Wednesday 14 March 2012

Couscous and Corn Idli

Hi All!
For this month’s  Blog Hop Wednesday’s started by Radhika of Tickling Palates, I was paired with Priya of Now Serving. I had an opportunity of meeting this multi talented lady recently. She is not only a great cook but a Bharatnatyam dancer too. She teaches Bharatnatyam  in US. I was definitely in a fix on what to attempt from her space. I was bowled over by her post on the different versions of Hummus recently and I wanted to try that but since the theme of this month’s event is ‘Only’ South Indian, I decided to make an instant version of Idli.
I’m in love with the instant versions, whether it’s instant dosa, dhokla or Idli, I’m on for it. In the last few days this is the second instant Idli that I’m posting using wheat, the previous one was using Oats and Broken Wheat and my family loved it and this time, I picked an Instant Couscous and Corn Idli from Priya’s, Now Serving. Couscous is a durum wheat product. Couscous, as we all know is very light to eat and cooks fast. It has the same texture as our Indian Daliya/ broken wheat, but it’s easy to digest as compared to the Daliya. Keeping the lightness and the coarseness of the product in mind, it’s an apt choice for making Idli which is a breakfast item.
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I made it for our breakfast along with an unusual Sāmbhar(which I’ll post soon) and the chutney. I tweaked the recipe slightly to suit our palate. The idli turned out light and spongy, the kid loved it and ate heartily.
Couscous  and Corn Idli
Preparation Time:15mins
Cooking Time:12-15mins
1/2cup Couscous
1/2cup Semolina
2cups curds
3/4-1tsp fruit salt/ baking soda
half carrot finely chopped
3-4 French beans finely chopped
1/2cup fresh corn
2tbsp coriander finely chopped
salt to taste
For Tempering
3tsp oil
1tsp mustard seeds
2tbsp urad-chana dal mix
1” grated ginger piece
3-4 green chillies finely chopped
10-15 curry leaves finely chopped
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Mix Couscous and Semolina.  Prepare the tempering and add all the chopped veggies, corn and sauté lightly.Mix it in the Couscous, add the chopped coriander.
Mix the curds and let the idli mix stand for 10mins. After 10mins check the consistency of batter, if it’s too thick add some water.
Grease the idli mould.
In the idli mix, add the salt and eno fruit salt, mix quickly and put a ladle full in each dimple of the idli plate.
Keep the steamer ready and steam the idli for 12-15mins, till done.
Cool and unmould.
Serve hot with chutney and Sāmbhar.

Also sending the idli to my event ‘Only’ South Indian and Monthly Mingle#3.

Sending it to Julie's EP Series- Herbs and Spices, Cilantro and Cumin , Rasi's I'm Star Event 
 Ongoing Event- Cilantro & Cumin
and Cooking For Myself at Vegetarian Surprises.  
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Hema said...

Looks awesome, never before used couscous in idlis..

yummychunklet said...

These look delicious. Tasty looking photos!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking idly looks wonderful

Kalyani said...

looks good and healthy :) thanks for linking it to MM too ! i have a whole bag of couscous waiting to be used, and now i know what to make !

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hotpotcooking said...

looks simple and healthy. nice clicks

Rosh said...

Excellent recipe! Love the way these colourful :)

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Harini R said...

Good one! I have tried couscous idli but this combo sounds very interesting too!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

lovely idea...i have a packet of couscous..this is inspiring

farah saleem said...

lovely recipe pari! nutritious!
sorry pari! copied ur logo on my post!

Faseela said...

awesome idea....luks so colorful soft and healthy too...yummy

Spice up the Curry said...

that looks delicious. love the colors in white.

chef and her kitchen said...

never made idlis wid couscous..looks nice

Chef Mireille said...

so colorful and pretty..unique use of couscous!

Rajani said...

Beautiful clicks!The idlis look very yummy

Santosh Bangar said...

colorful delicious tasty idlies

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

looks awesome never tried couscous idly..healthy and colorfull dish

Swetha said...

I love couscous. Need to try this one.

Teena said...

wow...what a pretty & delicious recipe!!! Tempting click too :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely idlis... looks gorgeous tooo...

Unknown said...

First time here..Glad to follow you..Innovative idly.
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Prabha Mani said...

Very colorful idli..Healthy n perfect for breakfast :)

Spicy-Aroma said...

new to me..looks delicious!!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Lovely Idlies !! Healthy and colorful..

Mélange said...

Awesome Idlis Pari..super tempting and healthy...Loved that couscous option.

Lifewithspices said...

Pics are gorgeous as always n wonderful n yummy looking idlies..

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Nice and healthy combo..idli looks awesome and yumm.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Very innovative Pari!!! Looks yum!!!!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

so pretty! the yellow peeping amongst the white.. love it

Priya Sreeram said...

health @ its best ! yum platter pari

Anonymous said...

Very healthy and colourful idli.

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Anjali Shukla said...

Wooosh!! I am bowled out with this recipe of yours!!
Excellent clicks and what a brain behind these creative recipes. :)
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Archana said...

Awesome idlis. Love the colours.

anjana said...

healthy and colourful idli..never tried adding couscous in idli..beautiful clicks dear..

Bergamot said...

A nice twist to couscous. Looks delicious

Anonymous said...

I bought a packet of couscous last month n wasnt sure what to do with that. A friend told me that I need to boil it for few min. So just dropped the whole idea. But now I am sure what am I going to do. Thanks.

zareena said...

mmmm.... very nutritious and healthy idlis.

Shama Nagarajan said...

grt recipe dear said...

this idlis looking delicious.........loved the presentation....can feel the taste as well...hmmmm..yumyumm....

Akila said...

wow what a colourful and inviting idli... kids will definitely love it.... would give a try for sure...



Reshmi said...

wow colourful idlis.. first time here.. great blog... following you.. do visit my space.. Noel collections

Fairy Garden said...

Lovely tempting idlies.

New to couscous ingredient.

First time here, you do have a nice space.

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Rasi said...

took me a while to see the link..These are so healthy & love dthe color to the idli. Thanks so much for linking it to the event :)

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Unknown said...

Hi Pari - deeply appreciate your sweet into of me :) The couscous idlis and couscous itself has become a common sub for rice in my house and I am happy you tired and enjoyed it - love the addition of corn in it :) hugs, priya

Shivali said...

wow,these look so colorful.Couscous is my family favorite.Must try these idlis soon.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe. Where did you get idli pan from?


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