June 25, 2012

Couscous Peas Tikki

As someone said, when life hands you a lemon, make a lemonade. Not quite applicable when you have a year's supply of Couscous, and nobody (read me) is interested to eat Couscous Salad ! So, while adding to the health quotient, I planned to use them (Inspired by Harini's recipe) in a Cutlet / Tikki (or a shallow fried Savoury snack) thats so much a favourite of kiddo and all of us at home. Kiddo did indulge in this, and as long she didnt ask what the major ingredient was, I wasnt going to tell her about it...Some secrets are best kept secrets, isnt it?

As this is a kid-specific recipe, I kept the spice content low. But do feel free to add more in case you are serving for a party. Couscous as an ingredient tends to be quite bland, and lends itself quite well to more spice. I added cooked peas and potatoes & blanched carrots to give this more volume, so let your creativity flow while adding any other ingredients you might prefer. Made under 30 minutes, this is a quick snack you can serve at parties or potlucks too. Now, off to the recipe. Sending this to day 2 of BM # 17 under "Quick evening Snacks for Kids". Check out the fellow marathoners here.

Prep time : 15 mins
Cook time : 15 mins
Serves - 3
Difficulty level - Easy
  • Couscous - 1 cup
  • Blanched peas and carrots - 1/2 cup combined
  • Boiled potato - 1 no
  • Bread crumbs - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Chaat Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric - a dash
  • Coriander & mint leaves - a handful each.
  • Chopped green chillies - 1 or 2
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - to shallow fry

  • Maida / APF - 2 TBSP
  • Warm water - 4- 8 TBSP
  • Salt - just a pinch
  • Roasted Sooji / semolina - a handful

1) Take couscous in a large bowl and pour about 2 cups of warm water on it. Soak for 5-10 mins and drain thoroughly.
2) To the soaked couscous, add the blanched peas, carrots, mashed potato and rest of the ingredients (except oil) and make into patties.
3) Refrigerate for 5 mins in a cling wrap.
4) For the coating, mix maida / APF with warm water and salt to a thick slurry in a shallow bowl.
5) Heat a shallow pan with 4 - 5 TBSP cooking oil (I used olive oil). 
6) Dip each of the patties into the slurry and coat with the roasted sooji. Fry in the pan on medium heat till both sides turn crispy and golden brown.
7) Remove on absorbent paper and serve with tomato ketchup or Jain Green Chutney

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  1. Nice way to include couscous. Looks yummy and thx for linking.

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  2. Delicious Kalyani!!!! here too the same, i ahve a pack of couscous sitting so paavam in my pantry!!!! shud try this!!!!

  3. Superb what a lovely looking dish...

  4. Very healthy, crunchy and yummy tikkis..

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  5. Oh that looks so delicious..I have personally never cooked with couscous..sounds very nice way to include

  6. Thats an interesting way to sneak couscous, tikkis looks fabulous.

  7. wow wat a wonderful way to sneak a major ingredient..loved it..will surely try this ..like all the veggies too really healthy!!

  8. tikkis looks very very delicious. nice one

  9. crispy and would love to try it :)) yum!

  10. Interesting way to include couscous...tikkis sounds very yummy n inviting..i too have made a tikki for my 3rd day post :)
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  11. True some secrets are best kept secrets. The cutlets look so yummy that I don't think I would bother to ask the main ingredient, just vegetarian....hehehe!!!! Nicely done Kalyani.

  12. Looks so nice tikkis, awesome...

  13. Couscous Tikki looks awesome!

  14. Such an interesting way to make kids eat couscous and vegetable.. Looks delicious and very filling.

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  15. Sounds interesting and tikki looks tempting,feel like grabbing it...

  16. Hey, Would you like to send this to "Let's Party - Fusion Food" Event ongoing in my space till July 14th? Seems perfect for my theme! :) Thanks!

  17. Wonderfully prepared tikkis..Nice clicks.Loved the onion rings :)

  18. Tasty way of preparing a healthy ingredient.I am sure kids would love this...

  19. Neat adaptation Kalyani! we love it too. Most of the time I don't divulge the ingredients :)


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