Friday 23 July 2010

For My 150th Post, Wrapped Up..Grilled Veggies and Couscous in Aioli Dressing



Hi friends! I feel elated typing this post as I cross another landmark. For this, I decided to share a wrap which I am very fond of and is surely very very tasty and healthy too.

Mocha is a favorite hangout place for me and DH and we keep exploring their menu every time we visit it but this wrap has surely become a regular order. It was after reading the description in menu card that I learnt about the aioli dressing and wanted to give this a try. The aioli dressing as I have understood is a French dressing for salads and meat. It is garlicky, creamy and like mayonnaise is an emulsion of oil and oil  soluble compounds in water and water soluble compounds.

To make the wraps my first hurdle was to get hold of Couscous which is not so easily available here, gladly my good old INA market came to my rescue. For a foodie this market is a must to visit. Working with couscous is a child’s play, they are so easy to work with that it does not need any detailed explanation.

The next step was convincing S to by a grill pan (actually it’s a steak pan but grills excellent), to my delight after 2 years of pestering I eventually bought it  a few days back.


Once I had this there was no looking back I had to make this wrap. The original recipe asks for char grilled veggies but I was happy by grilling my veggies on this pan, since it’s a cast iron pan it gave a nice rustic, burnt and smoky flavor to the veggies.

There are many aioli recipes available on the net. I read many and then suiting our taste buds concocted mine. This was my first attempt to make this dressing so with all apprehensions in mind I made this and was extremely happy with the result.

I also made whole wheat tortillas at home, yes, I did work hard for this post but during the entire process I was worried how the end product would be. The tortillas are so easy to make if you are used to making thin rotis regularly at home, for me it was an easy task surely and I was mighty happy looking at my tortillas.Open-mouthed

Finally came assembling the wrap, then grilling it and at last dig into it. I was so apprehensive that I served it first to my son and I jumped with joy the minute he showed his thumbs up with the first biteThumbs-up. The taste was as close as I could get to Mocha’s. I patted myself for all the hard work and made a wrap for myself.

So here’s what I did…

Ingredients for Aioli Dressing

1 garlic

2 egg yolks

3/4 tsp salt

1 cup EVOO

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp cold water

1 tsp crushed whole grain mustard




Bring the eggs to rooms temperature and then separate the egg yolks.

Finely chop the garlic and mix it with salt.

Whisk the egg yolks with the garlic.

Add half of EVOO gradually drop by drop while whisking continuously. I used my electric beater for this process. Be careful as the oil needs to get mixed with the water component to form the emulsion. If precaution is not taken then the oil-water components separate.

After adding half the oil add  lime juice, water and beat. After this stage the oil can be added in more quantities and keep whisking.

The end product’s a thick, viscous, garlic flavored emulsion which can be used as a dip or dressing.


Ingredients For Whole Wheat Tortillas

(makes about 13)

1 cup APF

1-3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

5 tbsp oil/shortening

1 cup warm water



Mix both the flours and salt. Add the oil and rub and mix to get a bread crumbs like texture.

Add water gradually and knead a dough which is soft but not as soft as a bread dough.

Cover it with a cloth and let it stand for an hour.

Divide the dough into 12-13 parts and then give each part  a ball shape.

roll each ball on a floured surface into thin 7inch circles.

Heat a griddle and roast the tortilla lightly on each side on  a medium high flame. Turn immediately as light blisters appear.

Do not over roast else they will turn crisp.


Preparing Couscous

Boil 150 ml water with 1/2 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp salt. Add this to 150g of couscous, mix  and let it stand for 2mins so that it can fluff. Add 2 tbsp butter to it and mix again. The couscous is ready to be used.


Grilling the Vegetables

Cube a half of green, yellow and red capsicum, half onion and slice 1/4 zucchini (one can add veggies of their choice). Grill on high flame till they are slightly charred from either side. Then chop them.


Couscous and Grilled  Vegetables Stuffing For The Wrap

Mix in the couscous, 4-5 tbsp aioli dressing, 1 tsp white pepper pwd, a pinch of crushed rosemary and salt if required.



Assembling the WRAP

Take the tortilla and place about 4-5 tbsp of the stuffing at one end and then wrap as shown in the pics.




Grill the wrap with a little butter on the griddle on either side.


Serve hot.


These wraps can make a heavy snack, a good dinner item or are even good for brunch.

Would love to hear from my silent readers too, so leave me a note please.

Sending this to Iftar Moments Hajiri 1431 hosted by Taste of Pearl City.

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Indian Khana said...

Congrats Pari...thts gr8...wraper looks yummy...

Pari Vasisht said...

Thanks a ton Priti for that quick note.

Nitha said...

Congrats Pari..

The wrap looks so delicious..

SS blogs here said...

Wow that was a lot of work!! You made everything at home!! Too good, Pari! Those wraps do look classy. Guess it was totally worth it! :)

Mina Joshi said...

Congratulations. The wraps look delicious. I like the detailed post.

Az said...

Congratulations Pari on reaching this milestone and I wish that you have many more... the wrap looks delicious!!! Keep it up...

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Yummy & very healthy wraps.....Congrats & all the best for many more success

Raks said...

Congrats on reaching the milestone Pari,and the wraps from scratch sounds great,interesting recipe,lots of work,still at the end if it turns out to be gud we dont bother rite ? :)

Swathi said...

Congrats Pari on your milestone. Nice nonstick pan, whole wheat tortilla wrap looks delicious.

Nandinis food said...

Wow! Congrats! The wraps are appetizing and exquisite!

Unknown said...

Those tortillas look lovely :) ...very well done Pari :)

Rachana said...

Congrats Pari! Wraps look super delicious! Loved your grill pan and the grill marks on the veggies too.

PranisKitchen said...

congrats on this 150th post..
The home made tortillas and the veggie stuffing simply superb.. how nicely u presented the recipe good one pari

Nivedita Thadani said...

Congratulations Pari. Wish Many more to come.
I loved this wrap.Its too tempting.
Lovely clicks.

aipi said...

Congrats on your 150th post..way to go!! wraps look very nice.. loved the grill marks on top :-)

Sayali said...

keep up the great work..this recipe is apt for your 150th post :)

Unknown said...

Congrats Pari for this landmark achievement. Keep going. Lovely looking wraps.

Unknown said...

Congrats on your 150th post, Pari..

Super-delicious wraps!! Great effort!!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

Congrats Pari.I always love to read your posts and this is a big milestone achieved.
coincidentally i also have posted one wrap recipes with home made whole wheat tortillas. yours looks nice. and now I have some to know the beautiful taste of couscous am gonna try this asap.

Nithu said...

Sounds wonderful to me. So tempting.

Priya Suresh said...

Congrats Pari, keep rocking dear..SUch a beautiful dish, makes me drool..

Kiran said...

Congratulations on your 150th post.
These wraps with grilled veggies and homemade tortillas and couscous aiola stuffing look very delicious.

Suganya said...

Congrats dear.... That is a lovely recipe. Looks so good with all those grilled vegetables. YUM!

Lorraine said...

Very impressive. Homemade! This looks wonderful. I am looking forward to trying this. You definitely deserve a pat on the back for a beautiful dish:) Thanks for the great instruction too!

FewMinute Wonders said...

Congrats pari.You have prepared something interesting to celebrate your landmark. You rotis look so soft.

Khaugiri said...

Congratulations Pari!!!! Wraps are just wonderful:)

Hey I'm try ur no oil chana version today.

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Congrats on your 150th post and well explained

shahana said...

Loved your healthy homemade version of tortillas.will try this one soon.

chef and her kitchen said...

COngrats pari for reaching d milestone dear...Wow those wraps sounds delicious...such a lengthy procedure to get good food should not bother the effort we took in making them right???

Aruna Manikandan said...

Congratulations on ur muilestone and wishing u many more success dear...
Wrap looks delicious :-)

jayasree said...

Congrats Pari for hitting a milestone. Here is wishing you for many more to come.

Thats really lot of effort to make this delicious, filling wrap. Good job, dear.

Parita said...

You are so innovative! Love these wraps!

Unknown said...

congrats Pari, Wrap up looks super great,...loved ur idea :)

PJ said...

Pari, congrats on reaching 150! wishing you and us many more such delicious recipes from you :D and kudos to you for trying aioli at home. i have been always meaning to but never quite for around to it. now i have a recipe to follow! wrap looks delicious and very unique.

Alessandra said...

wow, all the step by steps!

Shriya said...

Congratulations on your 150th post. Lovely wrap and looking delicious.

nandini said...

Wow!!!... 150th post!. Congratulations!. Wraps look delicious!!

Divya Kudua said...

Yum..the wrap looks so delicious.The filling is something new to me.Congrats on your 150th post..wish you many more!!

Fathima said...

Congrats on your 150th post! The wrap looks delish and you have perfectly explained with step by step pics... !!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Congrats on reaching this milestone Pari. May we get to see many more yummy recipes from you. Well explained and step by step pictures.
Lovely looking wraps

Hamaree Rasoi

Umm Mymoonah said...

Congrats on your 150th post, that looks fabulous, thank you so much for sending it to my event.


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