Simple Summer Couscous

Simple Summer Couscous
Summer Couscous
How many of you have seen the Night at the Museum 2 where Frank Azaria comes as Kahmunrah and lisps his way through the movie, adding to the fun & comedy of it?
Here is a famous line (at least chez moi) in which he says of Owen Wilson who is a miniature cowboy, “ Why, you are no bigger than a grain of Couscous” My son imitates that line to the little one (his sister) and for some reason this sets her off into great peals of laughter, which in turn causes the ripple effect of chuckles from the rest of us J
Couscous
Never really tried making couscous so far since I have always had it as a cold dish with parsley (the cilantro impersonator to the not-so keen eye, or nose) and has the one middle-eastern/ Mediterranean dish I have not much cared for. But sometime in the last year I have bought some couscous from Trader Jo’s and a little rummaging in the pantry brought forth an pristine, unopened box of couscous. This is nice! I am trying to get back on the healthy eating track after months of summer binging on delicious yet not so waist-friendly foods. I decided I’d make it as interesting and Indian as possible without compromising on its origins J The verdict from me is, HELLO & WOW, Where have you been all my life, Cous dearest! (And try saying that with a lisp for added humor )P
So here is my simple summer couscous recipe  – 250 guilt free calories for this meal (:
Ingredients
½ cup of couscous for 2 portions
1 cup of water
1 tsp olive oil
Mustard seeds (optional)
Urad Dal (optional)
2 green chilies/jalapenos (fresh from my garden)
3-4 sage leaves (fresh from my garden)
1 sprig of spring onions (fresh from my garden)
2 tbsp grated coconut
½ handful of roasted peanuts, crushed to a fine powder
Salt
Preparation
Bring water to boil with salt and ½ tsp of olive oil.
Add the couscous and cook for about 6-8 minutes
In a pan, sauté in1/2 tsp of olive oil, the chilies & sage.
Add the cooked couscous
Top with grated coconut and turn
Next add the crushed peanuts and turn again until all of the ingredients are finely blended
Serve hot with some tomato chutney (recipe for this to follow)
Couscous
With Tomato Chutney :)
Skills

Posted on

August 11, 2011

50 Comments

  1. couscous looks yummy and delish!…good for a light evening meal!

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  2. Hiya
    Came across your site through others..and like it a lot..happ to follow you, and might even whip up something fenugreek-y for your event:-)

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  3. U say simple but I say it's fab and one great dish

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  4. Delicious looking coucsous. Great clicks.
    Deepa

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  5. i adore couscous! roasted peanuts sound fabulous with this!

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  6. Delicious. I have been hearing abt couscous and its health benefits I really need to search of it now.

    Delicious recipe and pics!

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  7. This looks fabulous, wish I could get some couscous here, may be I'll try with semolina :)

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  8. such an healthy one .. ive been trying for couscous in chennai but unable to find it out..

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  9. Even I have never tried cooking with cous cous Priya. This recipe looks so simple and delightful. Would love to give this a try :)

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  10. Thats a filling and highly inviting couscous,feel like finishing rite now..

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  11. Sounds and looks flavourful, very tempting too

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  12. Nice salad ….gud for summer as you say

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  13. I too have an unopened pack of couscous that I accidently bought instead of burugul, and I've never used it yet. The truth is, I couldn't come up with something interesting to do with them. You recipe sounds interesting! Girl, I so envy your garden with those fresh herbs and veggies. Sigh.

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  14. now thats an easy one!!

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  15. couscous is my alltime fav. ingredient. your recipe sounds delicious. gonna make it very soon.

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  16. Simple, fresh & healthy!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  17. innovative recipe but looks very simple…

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  18. wow…awesome and so very yummy, dear

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  19. have never tried couscous till now but this looks delicious !

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  20. This dish really is summer…fresh and light. Great post!

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  21. That looks pretty darn tasty. And I think I've got all of that stuff in the kitchen! Dinner, perhaps? :)

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  22. wow again one more healthy recipe from u,love ur recipes…Thanks for sharing.

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  23. couscous looks very very yummy..I never tried anything from couscous…i think now its time for me to try this recipe…thanks for sharing……

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  24. never had couscous before…This looks so tempting…

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  25. recently I have tried couscous and fell in love with it..and yours is such a lovely dish will give a try..and oh yes..I enjoyed that movie a night in museum

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    Sukanya

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  26. Never had couscous ….But like the looks of it

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  27. Nice tempting color couscous…Sure want to see the movie…Thanks.

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  28. Never had couscous before but that looks healthy and so yummy!

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  29. I like the guilt free concept Priya! Seen night @ museum 2, but not remembering those lines!

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  30. We love couscous at our home!! Dh likes my version of adding sambar powder…

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  31. iam imagining ur son impersonating those lines and ur daughter bursting in squeal of laughter- memories to be treasured forever- nice recipe for the couscous, loved the last pic- flashy & wow

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  32. Delicious looking couscous. Great clicks.

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  33. hi now serving.. this is the couscous recipe i have ever come across,e definitely would love to try it, if i feel i can manage :) looks very delicious. i just love colored flavored rice

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  34. Very good blog, interesting recipes with nice pictures. Deliciuos summer recipe wiht couscous! Best wishes.

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  35. very delicious…love 2 dig in this..

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  36. I never tried couscous before. This is really healthy and nutritious too.

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  37. Wow! that looks fantastic. Great post!

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  38. Delicious cous cous. I love all kind of cous cous.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  39. Nicely turned out couscous dish! Its so easy to cook up, sometimes we wonder why we waited so long to bring this into our kitchens :)

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