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Couscous Savoury Meal / Couscous Upma

VegCookBook by Praveena
Simple, Veggie Loaded, Healthy Meal with Couscous, suitable for Weight Loss / Weight Watchers Diet.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • Wide Mixing Bowl
  • Frying pan (for stove-top method)


  • 1 cup Couscous
  • 2 cups Hot Boiling Water
  • 3 tablespoons Cooking Oil – 3 tablespoons
  • 2 count Dry Red Chillies – 2
  • 1 inch piece Fresh Ginger
  • 5 count Fresh Green Chillies (medium size)
  • 5 to 6 count Curry Leaves
  • 1 large Onion – 1 large
  • ½ cup Mixed Vegetables (chopped) (fresh / frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 handful Fresh Coriander Leaves

Ingredients for Tempering:

  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard seeds / Aavalu
  • ½ teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder / Pasupu
  • ½ teaspoon Sesame seeds / Nuvvulu   (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon Chana dal / Split Yellow gram dal (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal / Minapappu / Split Black gram (optional)



  • First, take the Couscous into a large-wide bowl and add the hot-boiling water into it.
    Close it with lid and set it aside for 10 mins.
    Let the water be absorbed by the couscous.
    Slit the green chillies length wise, finely chop the fresh coriander leaves, onions and ginger piece.


  • Put a medium sized pan on stove top under medium flame.
    Add the oil and heat it. 
    Then, add the ‘Ingredients for tempering’.
    Saute them until they turn golden brown. 
    Now, add the dry red chillies,curry leaves and slit green chillies.
  • After a minute, add all the ginger and onion pieces. 
    Stir fry the onions and let them become transparent.
    Next,add the mixed vegetables and let them cook for 2-3 mins. 
  • When the vegetables are cooked enough, transfer all of the couscous (from the bowl) to the pan and add salt too.
    The water would be completely absorbed by the couscous within 10 mins.
  • Reduce the flame to lowest possible,combine everything gently and let it be on stove top for about 4-5 mins.
  • Switch the flame off, add the chopped coriander leaves, give a mix and serve. Done!!


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