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Couscous Upma [Spicy Couscous]

Couscous is staple grain of North Africa same way as we have rice. It also resembles polenta or farina. Couscous is often considered Moroccan, however it is home to most North African countries.

This is a great light complete meal. When I have nothing in my pantry or not in mood to cook something elaborate, yet healthy I cook up this one! It prepared the same way as suji (rava, semolina) upma.

A properly cooked couscous should be fluffy and not slimy. Read more about Couscous here


Whole wheat CousCous - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium - Sliced
Green chillies - to taste
Curry Leaves - 5-7
Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Corriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin [zeera] seeds - 1/4 tsp
Mustard [Rye] seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Lime juice - to taste
Any Vegetable Oil - 1.5 Tbsp

  • Boil water , add couscous and few drops of oil and cook for 5 minutes . Fluff with the fork and keep it aside.
  • In a frying pan heat oil, add zeera and rye seeds, let it crackle. Throw in curry leaves and chopped green chillies. Immediately add sliced onions and saute' till golden pink in color.
  • Add turmeric, coriander powder, peanuts and salt followed by cooked couscous. Mix everything gently and let it cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Adjust for spices
  • Turn of the heat, add lime juice and serve warm with tea !
  • Feel free to add veggies like bell pepper, beans etc to make it wholesome ! I had nothing in my pantry that day so just made it with onions ......


I love couscous in any form.....yummy
Sushma Mallya said…
lovely click, simple & delicious one..
Tina said…
Colourful and delicious upma.....
Priya said…
Delicious and spicy dish, looks tempting and yummy..
Sarah Naveen said…
That looks perfect..I just love it..
Soma Pradhan said…
Hmm never heard of it...Loks great
I make couscous upma often..You can add any veggie and it tastes great and your dish will be ready within 15 mins!!!
Vrinda said…
I liked this spicy version..looks tempting...
shahana said…
I didnt know about couscous upma till now.Will definetly try this soon n let u know.
Oraphan said…
What a beautiful dish! I've never tried couscous before. Yours sounds so delicious, can't wait to give this recipe a try, thanks:)
Suma Gandlur said…
Seems so appetising.
Malar Gandhi said…
I like couscous so much...making them spicy and Indian touch is relaly nice...sure the dish must be a great hit.
Nostalgia said…
delicious click and mouthwatering recipe...
Gulmohar said…
very colorful...and yummy :-)
Padma said…
I love this upma... healthy and tasty. Looks delicious.
Usha said…
Simple and delicious ! Lovely picture...
my kitchen said…
Never tried like this,looks so good
sangeeta said…
hey you posted so many yummy recipes recently..this couscous upma i just love n make it with daliya too..
your tofu curry n the cookies look so adoring ...
These bars looking yummy. I love to have delicious food. Your blog is all about recipes. I will follow ur blog regularly.
Anonymous said…
Made it and it just turned out simply superb. I added lots of colorful vegetables, little bit ginger and mint and it came out perfect. Thanks Renu for the wonderful recipe.
Renu said…
@ Above:
great that it turned out superb ! adding mint sounds so refreshing. I will have to try this

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