Broken wheat Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Grilled Tofu/ Fish/ Poached Egg12:04 PM
Following the menu that I talked about in my last post, today I am sharing the recipe for the second course which is a Moroccan style broken wheat (couscous) salad. I tasted couscous salad first in Olive Bar and Kitchen and was completely hooked, so with my Moroccan theme dinner party thought of doing this my way. I wasn’t having couscous in my pantry and neither Spar Super market nor Spencer was able to supply me this. Thus I decided on broken wheat or Dalia and am glad that I did. It has come out so good that even today we made it again for dinner. This time I served it with fried tofu and poached egg, and we again fell in love with the dish. It’s a complete meal in a platter that serves you carbohydrate, protein and vegetables. It’s truly an amazing dish, which could be whipped up in 30 minutes and therefore makes it perfect for weekday’s dinner too. Guess this will make good lunch box option as well.
Before getting to the recipe, let me share something that I found very interesting…
Ever wondered what gender some everyday objects might be? NO??? Read what Femina thinks
Ziplock bags: Male because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.
Tyres: Male, because they go bald and are often over inflated.
Hot air balloon: Male, because to get it to anywhere you have to light a fire
under it and, ofcourse there’s the hot air part.
Sponges: female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.
Web page: Female, because t always getting hit on.
Subway: male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.
Hourglass: female, because over time the weight shifts to the bottom.
Hammer: Male, because it hasn’t changed much over the last 5000 years but
its handy to have around.
Remote Control: Female ha you thought its male? But consider this-it gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while doesn’t always know the right buttons to push he keeps on trying…
Now the Recipe:
Broken Wheat Salad with Grilled Veggies n Grilled Tofu/ Fish/ Poached Egg
(serves 2 as a main Meal)
(serves 2 as a main Meal)
Broken wheat (choose the one with bigger grains): 2 cups
Onion: 1 medium
Baby Carrots: 7-8 pieces
Baby potatoes: 7-8 pieces
French Beans: 15-16 pieces
Cucumber: 1 small
Almonds: 10-12 pieces
Garlic: 2 cloves
Mint leaves: handful
Freshly ground pepper: 2 tsp
Stock Cube (I used Maggi): 1 pack
Cumin seeds: ½ tsp
Caraway seeds: 1/3 tsp
Olive Oil: 2 tbsp
Fish fillets: 2 pieces OR
Tofu: 2 pieces OR
Eggs: 2 nos.
Prepare veggies and Fish/ Tofu
If using fish or Tofu marinate it with little olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper for 10 minutes. After this take them in silver foil and make a packet. Place this in an ovenproof pan.
Wash carrots, potatoes and beans properly, smear with little olive oils, salt and pepper powder. Place in a separate ovenproof pan or tray in single layer.
Preheat the oven for 220 C and put the veggies and fish/tofu for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes check if the veggies are done and take them out.
Open the silver foil packet containing the tofu or fish and again bake for 10 minutes till they are lightly crisp and brown.
Prepare the Broken Wheat
While the veggies and fish/tofu is baking, peel and chop onion, parsley, mint leaves, almonds, cucumber and garlic. Keep everything separate.
Heat a pressure cooker with 1tbsp oil and temper with caraway and cumin seeds. Add in the garlic, half the onion and pepper powder. Fry till they loose colour.
Put little mint and parsley and also crumble in the stock cube. Give it a good stir and tip in the washed broken wheat.
Mix everything together and add 31/2 cups of water. Check the seasoning.
Cover and cook on medium for one whistle. Let it cool on its own and then open the lid.
Fluff up with a fork. Mix in the chopped cucumber, onion and almonds.
Preparing the veggies
Now heat the leftover 1 tbsp oil and temper with a little chopped garlic, pepper powder and parsley.
Add all the veggies and sauté on medium till they get a thin crisp layer.
If using egg then poach it just before serving.
Put a layer of Broken wheat salad. Top with Fish/ Tofu or Poached egg and serve with the grilled veggies.
Have a satisfying quick and healthy meal while watching your favorite program on TV.