Stuffed CousCous Idlis

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Stuffed CousCous Idlis

Idlis are often referred to as steamed rice cakes – However these have assumed several variations over the  years and people (self-included) have tried my hand at making these staple south Indian delicacy with grains other than rice. Couscous is one of them.
Couscous has replaced many a rice meal in our home and I have blogged the recipe for couscous idlis before – see here – but the kids were wanting a pizza for lunch 2 sundays ago – I did not want to make or buy pizzas – FYI each slice of pizza store/restaurant bought averages 450 for minimum to a max of 750 and beyond even depending on what the toppings are. We have been on a caloric ride all summer and the start of school signifies the change of diet as well – back to healthy, yummy, low calorie meals. This was a really yummy sandwich idli – I added the toppings of a veggie pizza – onions, tomatoes, bell peppers & green chili all sauteed into a dry curry.
For this version, I dispensed with all the thadka and made it simply with 2 cups of couscous and 2.5 cups of butternilk (actually 1 cup of yogurt and 1.5 cups of buttermilk) These babies can soak up as much buttermilk as you want to put in them – so all you need to is make the batter and cook asap.

Here are some pictures: Enjoy these idlis, for lunch, brunch, tiffin, breakfast or dinner.

these are beautiful dippy plates that we use to steam the Idlis

These babies can also be served with a freshly ground Coconut chutney, another staple side from South India – recipe to follow soon
Here is a sneak peak at it :)

Skills

Posted on

August 27, 2012

26 Comments

  1. thats a interesting idea. this is going to be our breakfast tomoro. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Priya these look so perfect and love the idea of stuffing in idlies… totally new to me.

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  3. What a fantastic idea to have idli sandwich!

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  4. Ildy looks delicious, I am not a fan of it. I am a dosa girl.

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  5. Wow! These idlis are quite innovative, healthy and tasty. Good job.

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  6. great recipe dear…..yummy

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  7. Easy to make and delicious! I made it for today dinner and we all loved it..Thanks for this recipe dear..

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  8. very healthy and delicious..loved your version!

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  9. such an innovative recipe. nothing can beat this idea of middle east meets East :-) love this idea.

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  10. something new will try out
    Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  11. A nice way of stuffing veggies. looks awesome!

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  12. What a unique idea Priya! Cous cous idli sandwiches! Really quirky :)

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  13. Delicious idlis!!! well explained,,
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  14. hey very different recipe for me

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  15. Seeing is believing !! What an idea..too good stuffing….

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  16. very interesting recipe :)

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  17. Wonderful idea, I am checking your couscous idlis post too..

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  18. Wat a brilliant idea, those idlies looks fabulous.

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  19. Idly with chutney Looks very tempting

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