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What is couscous, cous cous ? Glossary | Benefits, Uses, Recipes with couscous, cous cous|
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What is couscous?

Couscous looks like a whole grain, but is actually a pasta made from durum wheat and sometimes in combination with semolina. It is available in the form of small balls. The 3 different varieties of couscous are Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese. The later is the largest variety available. It cooks quite easily and it blends with most flavours too.

How to select couscous

Read the labels and the expiry date before buying. The couscous should be clean, evenly-sized and without any foreign particles like dust or stones.

Culinary Uses of couscous in Indian Cooking

Couscous is often cooked and tossed with a variety of veggies to make salads.

How to store couscous

Couscous should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place.

Health benefits of couscous

Couscous is a good source of plant protein, especially for vegetarians. Couscous is a good source of fibre and almost negligible in fat and thus a wise choice for those aiming healthy heart, weight loss and looking to manage diabetes. However, do not overlook its carb content. Toss it with low carb colourful veggies to make a healthy meal. Also remember to buy couscous made with durum wheat than the one made with semolina. It is also a fair source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus and some B vitamins. Remember it is made with durum wheat, so not a good choice for those with gluten intolerance

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