Besides providing nutrition and acting as fuel for our bodies, food should be fun and tasty. Couscous fits the bill, with its unusual texture and nutty yet neutral taste, perfectly complementing its high nutritional value. One of the healthiest, grain-based foods that people can eat, couscous is similar to pasta; it is made of semolina, although it can also be made with barley or corn.

We give you five tips to include it in your diet more often:

  1. Versatile and incredibly fast to cook, couscous can be incorporated into appetizers, salads, soups and even main courses. Experiment with different vegetables, meat, poultry and fish pairings for interesting meal combinations.
  2. Use your imagination, since couscous works in both sweet and savory recipes. Feel free to make a chocolate cream couscous cake, or a creamy couscous pudding-healthy desserts for the whole family.
  3. When steamed or boiled like rice, couscous is just like pasta, so make sure you buy the whole grain variety.
  4. Since it’s mostly carbohydrate, with zero percent fat, don’t spoil a good thing by adding butter to it as most recipes recommend. Instead just drizzle some heart-healthy olive oil on cooked couscous for a richer flavor.
  5. Be smart when you’re cooking this Berber specialty. Use the proper ratio of water to couscous, which is 1 cup of water for every 2/3 cup of couscous. For perfect couscous, add salted boiled water to the grains, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes, and then fluff with a fork before serving.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.