Couscous Idlis

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Couscous Idlis
couscous Idlis
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This Blog Hop Wednesday, a wonderful event started by Radhika of Tickling Palates, is a wonderful way to interact with our fellow bloggers and browse their each others blogs in greater details and in a more systematic way – On one such quest, I had the greatest pleasure to go through Harini’s Blog – Tamalapaku – the name was unique and I googled it to find that it meant betel leaves – something many Indians have after a satisfying meal to help with digestion – and the recipes I saw in her blog always erred on healthy which is what my blog mantra is too and I loved the many uses of grains and lentils. I was not sure which one to go with, but I did settle on something that I’ve been cooking with more recently – couscous – you many recall the couscous salad that I posted not too long ago – so my pantry has a full supply of this – And to make our South India charmer Idlis with it was like the best of both worlds for me –as in cooking with couscous and using it for a traditional recipe.

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Many Many thanks to you Harini for introducing me to these idlis, they were soft, spongy and incredibly tasty and will be a staple at our home now.  And this was the most pleasurable time because my newly turned 3yr old helped me with the whole process J

The original recipe is here – I doubled the quantities to serve my family of 5

Here is my version with a few slight changes

Ingredients – 
To make for a family of 4 or 6
1 cup of couscous
1cupof sooji
2 cups of yogurt +2 tbsp of buttermilk
Carrots & cilantro finely chopped/grated 1 cup
Dried Nuts Coarsely Chopped 3 Tbsp (I used peanuts, almonds and cashews)
1 green chili
Baking Soda 1.5 tsp
Salt as per taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Olive Oil 1 tsp
Curry leaves, cumin and mustard seeds, urad dal with a pinch of asafetida for tempering
Preparation
Mix the sooji and the couscous in a wide mouthed dish
Add the baking soda and salt and mix into dry batter
Crush the nuts and add and mix in
Add the grated carrots raw (I did not cook it like the original recipe calls for)
Crush cilantro
Add about 1tsp of salt
Now add the yogurt and mix in well
Temper the mustard seeds, cumin, urad dal, chili and the asafetida and some roughly torn curry leaves
Add this to the batter and mix in well
Spray your idli plates with non-stick olive oil or other and steam idlis for 10-12 minutes – that’s all it took for me
Healthy, hearty and delicious idlis good to go J
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Couscous idlis
couscous idlis
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September 28, 2011

53 Comments

  1. I can remember time when I asked :What are idlis;) It looks realy nice:)

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  2. Wah!! Looks so yummy. Will try soon….

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  3. Ummm.. they look soooo good Priya..

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  4. Healthy soft looking idlis….Your kid is cute…looks like she enjoyed helping you…

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  5. they look so soft and spongy! the little one looks so cute helping u in the kitchen :)

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  6. those idlis look relaly irresstible!! superb idlis and not to forget bout ur daughter.. she is soo cute!!

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  7. very soft and delicious idlis Priya, ur lil helper is so cute n glad that she enjoys cooking with u..

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  8. Wonderful looking idlis Priya. I am glad you and your family enjoyed these idlis!! A subtle reminder for me as well to resume my experiments with couscous :)

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  9. soft and yummy idlis ……. good to see ur daughter helping u …. i see she is enjoying by helping u ……..

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  10. that is amazing .. couscous as idly .. very creative I must say !

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  11. Very bright idea priya……couscous idli !!!!!!! amazing

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  12. Idly looks spongy and delicious with couscous.

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  13. never thought of putting couscous in idli! and i love the pictures of your little helper!

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

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  14. Idly looks really soft

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  15. Yummy idlis will be perfect with hot chutney.

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  16. Soft and delicious! Your l'l helper looks like she had a great time in the kitchen with you!

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  17. Idilli looks spongy and delicious and your little one looks like she is enjoying the whole process.

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  18. thanks for this awesome healthy recipe Priya ! Hubby loves anything steamed for mornings, and this is a perfect way to use up the couscous in my pantry too !

    Lovely pix of ur little angel helping u.. :-)

    Cheers
    Kalyani

    Join me in a 100-day Global Food Festival here

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  19. idlis are my son's favorite & I look for recipes to make them differently. This one I'll surely try :)

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  20. They look super soft and tempting.Nutrition packed breakfast Priya.I simply adore them .

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  21. Such healthy and perfect looking idlis. Never used couscous in cooking yet. Should try this soon. And ur helper is soo cute. When i cook, my 3 yr son too needs some of all the ingred in his bowl and he cooks his own stuff. oh what a mess he creates…typical boy!

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  22. Those are new to me..they look healthy and tasty as well!

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  23. Healthy and yummy

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  24. very delicious idlis..looks yumm

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  25. lovely looking fluffy idlis and they look really power packed- ur lil angel helping u out is a real treat to look at !

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  26. Nice n different idlis..looks yumm

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  27. Yummy idlies looks so soft and delicious!

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  28. Yummy and healthy …good choice

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  29. Cous cous idli looks excellent,healthy and super filling..

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  30. Hug your little helper for me for helping you out make this yummy idlis.

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  31. Nice combo. Gr8 idea to use couscous in idlis. They look superb.
    Your daughter is so cute.

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  32. soft n delicious idlis…good to see ur little angel helping u..she is very cute!!

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  33. need to try with this ingredient..have'nt found it in the supermarket!!..idlis look grt!

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  34. Soft & healthy idlis!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  35. Cous cous idli looks excellent,healthy and super filling..

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  36. A delicious breakfast made even more healthy..looks so soft & spongy!!

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  37. wow… couscous idlies look delicious… bookmarking it..

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  38. Idly looks soft and inviting…Delicious!! You got a cute little helper there!! couscous is new to me…I'll have to try this.

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  39. Wow – like little couscous cakes?! How much fun is that, and your little kitchen helper is so sweet! Great recipe – will have to try something like this soon!

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  40. so so cute,
    y r little angle & soft idly
    I love your picture design

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  41. very cute y r little angle & y r soft yummy idlies.
    I like your picure design.

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  42. Thx for visiting my blog & the follow! These idlis look great! I love idlis but have only have the traditional way…this would be a great change. Now following you…

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