Couscous can be used to make nutritious food, as well as good dishes. How to cook couscous to easily enjoy? How to use the oven for this? The answers are free in this article for you all.
1. What is Couscous?
Couscous is roughly-ground durum wheat (semolina) having a tiny granule-like shape. They have a nutty taste and have a soft texture (in the case of smaller varieties of couscous) or a bite-like texture (in the case of larger couscous varieties).
There are 4 types of couscous available in the market:
- Moroccan couscous (or instant couscous): It is the smallest in size. Since it’s precooked (steamed & dried before packaging), it only needs to be soaked before consumption.
- Israeli Couscous (or pearl couscous): It needs to be simmered for 10 minutes and has a pasta-like flavor.
- Whole wheat couscous: It’s a highly nutritious variety.
- Lebanese Couscous (or Moghrabieh couscous): It needs to be boiled before adding to stews, meats, etc.
2. What is the Ratio of Water to Couscous?
If you want your couscous to become dry when used to make a salad or serve with a sauce. The ratio of water to couscous is 1: 1. However, if you want couscous to be soft and slightly sticky. The ratio of water to couscous is 1: 1.5. Note you don’t need to rinse couscous before cooking. Because this is not necessary
3. How to Cook Couscous
- 1 cup instant couscous
- 1 cup of vegetable/chicken broth (or use filtered water)
- 1-1.5 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil or butter (optional)
- 0.5 teaspoon salt
- A saucepan with a lid and a fork
Step 1: Fill the saucepan with a cup of vegetable/chicken broth and add the olive oil.
Step 2: Now, place the saucepan on the stove over high heat and let the liquid come to a boil. When the liquid starts bubbling, turn off the stove and remove the saucepan from the burner.
Step 3: Add the instant couscous (1 cup), season with salt, and stir it once. Cover the saucepan with a well-fitted lid and leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes.
Step 4: After 10 minutes has elapsed, uncover & check the couscous. It should have soaked up all the liquid and softened. If liquid remains and the couscous have a crisp texture, re-cover the saucepan for 5 more minutes.
Step 5: Lastly, uncover the lid, fluff up the couscous using a fork, and serve right away.
4. Health Benefits of Couscous
Couscous is packed with selenium which aids in curbing inflammation, repairing damaged cells, assist in thyroid gland functioning, and decrease bad cholesterol build-up on the artery veins. Additionally, couscous is a plant-based protein that can help strengthen the body’s immunity.
Now, you know how to make perfect couscous in the right way and this can save you a lot of time, as well as making good and healthy dishes for your family. You can follow our advice and try making it at home. Good luck!
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