November 9, 2011

Couscous Salad

When Rosanne Cash said "The key to change... is to let go of fear," I am sure she was talking about experimenting with new food too - Letting go of old habits, embracing the new, doing something totally new, like experimenting with Couscous !! When the blogging bug bit me, I had headed to the nearest hypermart and picked this packet of rather expensive Couscous some weeks ago, but somehow couldnt get to eat it - it wasnt that I had tasted it and didnt like it : guess it was the fear of the unknown. Like cooking mushrooms at home, when I dont eat it - but I still include it for hubby and daughter. Like, working with a new set of ingredients for today's Couscous Salad. It was supremely healthy & filling, and a much needed break from the usual stuff we have for lunch and was crunchy from the chilled veggies and the warm oil.. I liked it quite a bit, and was wondering if I could make this a weekly ritual..those questions always seem to haunt you, once you have tried it, right? just like bungee jumping or driving your first car, or even marriage, perhaps !! he he he :-)
Anyways, the verdict : Would I make it again? yes, definitely. And while most people prefer it bland, I would definitely spice it up a bit more with chopped sweet peppers, steamed veggies and may be even a spoon of mashed up lentil for a complete meal. The warm olive oil combined with the cold and crunchy veggies and fruits is sure to warm you up during the winters. 

This healthy dish goes to : Kavi's Healthy Cooking Challenge - Lunches, event by Smitha, my own event Global Food Fest, Valli's Soups and Salads mela, Radhika's winter mela and also Susan's BWW. Let's get on to the recipe now !

Prep time : 10 mins. Soaking time : 10 mins. No cook time. Serves : 1 
  • Couscous - 1 cup
  • Cucumber - de-seeded and finely diced - 1/4 cup
  • Apple - diced fine - 1/8 cup
  • Pomegranate seeds - a handful
  • Onions - 1 small - finely diced
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds - roasted - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 2 TBSP
  • Garlic minced - a dash (max 1 medium clove, grated)
  • Salt - to taste 
  • Black pepper - to taste
  • Tomato ketchup - 1 TBSP (optional)
  • Curry powder - 1 tsp (opt.)
  • Coriander and parsley leaves - to garnish

1) Pour boiling water (approx 1.5 times the amount of couscous) onto the couscous and let it soak well. Drain after 10 minutes and fluff it up well.
2) Add all the chopped veggies, spices and mix up well.
3) Warm the olive oil a bit and add to the couscous.
4) Just before serving, add a dash of lime juice and tomato ketchup and garnish with coriander and parsley (I didnt have any, but would add it next time). 
5) Serve immediately.

17 Foodie Comments:

Prathibha on November 09, 2011 said...

I love this salad..looks delicious n yumm

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. on November 09, 2011 said...

Healthy and Yumm Salad Dear.Luv the recipe.Luks delicious.

Anusha Praveen on November 09, 2011 said...

Yummy!! Great clicks too. :)

Anusha Praveen on November 09, 2011 said...

Kalyani dear, can you tell me what this is called in hindi or in tamil?? I m sorry i m not great in this.Ty:)

Hari Chandana on November 09, 2011 said...

Very healthy and delicious salad.. looks absolutely tempting.. beautiful clicks too !!
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Radhika on November 09, 2011 said...

That's a wondeful bowl of healthy salad. I'm not sure that I would get couscous here.

Kalyani on November 09, 2011 said...

@ Radhika - try hypermart or Spencers - those large format supermarkets have couscous.. Initially, even I thought I wouldnt find this in Mumbai, but it is generally available in most upscale supermarkets (where you generally get Demerera Sugar, Apricot preserves and imported stuff). Hope this helps !
@ Anusha - I am honestly bad at what this is called in Tamil, but this link from wikipedia should help - I have updated the same in the post too !


Rumana Rawat on November 09, 2011 said...

Looks very tempting:)

Roshan on November 09, 2011 said...

interesting recipe...nice B&W photography

Priya on November 09, 2011 said...

Very satisfying and super filling salad, wonderful bowl..

ANU on November 09, 2011 said...

awesome and colorful salad....i too like couscous a lot....

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Alpana on November 09, 2011 said...

Hearty & fresh salad........looks delish.

Priya's Feast on November 09, 2011 said...

Colorful Salad with Couscous...Thanks for sharing the location..I am yet to try this dish...

Madhavi on November 10, 2011 said...

Great salad, looks amazing!!!

Sensible Vegetarian on November 10, 2011 said...

Colorful and yummy looking salad, looks great.

Kavi... on November 12, 2011 said...

jeeze! thanks so much for linking to my event! :) would love to have more entries from you…
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Srivalli on December 01, 2011 said...

Such a inviting bowl of salad..thanks for sending this for the mela!

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