Couscous Pulav (Pilaf)


Though I have heard lot about Couscous, never cooked/ tasted it. During our trip to California we visited a Mediterranean Restaurant called “Gotta Eatta Pita” , I liked everything they served; falafels, eggplant, baklava (top in the list:-)) and couscous. After returning home got a pack of couscous. Whenever I try something new I always try incorporating a way I am familiar with, hence the pulao


Couscous – 1 cup

Mixed Vegetable – 1 cups +1/3 cup  (I used carrots, beans, corn, green peas and bell peppers)

Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Garam masala – 1/4 tsp

Onion – 1

Green chilli – 1

Water – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Cardamom Pods – 2

Cinnamon Stick – 1/8 tsp

Feneel seed – 1/8 tsp

Bay leaves – 1

Star ansie – 1

Salt – as needed

Oil – 2tsp


  • In a medium pan bring 1 cup + 1/4 cup water to boil. Add 1 cup of couscous, 1/2 tsp of oil and 1/4 tsp of salt; close the lid and boil for a minute . Switch off and let it stand for 6-8 minutes. Fluff the cooked couscous with a fork and set aside
  • Add 1 tsp ofoil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add onions and saute till the onions turn translucent.  Add a pinch of salt and sugar; cook till the onions are caramelized (Sugar is optional, with little more oil this can still be achieved, but I like little sugar in all dish to neutralize flavour and yes I can hear your question, its not sweet). Keep aside
  • Add 1 tsp of oil to the same pan. When the oil is hot, add whole spices and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ginger garlic paste and green chilli; cook  till the raw smell goes off. Add vegetables and salt; cook till the veggies are cooked, if required sprinkle little water and cook. Add garam masala and cook for 2 minutes
  • In a separate wide pan spread the couscous and fluff it again (If required). Add the sautéd vegetables and caramalized onions; mix gently. Check for the seasoning and enjoy the puloa with raita or any gravy




43 thoughts on “Couscous Pulav (Pilaf)

  1. The cairs antique April 9, 2015 at 1:45 AM Reply

    good recipe,…

  2. smithakal April 6, 2015 at 11:07 AM Reply

    Wow thats so healthy…

  3. Madhavi Cyber Kitchen April 5, 2015 at 11:29 PM Reply

    They look succulent , flavorful & healthy.

  4. Bouesso April 5, 2015 at 8:16 PM Reply

    Your Couscous Pulav is very delicious

  5. platedujour April 5, 2015 at 4:16 PM Reply

    It sounds delicious, and I love the fact that you did it your way! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend xx

  6. Francesca, Beauty & Makeup Blogger April 5, 2015 at 3:50 PM Reply

    Here in Sicily there is in September a cous cous festival,I love it!!! and I also cook it .thanks for this share

  7. farin ahmed April 5, 2015 at 7:40 AM Reply

    Looks so delicious dear

  8. srividhya April 4, 2015 at 2:03 PM Reply

    yummy. Great way to use couscous

  9. teagan geneviene April 4, 2015 at 11:06 AM Reply

    Pretty and delicious. Hummm… it’s time for lunch. Hugs!

  10. marudhuskitchenm April 4, 2015 at 10:34 AM Reply

    super duper new kind of pulav..loved it

  11. Sindhiya April 4, 2015 at 6:30 AM Reply

    Very colouful, tasty and healthy pulav…Looks fantastic!

  12. veenashankar April 4, 2015 at 1:03 AM Reply

    tasty and light meal..

  13. Charanya April 4, 2015 at 12:19 AM Reply

    I have a pack of couscous. Will make this soon with a ping back 🙂

  14. dedy oktavianus pardede April 3, 2015 at 11:07 PM Reply

    damn delicious and comforting pilaf, never made it with couccous before, tempting to try!

  15. apsara April 3, 2015 at 7:56 PM Reply

    Yum! Looks delicious and fairly easy too!

  16. Malar April 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM Reply

    Wow…looks so perfect and nice Vidya!!! I haven’t tried couscous yet too 😉

  17. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) April 3, 2015 at 6:05 PM Reply

    Pulav looks like a perfect dinner for tomorrow! Thanks for inspiration!

  18. Chitra Jagadish April 3, 2015 at 5:47 PM Reply

    My Lil one loves cous cous – shall try this sometime for her… thanx for the recipe. ..

  19. Flynthings April 3, 2015 at 5:38 PM Reply

    Try upma with Israeli couscous 🙂

  20. April 3, 2015 at 5:13 PM Reply

    Looks yummy!

  21. spiceinthecity April 3, 2015 at 4:25 PM Reply

    Yum, looks delicious Vidya!

  22. theonlysup April 3, 2015 at 4:03 PM Reply

    Brilliant I’m gonna try that tomorrow..

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