Not a salad…

by Sunita on July 2, 2008

We’ve had such a long spell of sunshine…for over a week now. But the streak of brightness has now been broken… with grey skies taking over for most of the day, today. But, it does look like, the parched trees are surely going to welcome the rain.

On the food front,we do consume quite a large amount of couscous.

But we almost always enjoy it in the same way… as a salad.. with fresh vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Hence, the rarity of it’s appearance in this space. But, it does make for a quick, easy and healthy lunch for us. A great tasting and light meal, ready in minutes.

However, for the following recipe, I diverted from our usual salad and made a bake. I have come across several such and decided to concoct one of my own. The vegetables were still there in full force, but I lightly stir fried them along with some mushrooms. A little cheese also went into it. The baked dish did smell and taste delicious and I’m glad I made it. It’s very easy to put together…use as many or fewer vegetables.

What’s needed-

2 C of couscous
1 red onion, finly chopped
6-7 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
4-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 C of sweetcorn
6-7 sweet piquante peppers, chopped(optional)
a large bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 yellow pepper, finely chopped
2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp roasted and ground cumin
100 gms of cheddar cheese, grated
a handful of sesame seeds for topping
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 and 1/2 C of stock

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions and garlic for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the mushrooms and fry till they soften slightly.
  4. Add the sweetcorn , green and yellow peppers, piquante peppers and fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the couscous and fry for another 11/2 -2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Transfer the couscous mixture from the pan to a baking dish and add the cheese and coriander.
  7. Add the cumin and season with salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper.
  8. Add the stock, stir, cover with foil and bake in the centre of the pre heated oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

That’s it! A flavoursome dish is now ready to be enjoyed. We had ours with some baked potato wedges and a tomato and cucumber salad.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha July 2, 2008 at 5:55 pm

That’s very creative, looks delcious! I have only used Cous Cous in Moroccan salad, thats it.I have seen Upma in other blogs with this too, must try one day!:)


2 Ann July 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Beautiful salad!


3 Suganya July 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Coucous works better than other pastas in casseroles and loafs. When pressed onto a pan, don’t they look neat and elegant :)


4 sunita July 2, 2008 at 6:53 pm

We use it quite a lot…Dinesh loves it in his lunch box too :-)

not a salad!Ooops! Thanks though :-)


5 sunita July 2, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Yes, it does look elegant…I’m so glad I tried it this way…hope you fit and fine now :-)


6 musical July 2, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Love couscous and i am totally gonna’ try this bake! Looks so delish! I recently went to a fusion restaurant here and ordered their mint couscous with zucchini-chickpeas stew. The dish was mild and flavorful, topped with a huge dollop of yogurt, it made a hearty meal. It was one of the best fusions: a mishmash of Desi, Mediterranean and Moroccan!

Hope that you are having a great time.



7 Kalai July 2, 2008 at 8:51 pm

What a wonderful idea, Sunita! Will have to try this out! :)


8 Divya Vikram July 2, 2008 at 9:07 pm

The bake looks awesome..cute pics.


9 karuna July 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm

lovely pics. how do u take such tempeting pics?


10 Richa July 2, 2008 at 11:29 pm

wow! that looks scrumptious! lovely medley of ingredients, Sunita!


11 farida July 3, 2008 at 2:25 am

This is very creative, Sunita! Great bake. I should try it one day.


12 Lata July 3, 2008 at 2:28 am

I never ate Couscous before, may be I should try. Picture looks great.


13 delhibelle July 3, 2008 at 3:17 am

The bake looks lovely, do put up the salad too..if you make it so often, it must be wonderful:)


14 Rachel July 3, 2008 at 3:44 am

A very novel and interesting way atleast to me of using couscous


15 sunita July 3, 2008 at 10:00 am

How’ve you been? It’s always nice to see you here :-) …we are fine, enjoying lots of sunshine, something rarely to be found here :-D

Do give this recipe a try…the one you tried in the restaurant sounds very interesting :-)

Thanks…do give it a try :-)


16 sunita July 3, 2008 at 10:01 am

Thanks…we enjoyed the dish :-)

karuna, for the pics,I’m just a self taught photographer :-)


17 sunita July 3, 2008 at 10:02 am

Thanks…I love adding lots of veggies in my dishes :-)

Thanks…we did love this bske…do give it a try…someday :-P


18 sunita July 3, 2008 at 10:05 am

Thanks…try it, you’re sure to be hooked :-P …btw, how’s little K? Must be keeping you very busy :-)

Thanks…as for the salad,I’ll try to put it up :-)

Thanks… different way for us too…from the cold salad that we usually enjoy it as :-)


19 SMN July 3, 2008 at 10:17 am

Very creative Sunita..nice clicks to..


20 JZ @ Tasty treats July 3, 2008 at 12:24 pm

oh wow!! it sure looks deeelicious sunita!! for these awesome pics and yummy recipes, there’s something for you on my blog! :-)


21 A&N July 3, 2008 at 12:37 pm

The couscous looks Fabulous Sunita!
I was just curious as to why you chose a two-step baking process here (baking with and then without the foil). Is it because of the nature of couscous or is there any other reason.
Thanks for this new vegetarian recipe :)


22 Maya July 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Looks lovely Sunita!


23 Dee July 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

How are you dear ? I love this version with lotsa veggies… I’d go for the israeli couscous anyday. Remember , I can lend you the sunshine anytime , just holler !!! :)


24 sunita July 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Thanks :-)

Thanks..glad you thought of me :-)


25 sunita July 3, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Thanks…i baked without the foil later on to brown the top :-)

Thanks :-)

I’m fine, dearie…and you know what, the sunshine is back, in full force…but thanks for offering :-P


26 Dee July 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm

hahaha :) was just pulling your leg. Hope you have lots of it and enjoy.. Have a great weekend!!!


27 Namratha July 17, 2008 at 12:52 am

For some reason I haven’t tried Couscous yet, this is a good dish to start with. Looks very good.


28 Anjali September 16, 2008 at 3:39 am

Hi, tried this yesterday. Flavour was good, but it was too dry. I’d definitely add another cup of stock next time. Sorry, but not a killer.


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