Couscous salad


This is an incredibly tasty and healthy salad…yes, taste and health do go together!

1/2 cup couscous (prepare it by adding it to 3/4 cup boiling water, switch off the gas and keep it covered for 15 minutes. Remember: couscous cooks very fast) Add a blob of butter and ruffle up the couscous, but this is optional. Add a little salt to the water if you intend to avoid butter.
1 cucumber peeled and cut vertically, deseeded n roughly chopped into crescents

7-8 florets of broccoli blanched in boiling water to which a pinch of salt and sugar have been added. Remove in about two minutes, do not overcook.
1/2 cup garbanzo beans (chola) cooked in salted water after soaking overnight. (I usually give it two whistles in the cooker after which I leave it on slow flame for ten minutes. The chola comes out just done)

A handful of cherry tomatoes halved
2 tbsps black olives pitted n sliced
A few mint leaves torn half
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Juice of one lemon
A hint of chaat masala

Mix all of the above, just before serving.

Shilpa Kapoor has been a model and actor, and passionately likes to experiment with traditional recipes to make them more healthy and nutritious.