Monday 2 January 2012

Baked Couscous and Cottage Cheese Rolls



Wishing all my readers and friends a Very Happy New Year. I pray the God almighty to help all fulfil their dreams and wishes. I also hope and pray that the year brings in more peace and harmony through out the world.

I’ve just returned back after visiting my parents and the temperature and weather change is trying to show it’s effect on my body and I’m trying hard to push it. I know I’ve not been able to acknowledge a few entries sent for ‘Only’ Cakes and Cookies, have patience, I’ll make it to your blogs in a day or two. I could not do it as my dad’s computer was not functioning properly.

I am overwhelmed by the response my first cookbook review received. Do understand the word ‘response’ should not be identified with the number of comments, in those terms my blog is amongst the back benchers, LOL,Winking smile… ‘response’ clearly means the page views the post received and the many mails I received congratulating me on my effort. I’m motivated to make more attempts in this field. I also want to thank all my blogger friends and others who stopped by to leave a note for me for the review post, I’m touched and your encouragement means a lot to me.


This is my first post of the year and I wanted to start on a healthy note and at the same time I also want to tell myself that over hoarding food items and cooking excess food has to be avoided this year.

It so happened that I was left with couscous salad made for the book review and some soaked couscous too. I was unable to bring myself to innovate something that could help me bring them to good use. To increase my despair, the milk I had got curdled while boiling and I had fresh cottage cheese too, to be consumed. I decided to combine the two products and add a few more ingredients to it to make it more tasty and then make some rolls, which I could use for snack and lunch box. Instead of frying the rolls I preferred to bake them to keep them low calorie.

To my delight the rolls turned out crispy and crunchy and the kid loved his snack box. It was appreciated by his class mates in the school. As for me, I was surely happy as all the leftover was consumed in a healthy and tasty way and the kid ate nutritious food too, surely a blessing in disguise.


Ingredients (makes 25 pieces)

2 cups soaked couscous (I used the couscous salad)

250gms grated cottage cheese

3finely chopped green chillies

2-3tbsp finely chopped cilantro

finely chopped capsicum (green, yellow and red)

1 small onion finely chopped

1tsp carom seeds (ajwain)

2garlic pods finely chopped

salt to taste

bread crumbs

corn starch


Mix all ingredients and shape them into rolls.

Roll the couscous roll in corn starch and then dip them in water lightly.

Roll the couscous roll in breadcrumbs and keep aside. Repeat the procedure with the remaining rolls.

Preheat the oven at 190C. Grease a baking tray and align 7-8 rolls and bake them for 12-13mins. In between turn them once. Bake till golden brown in colour, do not over bake.

Serve hot with some salad and tomato sauce.




If you find mixture wet, mix a potato else refrigerate for an hour and then make rolls.

I’ve baked the rolls but these can be shallow/deep fried too.

I’ve kept the flavours very subtle, one is free to make it more flavourful and spicy.

Sending the rolls to’s

Vardhini’s New U

Priya Mahadevan’s  event guest hosted by Priya Sreeram

Kalyani’s Kitchen Chronicles, guest hosted by Veena Krishnakumar.

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Faseela said...

lovely rolls.......gud snack

Ramya said...

awesome clicks...looks so yum and filling

Az said...

what a great combination! Looks super delicious!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

love the clicks... yummy rolls...
Happy New Year!

Padmajha said...

Hi Pari,the click is fabulous!!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year..

Hari Chandana P said...

Wow.. Very delicious and healthy snack.. looks absolutely inviting.. lovely shots too !!
Indian Cuisine

Vimitha Durai said...

Looks so crunchy and a healthy snack

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Rolls look simply delicious. Awesome preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Priya Suresh said...

Happy new year wishes to u and ur family..Rolls looks super delicious and definitely guilt free..

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Looks delicious. Happy new year!

Sutapa said...

Truly guilt free snacks!
Wish you and all your loved ones A Very Happy New Year 2012!:)

Unknown said...

looks so crispy would be as great starter!!

Rachana said...

Thats a wonderful and delicious Snack!

Wishing you a very happy and successful 2012 :-)

Lorraine said...

Happy New Year! This looks very yummy:)

Shri said...

Congratulations!! Good Going! Love those rolls.

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely way to use the couscous salad and hey the pic tell me it must have tasted gorgeous.... thx for linking it pari ! Have a great 2012

Vardhini said...

Inviting and healthy rolls. Thx for linking to the event.

Event: New "U" - Healthy Eats
Event: Healing Foods - Cauliflower

Melissa said...

I've set up a new feature on my blog called "lunchbox bakes" - you might be interested in linking up for it sometimes :)

This recipe looks delicious!


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