Monday, October 19, 2015

Vegetable and couscous salad

This is my first recipe being posted in my blog. So it might be worthy to have a quick reading about my cooking style in my previous post.

So this recipe is one of my favourites. It is very easy and nutritious. Some ingredients required for a meal to serve 2-3 :

  • Couscous - 3/4 cup
  • 1 Red onion (chopped)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Some chopped vegetables that want to add - I used carrots, beans, cherry tomatoes, green capsicum
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • 2-3 red chillies (optional)
  • Salt (optional)
Veggies and Couscous salad

 Procedure :

  1. In a hot pan, add a bit of olive oil and then cumin seeds (and red chillies if required).
  2. After few seconds, add the chopped red onions and stir for a minute
  3. Add the chopped vegetables and stir for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add couscous to the veggies and mix them well and stir for few seconds
  5. Add water so that the contents are "just" immersed in water and close the lid and leave it for 5 minutes
  6. Fluff up couscous with a fork and if you want to cook it more, add water as necessary and leave it for some more time.
Serving suggestions:

The beauty of this dish is that it can be served in two ways :
* Mediterranean style - Squeeze a bit of orange on the salad and serve.
* Indian style - Add some freshly chopped coriander and serve. This recipe reminds of that of traditional sooji or rava "upma" and can be prepared similarly although will taste a bit different.

Bon appétit !



  1. Noob question incoming: Is couscous something that has an equivalent Indian name, or is it just one of foreign cuisine things that is "quite similar to rava but not really" kind of thing?

    1. It is called by the same name and I have noticed it being sold in online websites like big basket. My hubby mentioned that we use in Indian cooking too but not usually as a main ingredient.