Leftover chapattis/rotis (whole-wheat tortillas) can be churned into this yummy snack or breakfast item. Can be made with fresh rotis too, but a day old rotis are dry enough to make a coarse powder without making it mushy. The recipe is quick and makes a tasty snack.




Chapatis/Rotis (preferably dry leftover ones*): 10

Onion: 2 medium or 1 large one

Green chillies: 5-6 (spice level to your taste)

Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon

Red chilly powder: ½ teaspoon

Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon

Ghee**: 1½ tablespoons

Salt to taste


*If making with fresh rotis, set them on a plate so they don’t turn mushy when powdered.

**The taste of kuskusa is due to the ghee – oil would not give the same flavor to the dish. However, you may use oil instead if you want to avoid ghee.



  1. Tear the chapattis/rotis into bite size pieces.
  2. In a coffee/spice grinder or a mixie jar, make a coarse powder bits of the chapatis – to the size of rolled oats (not finely powdered).
  3. Chop the onions and green chillies finely.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a heavy-bottomed (non-stick) pan and add the mustard seeds.
  5. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the onions and green chillies.
  6. Sauté on low heat till the onion is translucent and has brown spots. Cook covered to avoid adding more oil/ghee.
  7. Add the crushed chapatis/rotis to the pan. Also, add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder, and salt to taste. Stir gently to mix in all the ingredients.
  8. Drizzle the remaining ghee over and cook covered on low heat for about 5 minutes so the flavors blend.
  9. Turn off the heat and fluff up the kuskusa.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy 🙂

10 Responses to “Kuskusa”

  1. Sounds like south Indian Kottu parathas except it’s a chapatis ground. Looks yum, great snack item for evenings! :))

    From skribles: Thanks Asha. Yep its like the kottu parathas; but also no tomatoes.

  2. Wow it is so clever to make something like this from left over chapathies.
    Looks delicious.

    From skribles: Thanks Happy Cook

  3. Sindhi’s call it ‘stale maani’ … tatstes better with tomatoes and ginger added onto the recipe

    From skribles: Thanks Vic … didnt know abt this version; might try it out the next time 🙂

  4. Wow! Very new to me. I prepare a similar recipe with left over idlys. This one seems very interesting. Will try it 🙂

    From skribles: Thanks Anu – Yep i love the one with idlis too

  5. Hi, First time to your blog and like it very much. I had been looking for this recipe and found it here. I will try and let you know how it went.

  6. Good idea..Simple and nice recipe..

  7. wow, wat a gr8 way of using leftover chapattis…….
    looks yummy…..i’m book marking this one…….

  8. clever use of leftover food! I’ll try it now…

  9. nice to see this recipe. we make it with small pieces of chappati along with buttermilk…i like tht u have made small pieces using blender…great…good work..

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