to taste

I used the quick-cook version of couscous. It gets cooked in a few minutes. Boil one cup of water. Switch off the stove. Squeeze in lemon juice, add 1 tablespoon of oil and few saffron strands to the boiled, piping hot water. Now empty one cup of couscous into the hot water and close the bowl with a plate. After 3 minutes open the bowl. Now the couscous would have absorbed all the water. With a fork stir well to make the couscous fluffy. Now heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan. When the oil becomes hot add channa dhal. When the channa dhal browns add mustard and jeera seeds. Let them splutter. Now add cut onions, green chilles, minced ginger pieces and turmeic powder. Saute for a minute. Add enough salt. Now empty the already cooked couscous in the pan. Switch off the stove and mix them well. Let it stand in that heat for sometime. Garnish with minced coriander leaves and silvered almonds. Very tasty lemon couscous will be ready to be served. Serve hot or cold.

Taste enhancing tips for this recipe : For one cup of couscous I used on cup of water. But remember that I used a quick-cook version. Make sure you too buy the same. The instruction on the packet said, for one cup of couscous add two cups of water. But when I first prepared like that it became sticky. So one cup of boiled water is enough to cook one cup of couscous. I added saffron for the colour it imparts. The main part is the amount of watre to use and I hope I clarified it. You need not have to cook the couscous for a longer time in the pan. Remember the couscous is already cooked. You are just tempering it with onions and other ingredients. The main point is to make the couscous fluffy and not mushy. If you succeed in it then the dish will turn awesome. Happy cooking !!! and have a beautiful week ahead!!


  1. Lemon couscous sounds truly interesting, thanks for sharing..will try out soon..

  2. Wooow nice lemonny couscous dear..i like couscous very much usually cook like our uppuma n salad with lot of peanuts in that taste good...

  3. Couscous is new for me still, havent tried but have heard lots abt it...your recipe is really very nice to try this at once...looks delicious..

  4. Manju,

    lemon coucous looks really yummy. Sure i will add some lemon juice when i make pickle next time.

  5. Hi manju..welcome to the blogging world. I se that even you are new to this space... Great to be on your blog :) and yes very nice recipe...taste of almonds lemon safforn together...must be awesome

  6. Thank you for the nice comments you always leave in my blog. Couscous is something I make very often. I liked the inclusion of saffron a lot.The couscous looks very colorful with the nuts. Its always nice to recreate the recipe we often enjoy.In fact that is what I do most of the time.

  7. Sounds healthy and delicious..

  8. Hi Manju,
    Good try of couscous with an indian style. Looks great.

  9. Wow this sounds delicious. First time here . You have a lovely space.

  10. healthy food nice one ..if u get a chance do stop by at my blog

  11. it looks so healthy n yummy too...btw, hv tried ur vada recipe and turned out awesome..will post the pic on my blog soon...thnks for the care.

  12. Welcome Sayali, FoodLovers and Nisha :)

    Thank you friends for your nice words here :)

    Suman I am super excited to see your post :) Thanks a lot..........

  13. First time here...
    U have a wonderful space with delicious and healthy recipes...

    couscous sounds interesting and healthy too...