Posts filed under ‘Salads and Raitas’

Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta Salad With Goat Cheese

This vibrant Sundried Tomato Penne pasta salad with fresh flavours straight from the Mediterranean is perfect for picnics, potlucks, lunch box or a light summer lunch or supper.

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Ambe Dal

The Mango Mania refuses to leave us. First the tangy green raw mangoes and now the luscious ripe ones. I am still hooked on to the raw mangoes and have been using them in every way I can.

Ambe Dal is a traditional Maharashtrian preparation, specially made during these hot summer days when green Mangoes are abundant. It’s super quick and easy to make (with the exception that you need to soak the dal in advance) and requires just a few easily available ingredients.

The tart raw mangoes are grated and added to coarsely ground soaked chana dal (split Bengal gram). This mixture is then flavoured with a spicy tadka (tempering) of Red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida . I personally love the flavor of asafoetida .

This cool,tangy-spicy Ambe Dal is served on a banana leaf along with Aam Panha (recipe here)

Here’s the recipe for Ambe Dal

Ingredients

1 cup Chana dal (split Bengal gram) soaked in water for 5-6 hours

½ raw mango, peeled and grated (depending on the tartness the amount can be adjusted)

½ tsp sugar

Salt to taste

For the tadka (tempering)

3tsp oil

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp cumene seeds

5-6 curry leaves

Pinch of asafoetida

1-2 dry Red chillies broken into pieces

Method

Rinse and Drain the soaked Chana dal.

Grind the dal coarsely .

Add the grated mango, salt and sugar .

In a small wok/pan heat the oil.

Add the mustard seeds and once they splutter add the cumene seeds.

Add the curry leaves, asafoetida and the red chillies.

Add this tadka over the Mango Dal mixture and mix nicely .

Cool and serve on a banana leaf along with Aam Panha. I love to ‘cool this dal in the refrigerator for half an hour and then serve.

May 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm 7 comments

Pickled Beets

I love Beets, so whenever I see fresh juicy Beets in the farmers market I cannot resist the temptation to buy them. The Beets that are usually available locally are quite big in size. I just love to boil them, chop and sprinkle some salt and pepper and eat it right away, when they are still warm. My other favourite Beet recipe is beet+Yoghurt- Raita/Koshimbir.

I saw these cute little baby Beets the other day in the market and couldn’t resist buying them. Even as I was buying them, this recipe for Pickled Beets from Elise @Simply Recipes was on my mind. The Beets were scrubbed clean the moment I reached home- Boiled (I did that in a pressure cooker), cooled, cut and dressed with the mustard vinaigrette -all done in no time. I have changed the proportion of ingredients to suit our taste.

These delicious Pickled beets are now a favourite in our house and we add them to everything from salads to wraps!

Thanks Elise for this simple yet delicious Pickled Beets recipe, my family loves it!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

6-7 Baby Beets

 For the vinaigrette:

2 tsp split mustard seeds (or you can use dry mustard)

~2 tbsp Cider Vinegar

~1/2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp black pepper crushed

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste

 Method:

Clean and boil the Baby Beets (I used a pressure cooker). Peel off the skin and halve them (If you do not have baby Beets, use the big ones and chop them into cubes after boiling)

Whisk together the ingredients for the Vinaigrette in a mixing bowl. Adjust the sugar or pepper/salt if required.

Add the boiled beets.

Mix nicely for all the beets to coat.

Keep covered at room temperature for ~ 1 hour.

Serve as a side dish or add to salads or wraps.

These Pickled beets recipes are being sent just in time for Blog Bites #6 @One Hot Stove

August 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm 7 comments

Summer salad

Summer is here and as I have mentioned earlier several times this is not one of my favourite months. The soaring temperatures and longer days are not for me; but I look forward to the grapes and mangoes that this season offers!

Summer is also the season to enjoy some delicious fruity salads!

This salad was accidentally discovered when I wanted to put together some leftover fruits.

The Green color of the apples (Granny Smith Apples) is very soothing in this heat. All similar coloured fruits and veggies are thrown together in this Salad with a dash of Mint, salt and pepper and some lime if you don’t mind the extra tartness.

Summer Salad recipe

Ingredients:

2 Green apples washed and grated (I did not peel them)

1cucumber peeled and grated

½ Raw mango peeled and grated (adjust the amount depending on the tartness)

8-10 mint leaves

Black salt to taste

Black Peppercorns crushed

Lime juice (optional)

 Method:

Mix the grated Apples, Cucumber and raw Mango.

Tear and mix the mint leaves.

Sprinkle the black  salt. (I added salt to as soon as the apples were grated)

Add pepper.

Add a dash of lime juice. (Depending on the tartness of the mango)

Mix once again and serve.

March 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm 9 comments

Boondi Raita

Boondi Raita is one of the most popular Raitas (Yoghurt based salad) in Northern parts of India. Also a very popular dish in the ‘salad section’ in many wedding feasts.

This Raita is very easy to make when you have readymade Khara (salted) Boondi available at hand and it teams up very well with Parathas.

I made this quick Boondi Raita, flavoured with Mint and some other spices, over the weekend when we had some guests for dinner. 

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Boondi Raita recipe

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1 cup fresh Khari (salted) Boondi

2 cups curd/yoghurt whisked nicely, chilled.

¼ -½ cup pomegranate seeds

8-10 fresh mint leaves torn

½ tsp cumene powder

½ tsp sugar

½ tsp Red chilli powder

Salt to taste  

Whisk the curd well.

Add cumene powder, sugar, Red Chilli powder, salt, mint leaves and mix nicely.

Just before serving add the Boondi, pomegranate seeds, and mix well.

Serve immediately with parathas.                                                   

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October 19, 2007 at 11:00 am 13 comments

Watermelon Papaya Salad

I was bragging so much about the wet rainy weather here and how it makes me crave for Pakodas J The Monsoon seems to have taken offence to this and has suddenly disappeared. It’s almost as if summer is back here and 99 out of 100 people are suffering from Flu, including my little one L

To pep our mood from the gloomy weather I made this WatermelonPapaya Salad.

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Watermelons are not in season but thanks again to Reliance Fresh we get most of the things anytime of the year now.

A simple WatermelonPapaya Salad with Ginger-honey-lemon dressing goes straight to Boise, to one of my favourite Blogs Jugalbandi and to the sensational duo- Bee and Jai for this month’s AFAM

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Watermelon Papaya Salad recipe

Serves: 2

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1 small watermelon– red flesh cut into bite sized pieces (or scoop out the flesh into small balls) – (~3 cups of pieces)

1 small Papaya cut into bite sized pieces (or scooped into balls) 

For the dressing:

1 ½ tsp grated ginger (or ginger juice)

2-3 tsp honey

Juice of half lemon

1 tsp chilli Flakes

Salt to taste 

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing.

In a bowl add the watermelon papaya pieces. (If you have the time and patience you can scoop out the watermelon and papaya flesh into small balls. It looks much better)

Pour the dressing over the watermelon-papaya pieces and toss gently till they are evenly coated.

Chill and serve.

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July 18, 2007 at 10:00 am 10 comments

All things Beet

Previously I would buy only the Beet-root without the greens. After seeing Asha’s Dal saag recipe, I was inspired to buy Beet greens along with the Beetroot. Thanks Asha for the inspiration.

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I have made my own version of the dal.I have used the Beet greens along with three types of dals; Chana Dal, Mung Dal and Toovar dal to make this very healthy and delicious Beet greens dal. 

I used some of the leaves to make paratha for my little one J 

The pink-red stems of the Beet greens were looking so fresh and lovely that I didn’t have a heart to throw them away, which I later realized was a very wise decision! I made a delicious and refreshing Raita with them, which complimented the Dal-Rice combination.

I made Beetroot Kanji with the Root.

After making the Dal and Raita, I had a sense of satisfaction –that of utilizing most of the parts of the Beet, not wasting much (except the beetroot peels). Jbeetgreensdal-and-stemraita.jpg

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Beet greens Dal recipe

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Ingredients: 

1 ½ cup chopped Beet greens

 ½ cup Chana Dal

½ cup Moong da

l½ cup Toovar Dal

1 onion chopped

4-5 green chillies chopped

5-6 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped

½ tsp cumene seeds ½ tsp mustard seeds¼ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp oil 

Wash the dals , add water, a pinch of turmeric powder and few drops of oil. This helps to cook the dals faster. Pressure cook till well done. Boil about 1 cup water in a vessel, add the beet greens and cook on a low flame till the greens are soft and well cooked.Add the cooked dals to these greens. Add salt and mix nicely.Heat oil in another pan. Add the cumene seeds, mustard seeds, garlic and chopped onion and fry nicely till the onion turns golden brown. Add the green chillies.To this add the Beet greens-dal mixture and cook for a few seconds more.

Serve hot with rice. 

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Beet stem raita recipe

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Wash the Beet stems thoroughly (I had about7-8 young stems). Peel the thin skin from the stems. Steam the stems. (I put it in the pressure cooker along with the rice and the dals)Cool and chop the stems. Add about ½ cup Curd/yoghurt to this, salt as per taste and about ¼  tsp sugar and mix nicely.In a small pan heat 2 tsp oil, add ½ tsp cumene seeds, ½ tsp mustard seeds, 2-3 chopped green chillies. Add this tadka to the yoghurt raita. Mix nicely and chill.Serve with roti or dal-rice or have it as it is.

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And that’s my little one’s paratha made with Beet greens!

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May 22, 2007 at 12:13 pm 9 comments

From the Salad Bar

      Winter is almost here and the temperature is gradually dropping down. I love this season since we get a variety of very fresh vegetables and fruits here. Veggies like carrot sport their actual pink -red color, instead of the orange-red color found during the rest of the year.Preserving fruits and veggies is also easier during this season. I stock on veggies and fruits for the whole week in this season without bothering about them rotting.

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These are few simple salad recipes I usually make. These are some contemporary mix-n-match type of salads, made with the available ingredients, not the typical Koshimbir or Raita type salads usually cooked in Indian households. They can be eaten by themselves without any accompaniments as a light lunch or dinner. I enjoy making and eating salads with the variety of colourful veggies and fruits available now. Most of the days I carry them for lunch. Relatively easy to make, Salads provide a lot of scope for innovation and imagination. Right from the ingredients, dressing to the presentation there is a lot of room to showcase your culinary talent.

These Salads are nutritional powerhouses – low on calories and high on nutrients. A few simple things to remember while making salads:Wash the veggies / fruits thoroughly before peeling/cutting/shredding them. Do not wash after peeling or cutting. Go easy with the dressing. Savor the natural taste of the veggies.

Veggie Salad

½  cup Moong bean Sprouts

½ cup peeled and grated carrots

½ cup cucumbers peeled and diced ½ cup tomatoes chopped¼ cup green bell pepper finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh green coriander finely chopped

For the dressing

2 tsp lime juice

½ tsp black/white pepper powder

Black salt or Plain salt as per taste.

Mix all the ingredients together. Just before serving add the lime juice and salt. If the weather is warm you can chill the salad for ½ an hour or eat it straight away.

Quantities for the veggies can vary as per availability and choice.

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Fruity-Corn Salad

¼ cup sweet corn kernels

¼ cup beetroot grated 

¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds

¼ cup fresh Pineapple chopped

½ cup peeled and grated carrots

½ cup cucumbers peeled and diced

½ cup tomatoes chopped (optional)

¼ cup green bell pepper finely chopped

2 tbsp yellow split moong dal soaked in water for 1 hr

3-4 lettuce leaves torn into pieces1 tbsp fresh green coriander finely chopped

For the dressing

2 tsp Mosambi (Sweet lime)/ Orange juice

½ tsp black/white pepper powder

Salt as per taste 

Toss all the ingredients in a large bowl. Just before serving add the Sweet lime juice or orange juice and salt.

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High Protein Salad

¼ cup sweet corn kernels

¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds

½ cup Moong bean Sprouts

2-3 Salad leaves torn into pieces

½ onion cut into thin slices

2-3 lettuce leaves torn into pieces

4-5 seedless Dates chopped

For the dressing

Salt as per taste

1tsp Chaat masala 

Toss all the ingredients in a large bowl. Just before serving add the Chaat masala and adjust the salt. Remember that Chaat masala too has some amount of salt so adjust accordingly.  

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Crunchy Pepper Salad

1 Red bell pepper chopped

1 yellow pepper chopped

1 green pepper chopped

2 cucumbers peeled and diced

For the dressing

Salt as per taste

1tsp Chaat masala

2 tsp lime juice 

Toss all the ingredients in a large bowl. Just before serving add the lime juice, Chaat masala and adjust the salt. 

All the above salad ingredients can be mixed and matched as per your tatse!

Enjoy these light and healthy salads! If you have any more ideas for quick and easy salads I would appreciate if you can share them here.

December 7, 2006 at 10:00 am 6 comments

Dudhi Raita (Bottle gourd salad)

Making anything for my lunch tiffin is a great challenge-Not the cooking part but the ‘What to make and carry part!’ Every previous night I face this dilemma…it has to be something which can be eaten cold, something filling, nutritious, tasty and something that can be cooked very fast-lots of criteria. I usually don’t get enough time to photograph my lunch box. But today I was lucky, thanks to my son who got ready without any hassles.

Lunch is simple; I have to work after lunch! So it has to be light and simple…Rotis, Bhindi subji (okra curry) and Dudhi Raita (Bottle Gourd salad)

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For Dudhi Raita

1 ½  cup Dudhi chopped

½ cup fresh thick curd (remove water)

2 green chillies slit lengthwise

½ tsp cumene seeds

½ tsp mustard seeds

1tsp oil

½ tsp sugar

Salt as per taste 

Add salt as required to the Dudhi and cook using as little water as you can. (I use the pressure pan and switch off the gas when the steam is just generated). Don’t overcook it. Drain the water and cool the Dudhi .Don’t throw the water, use it for making Rasam or Dal or making Roti dough. Beat the curd with a spoon to make it homogenous and add to the cooked Dudhi. In a small pan heat oil, add the mustard seeds, once they crackle, add the Cumene seeds and last add the green chillies. Add this tadka to the Dudhi curd mixture. Add sugar and mix nicely. Adjust the salt if required.

Serve cold! I had no choice but to carry it without refrigeration for lunch but Dudhi Raita tastes better cold.No accompaniments are required. It tastes best on its own.

October 3, 2006 at 9:12 pm 5 comments


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