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Monday, May 21, 2012

Couscous Upma (Indian Fusion Breakfast with Couscous)

Couscous is a staple food in North Africa and Middle Eastern countries, especially Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia etc. It is basically kind of a pasta made from semolina.
For more about couscous:
I had bought this packet of couscous in a supermarket in US. In India you will find it in any major supermarket that sells International brand products (such as pasta, pasta sauce, nutella etc.).
I prefer it over Rava to make upma because it doesn't need any roasting like rava does. Moreover, it cooks very quickly and is firm in texture. And if you are planning to have it for brunch, go for it, because it will certainly fill you up.

Couscous Upma (Indian Fusion Breakfast with Couscous)
Couscous Upma (Indian Fusion Breakfast with Couscous)

Coucous Upma - Recipe
Couscous - 1 cup

Onions - 1 (chopped)
Green chillies - 2
Dry red chilli - 1
Curry leaves - 4-5
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Salt - as per taste
Sugar - 2 teaspoons

Ingredients for Couscous Upma
Ingredients for Couscous Upma
1. Chop onions and green chillies
2. Heat oil in a pan and temper with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder and curry leaves.
3. Add green chillies, red chilly and chopped onions.
4. Saute` until the onions are soft.
5. Add salt and sugar
6. Add 2 cups of water. 
7. When the water starts boiling, add couscous. Stir, mix, cover and cook
8. You might have to check water after a minute. Add some more water if it looks too dry.
9. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Couscous Upma (Indian Fusion Breakfast with Couscous)
Couscous Upma (Indian Fusion Breakfast with Couscous)

Some variations:
1. You can add udid dal or turmeric powder while tempering.
2. Add veggies like carrots, capsicum, peas to make a colorful couscous upma.


  1. very healthy recipe, Have fun with Blogging... Glad to follow you...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

    1. Thanks for the comment and following Mythreyi

  2. Thanks for ur comment . Happy to follow you .
    Innovative upma

  3. Never heard about this recipe.. but looks great.. happy to follow you..

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  5. This is the first time to ur space and loved going thru the recipe collection. Loved everything especially the oats bars. so healthy. This upma looks so delicious as well. I'm yet to try and locate it at my place despite hearing about the health benefits of it for a long time. Do drop by mine when you find time.

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  6. great site and presentation. love the name and the fusion cooking too :)


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