Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cous-cous Upma and Cous-cous Corn Mint salad

Last time I prepared Cous-Cous Payesh and from then I was thinking to make something savoury.So came up with cous cous upma.In place of rava/sooji I have used cous-cous.Believe me I was pleasently surprised by the flavour cous-cous incorporates when Indian spices is blended with it.
So, I tempered the oil with mustard seeds and then added all the veggies and then mixed the prepared cous-cous,it all took me so little on time to prepare.I then sauted some chopped spinach in butter and served as an accompaniment.Plus thing or you can say bonus of this recipe is My 5 year old loved it.This is a very healthy kid friendly recipe.I am also writing another method of preparing cous-cous-“Cous-cous with corn and mint salad”, but I don’t have pics to support,will upload it later. If you want to read some more about Cous-Cous, then go read this Three Cheers for Cous-Cous.

Now to the recipe one
Cous –cous upma
Serves -4
2 cups of prepared cous-cous
1 tsp of mustard seeds
2 dry red peppers/shokno lonka
2 green chillies
1 cup of veggies of your choice(I added Carots+peas)
1 tomato chopped roughly

1/4 cup of chopped onion+ginger+garlic
½ cup of roasted peanuts
1 tsp of red pepper powder
Salt as per taste
Oil for cooking

Soak about 1 cup of cous-cous in some warm water .let it sit there for 10-14 mints.Cous-cous will swell and now flake it with fork or with a spoon.
Now to preparing upma
Heat up some oil in kadai/saucepan.
Temper it with mustard seeds,dry red pepper,add chopped onions+garlic+ginger to it.Fry it till they become barely brown.
Now add all the veggies including chopped tomatoes, stir/fry it some more time.
Add salt and red pepper powder
Now add the prepared cous-cous and cover it .Let it cook fro 5 mints more.
Mix it well .
Serve with some roasted peanuts or grated fresh coconut or chopped coriander +some green chillies.

Recipe Num Two

Couscous with corn and mint salad
2 cups of prepared cous-cous
½ cup of boiled corn kernel
½ cup of choped fresh mint leaves
1 tsp of red pepper powder
2 tsp of oil
1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 green chilly chopped
Prepare couscous .Let 1 cup of couscous sit in some warm water for 10-12 mints.It will make approx small 2 cups.
Now heat up oil in a saucepan, add mustard seeds,let it crackle .
Add corn kernels.Stir/fry for few mints.Add seasoning –salt+red pepper powder.
Now add prepared couscous.Mix in well.
Take out in a serving bowl .
Mix in well the chopped mint leaves.
Sprinkle some lemon juice(optional)
Serve chilled or as it is.

Happy Cooking


  1. Both the dishes look so healthy and yummy!!! A great way to have cous-cous:)

  2. Oh Jaya
    i've made couscous too and post it this morning...upma looks delicious and tempting..:))i'll try tomorrow for breakfst..come and visit me to see my version..

  3. Hi Jaya
    LOL...i've always injured myself when i used to peel squash or yam or very similar stuff..my DH showed me just good potato peelar and good sharp knife...life is much nicer now....so no more excuse for not to buy squash coz it's wonderful stuff....;))


  4. Rachana,
    sure it is and it takes lil time to prepare also.


    and do let me know how you and your family liked or even not liked lol..
    and yeah I have tried to peel it also but I think it's better to slightly roast it in oven for 20-25 mints at 350 deg or roughly 170 deg and then it's easy to cut the butternut squash lol...have tried only few times making this way,but then it takes whole lot of a time to cut and peel etc..anyways thats so nice to come and help me out..
    hugs and smiles

  5. Cous Cous kokhono try korini Jaya. Protyekbar bhabi kinbo ar hoy na. Ei recipe gulo dekhe mone hoche ebar antei hobey

  6. Sandeepa,
    you know I have never bought cous-cous back home so leave anything preparing out of it .. not even from "big AC shops/supermarkets"..may be it is quite similar to Dalia/cracked wheat but then cous-cous is a instant variety and has it's own texture other than cracked wheat or dalia.Hope you try making it someday..
    hugs and smiles

  7. Very healthy and delicious meal!

  8. lovely dishes and i guess healthy too!

  9. Wow that sounds perfect and healthy love the peanuts combo with the peas and carrot!!!


  10. Couscous Upma.. it was like east meets west! I love the recipe.. will definitely give it a try :D


  11. Parita,

    hi and yeah we loved it too..

    thanks and yeah peanuts added the extra crunch to the dish.

    that was indeed east meet west ..so lovely to put that in words..do try it I am sure you will like it..

    thanks for coming all of you
    hugs and smiles

  12. Love that cous cous upma specially with lots of peanuts...

  13. A yummy delicious recipe.I should definitely try this.Couscous recipes


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