Wheat Couscous Patties

By DK on Jun 01, 2010
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Sometimes it can indeed get boring and monotonous to make the same things again and again. But by making  few changes, either by way of adding new ingredients, adopting a different cooking process or something as simple as changing the way the dish is presented can provide that much needed difference. Just because I love trying out new ingredients (whatever I see in the groceries around me), I do not always feel inclined to try a new type of dish. I mean, its great but I am not one to buy one bottle of spice or sauce when all I am going to use it for is ONE recipe! I see these Food network chef's using a small bit from a huge bottle - well they sure can afford to do that - but not me! I try to look out for/ create new things in the kitchen mostly with regular ingredients in my pantry. Trust me - if you look for it, you will be astounded at the variety that's available out there in your own pantry!
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Keeping that in mind is this recipe for Couscous patties. I enjoyed a similar recipe in my colleagues house where she had added cheese, eggs and bread crumbs along with few vegetables to regular couscous to make deep fried croquettes. They were MIND BLOWING! I loved them and got her recipe. I made changes with few things to suit my needs and whatever I had on hand. I ended up using almost same vegetables since I had them but made them eggless and shallow fried them instead of deep frying. I also made them into patties instead of cylinders. Lets go to the recipe directly now shall we?
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Serves: 3 people
Yield: Makes 6 patties
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous (or use regular)
  • 2-3 small eggplants called Indian brinjal, chopped finely (or use 1 medium eggplant)
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 red capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 onion,chopped finely
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cumin-coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • zest of one lemon and 2 tsp of lemon juice
  • about 6-7 tbsp fresh plain yogurt
  • few sprigs of cilantro,chopped
  • salt to taste
Place the couscous in a bowl and pour 1 cup of boiling water. Close the lid and let it sit aside for about 10 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Fluff up the grains using a fork. Set aside.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
In a skillet, add 1 tsp of oil and fry the eggplant until soft and golden.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Place it in a bowl.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Next in the same skillet, add the onions, garlic, carrot, tomato paste along with spice powders and cook until soft. Add little salt to the mixture and sprinkle little water. This way you don't have to add oil again for cooking. Cover and cook for few minutes until its soft and cooked.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Add it to the eggplant.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Next add another 1/2 tsp of oil to the same skillet and add the capsicum. I know it sounds monotonous, but separately cooking helps them to cook properly. Or you can always use any vegetables you like - which you normally would while making your couscous pilaf/upma.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Once cooked add the bell peppers to the bowl with other vegetables.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Next add the couscous and rest of the ingredients top the bowl.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Give it a good mix. Add seasoning if needed.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Now shape them into patties and refrigerate them covered for at least 15 minutes.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Now there are multiple ways you can proceed with the recipe 1) You can enjoy them as it is. Everything is already cooked hence it can be enjoyed as it is. 2) You can Bake them at 400F for few minutes to heat them up and to crust the surface. The idea is just to create a light crust on the surface of the patties. 3) You can shallow fry like I did. It really does not soak up oil that much to fear the calories. Just add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan  which is what I have done here.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Turn after 3-4 minutes. See that light crust. Makes the surface crispy.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
Drop them on a paper towel.
Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
I serve them with salads - esp. with green salads, this really goes well. Loads of nutrition, hearty and a great way to coax kids to eat healthy stuff! Couscous Patties/burger/cutlet recipe
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27 Responses to “Wheat Couscous Patties”
  1. I have made veggie burgers, but never couscous ones,,,I love couscous we have in Trinidad with our meals instead of rice,,I will try your couscous burgers for sure THANKS Querino

  2. I have made veggie burgers, but never couscous ones,,,I love couscous we have in Trinidad with our meals instead of rice,,I will try your couscous burgers for sure THANKS Querino

  3. meenakshi

    Hi DK,
    I made the same with Bulgur and it came out excellent. I used it as a sandwich filling(more like grilled bulgur-veg sandwich).

  4. Iris

    Hi .. I was wondering if i can use the coarse rava instead of wheat couscous…Will it still turn out the same? as that is what i have in the pantry right now. I was planning to make it today!!! any advice?? :roll:

  5. sonal

    hi the link thats is mentioned about what is couscous , after reading the discrption , one can use rava or semolina as there around 3 varieties avaliable , so one can thick /mota rava /semolina or other tht can be used is a rava thts been used to make gujarati sweet dish called laapsi ,so ideal 1 would tht one tht is used to make laapsi .

  6. Geeta Kapur

    This really looks great to eat n serve as a exciting snack m sure kids will luv it too……

  7. I love the way you have used the couscus to make a snack. I can’t wati to try it! Thanx Dk (what does it stand for?)
    for making life easier. Have given my feedback on Hakka noodles and will do so for this one too.

  8. tapasya

    wht is whole wheat couscous? i tried ur link u wrote in reply to the same question, but still cant figure it out.. is it daliya??

    I was told its available in v select stores. One store in Mumbai carries it. But its not daliya and I am not sure if its commonly available in India

  9. sunita

    hi there am back again what is whole wheat couscous (or use regular) means i stay in calcutta so what can be the substitute dar

  10. Jen

    Delicious! We made this tonight and substituted zucchini for eggplant.

  11. Swarna

    looks scrumptious DK..do u think i substitute corn rava like thing we get in grocery store. Just like u …I have this bad habit of stashing things into pantry..and this corn is in there…Cant remember the exact name??? maybe coarse corn meal…:)

    I am really not sure since I havent personally tried it. Couscous tends to absorb and cook like in 5 minutes. But you can try! Who knows if that works – you can add your feedback in the “I made This” feature. That exp. will help so many of us when we dont find couscous :) –DK

  12. azra

    it appears so tempting..wud love to make it…but b4 dat would like to confirm what is couscous :?:

    Here it is http://www.wheatfoods.org/What-is-couscous.21.10.htm This one has the details :) –DK

  13. NO wonder simply delicious!!

  14. I love such patties. I guess baking or shallow frying wud be my best options…your pics always come out great ! adding you to my follow-blog list :)

  15. Swapna

    Found your site recently and am still going through your amazing list of healthy items. I should commend you on your superb pictures. Couscous patties look delicious. Thank you very much :)

  16. Gaya

    Hi I tried this recipe yesterday and it was a winner. My daughter loved it so much. I have tried a lot of recipe from your website. very easy to follow with your step by step direction and pictures. Thank you.

  17. Yummy!i am trying this today :-P thanks for the the healthy recipe.

  18. These look crispy and yummy!!

  19. This is healthy and tasty!!

  20. Wow!!! DK thats one healthy snack!!!!

  21. Very neat and brilliant idea of making out patties with couscous..very delicious..

  22. Yummy!! Golden brown beauties I say :)

  23. Wow, the couscous patties look sooooooooo gud and yummy! :-P Thanks babe. :lol: will try them soon.


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