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Steamed Couscous Sandwiches

Steamed Couscous Sandwiches

Idlis are often referred to as steamed rice cakes – They are usually a healthy, yet filling way to start the day in South India. Here they are served as sandwiches with steamed couscous.
By Priya Mahadevan

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Steamed Couscous Sandwiches

  • Author: Priya Mahadevan
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


Idlis are often referred to as steamed rice cakes -They are usually a healthy, yet filling way to start the day in South India. However these have assumed several variations over the years and people (self-included) have tried my hand at making these staple south Indian delicacy with grains other than rice. Couscous is one of them. Couscous has replaced many a rice meal in our home and I have blogged the recipe for couscous idlis before. This was a really yummy sandwich idli – I added the toppings of a veggie pizza – onions, tomatoes, bell peppers & green chili all sauteed into a dry curry.


  • 2 cups of Couscous
  • 1 cup of Yogurt
  • 11.5 cups of buttermilk
  • These babies can soak up as much buttermilk as you want to put in them – so all you need to is make the batter and cook asap.
  • For the stuffing
  • 1/2green bell pepper
  • 2 small medium red onions
  • 1 beef tomato or 6 salad tomatoes quartered
  • 1 green chili (optional)


  1. Spray the dippy Idli plate with oil
  2. pour 1 flat ladle worth of batter into the dips
  3. Flatten with a spoon
  4. Add the stuffing and flatten evenly
  5. Now add the second ladle of couscous batter and spread evenly over the stuffing
  6. steam for 10 minutes exactly
  7. Switch off stove
  8. Allow it to stay with lid closed for a couple of minutes
  9. Then, wet a spatula, spoon or knife and gingerly scoop from the base so as to not break them and place on a plate
  10. Serve with a side of chutney
  11. If you do not own a conventional Idli “dippy” mould plate, these can be steamed also like this


For those who do not have the idli mould or steamer, you could use a regular pressure cooker – simply find a plate with sides – spray it; add your first layer of batter followed by the stuffing and then the second layer – Use an inverted flat-bottomed bowl over which you can place the plate so as to not have the water seep into the plate. This requires some visualization, but I have no doubt you get the gist of it – Second option – amazon or any good Indian grocery store sells Idli plates and steamers…

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins


  • Serving Size: 2-3
  • Calories: 70 per Idli
  • Carbohydrates: 100
  • Fiber: high
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