Side or main – Couscous it is!

Did you know that ‘Couscous’ is actually tiny ground pasta made from a type of wheat called semolina. Some say, “It tastes so nice that they named it twice!”

This mediterranean staple has made its entry into our diets in a big way and why not given its versatility. Couscous pairs beautifully with a number of flavours in a main dish or can be used as an excellent side especially with middle eastern cuisine. Pair it with yummy falafels or hummus and pita and you are good to go. Here’s a great recipe from my dear chachi whom I have seen toss this grain in her kitchen in a jiffy! Thanks so much Sarika aunty for sharing this with our readers.

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COUSCOUS SALAD

Yield – 1 bowl

INGREDIENTS

Cous cous – 1 cup

Water – 1 1/2 cup

Olive oil

Mixed Bell peppers – 1 cup (finely chopped)

Bunch of mint leaves, parsley and coriander – finely chopped

Pumpkin seeds / any nuts

Lemon juice – to taste

Salt – to taste

METHOD

Soak couscous in water for about 3 hours or till it absorbs all the water and becomes soft and fluffy. In a bowl, mix in all the ingredients and season with salt and lemon juice. Its that simple! Feel free to work with what so ever ingredients are available in your kitchen such as olives, cranberries, cucumber, celery, any kind of nuts etc.

Have a great day!

 

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