I suddenly realized that it has been quite a while since I made anything out of couscous. Moreover there was this packet of couscous in my pantry begging for attention. Thats when I thought I should be looking through all my bookmarks for couscous related recipes and saw this post from Tastefully Veggie. I thought I should give it a shot. I altered the recipe to suit our taste. If Couscous is not available, it becomes the delicious Rava Idli. I love the addition of nuts in these idlis as they give a special crunch to it. These idlis tasted just as yummy as Rava idli with a hint of couscous. Give it a try and I am sure it would be a regular at your place too.

Couscous Idli

Ingredients - 

Couscous 1/2 cup
Sooji / Semolina / Rava 1/2 cup
Curds/Yogurt 1 cup (well beaten) (or as required)
Vegetables (Carrots, Beans, Cabbage, Peas) Finely chopped/grated 1 cup
Dried Nuts Coarsely Chopped 3 Tbsp (I used Peanuts, Almonds and Walnuts)
Green Chillies + Ginger + Coriander leaves (as per taste)
Baking Soda 3/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1 tsp, Curry Leaves torn into bits few)

Method Of Preparation - 

In a heated sauce pan, prepare the seasoning by adding oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds splutter and the dals brown, add all the finely chopped vegetables and saute for about 2-3 min until the moisture in them is dried up.

To the above mix, add the chopped nuts, rava and green chillies mixture , salt, turmeric and saute for a min or two. 

Add couscous and remove from fire. Mix well and keep aside for a couple min.

Meanwhile, prepare the idli plates by greasing them with oil as needed.

Now add baking soda and mix well into the rava-couscous mixture. Add the beaten curds and mix well. The consistency should be a thicker version of idli batter.

Quickly pour in the idli moulds and steam for about 15-18 min.

Couscous Idli

Carefully remove from the moulds and serve hot with chutney of your choice!

Packing these Idlis for Suma's event 'Cooking With Seeds - Wheat'

also to ARS Event B - Breakfast by Charita 

and to 'Bookmarked' Event by Priya and Aipi.

Check out the my friends doing the Blogging Marathon, along with me..
30 Minutes Meals:Priya MahadavanPavani
Seven Days of Salad: llaDivya Vikram
For Ongoing 7 Events: Priya SureshSuma Gandlur
Kids Friendly: VatsalaJay,Kamalika.

Preparation Time 30 min
Makes 16 Idlis


  1. Usha Says:
  2. That is an interesting recipe! Tempting and healthy as well!

  3. Ila Says:
  4. Ho yummy Yummy :) nice one :)

  5. I love the color of idlis... this one is very healthy ...


  6. lovely couscous idli a must try, very innovative and delicious.

  7. Preety Says:
  8. idlis made with couscous..that's innovative

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Idli looks soo soft and yummy, cant wait to try..

  11. Vaishali Says:
  12. What an unusual use of couscous and what a great idea! Harini, these look absolutely delicious.

  13. Unknown Says:
  14. an unique cmbo,worth trying it.

  15. delicious addition of couscous in the idli

  16. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  17. I love this version of idli with couscous, looks so soft and yummy.
    Regarding the baked oatmeal, not sure about adding bananas but you can add yogurt.

  18. Suma Gandlur Says:
  19. Thanks for these healthy idlies.
    BTW, did you use baking soda for yesterday's ponganalu recipe. I tried them last night and they didn't puff up as the regular ones do.

  20. Unknown Says:
  21. making idlis with couscous is just too good...they are perfect!

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  22. divya Says:
  23. Slurp,mouthwatering here, wat a delicious idli...

  24. Srivalli Says:
  25. Harini, the idlis look very tempting!

  26. Malar Gandhi Says:
  27. Sounds amazing, beautiful idlies, loved ur innovative idea...

  28. Pavani Says:
  29. Very innovative dish with couscous. East meets West in a Idli--love it.

  30. Charitha Says:
  31. its really new to me..never heard of this..thanks for sharing dear..


  32. Smita P Says:
  33. After i read your post... i also realized that i have a box of couscous in the top shelf... lovely way to use it.. Thanks for sharing this recipe.. :)

  34. Idli with couscous... Wow.. loving it already... So inviting...

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