Couscous Chitranna

I love Rice varieties and so does my family. I had made Chitranna with Couscous to make it a little healthy and mind me it was Yum.
I have posted Masala Chitranna  and Mavinkayi Chitranna here in our Lovely space.
Here is what we need:
1 cup couscous
salt to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice

To grind:
a few pinches asafoetida/heeng
1 dried red chillies or according to your spice tolerance
1 green chillies or according to your spice tolerance
2 tbsp shredded coconut

For the tadka/seasoning:
2 tbsp cooking oil
¼ th tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp each urad and chana dals
1-2 dried red chillies, broken
A few curry leaves
2 tbsp peanuts 

In a pot heat 1 and half cups water.
Once it start boiling add couscous in it and mix it well. Turn off the heat. Cover it and keep it aside until the liquid has been absorbed and the grain gets fluffy and soft
Adjust water accordingly, because there are different varieties of couscous.
Once the couscous is done spread the cooked couscous on a platter to cool. Fluff with fork to separate the grains. Keep aside.
Make a smooth paste with the "to grind" ingredients, with very little water approx 1 tbsp water.
In a wide pan, heat oil add peanuts and fry for a few seconds. Add remaining ingredients one by one and fry until the dals turns golden brown in colour. Now add in the turmeric powder and just mix it.
Add the ground paste and fry for a minute. Add in cooked couscous and salt to taste and mix well. At the end add in the lemon juice and mix well. Switch off the flame immediately.
Serve hot.  

You can make the same with Rice and procedure remains the same.


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