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Lemon coriander couscous | South Indian couscous recipe

Lemon coriander couscous recipe under 15 mins is so flavourful, so south Indian. Learn how to cook couscous to suit south Indian taste buds.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2


  • ½ cup couscous
  • ¾ cup water approx. refer notes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. coriander leaves
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • Salt as needed

To temper

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp Mustard
  • ½ tsp chana dal
  • ½ tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp ginger julienne
  • 2 green chilli slit
  • tsp asafoetida
  • 8 curry leaves


  • Heat a small pan with oil, when hot, splutter mustard.
  • Add the dals, fry until golden crisp. Sprinkle asafoetida.
  • In goes slit green chilli, ginger and curry leaves. Give a quick stir. Switch off the flame.
  • Add turmeric and mix well. Set aside.
  • Take couscous in a bowl with tight lid.
  • Boil water well.
  • Add required salt, lemon juice and the tempered items along with the oil, to couscous.
  • Mix well and close it tightly. Wait for 10 mins or until all the water completely absorbed. Fluff and mix well to serve.



  • You can add peanuts or some vegetables to make it more nutritious.
  • Please follow the instructions in the package you buy for accurate measurements.
  • I used little less than ¾ cup water(may be reserved 2 tbsp. water)