Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Couscous mint salad

This salad (for lack of a better word!) was a very unexpected hit with us! It was one of those times when I found these really fresh bunches of mint in indian market and thinking of all the possible ways to use it, I overbought! These couple bunches of mint were sitting in the crisper for many days when I realized that there isn't much innovative I am going to do with these :-) Then I made what I knew: a simple mint chutney with lemon, cilantro and green chilis.

The recipe is very simple: process in food processor 2 bunches of mint, 1 green chili and 1 clove of garlic (optional). Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth with juice of 1 lime and salt to taste.

My favorite way to enjoy mint chutney is to mix it with some fresh rice & butter! yumm... but since I was out on rice, I decided to mix it with some couscous instead! I was a bit worried about how couscous and mint chutney would go together but they were perfect! I added some chopped tomatoes and cilantro for the extra salad-ish feeling :D The results were surprisingly good! I hope you try it :)

1 C couscous
1.5 C water
mint chutney (as many or as little as you want)
some chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp oil/butter
salt & pepper

Follow the package directions to cook couscous (I heated 1.5C water. When the water starts to boil add couscous & salt to taste, remove from heat, cover and let stream for 5mins. Remove the lid and fluff up using a fork). Couscous is a great fast cooking grain.. I find it milder in taste and so lends very well to indian spices.

To the cooked couscous, add oil/butter, add tomatoes, season per taste and enjoy!


  1. Nice post PJ, must try this recipe sometime

  2. Really innovative idea! Both pics are so good. Even I love couscous...very easy to prepare in :)

  3. thanks Saurabh & Sonia.

    Sonia, true, I love couscous... it cooks up in mins.. perfect for a hurried lunch or dinner!

  4. Thats indeed a lovely presentation and a healthy way to treat oneself. Nice entry:)

  5. thanks Malar! glad you liked it :)


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