GRILLED FENNEL SALAD WITH HONEY-LIME DRESSING

Probably, one of the easiest and tastiest things you can do with a fennel bulb, Grilled Fennel Salad
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A fennel salad can make a healthy yet delicious addition to your summer meals. Well, any season for that matter but I find the addition of cherry tomatoes and lime in the dressing, a boon for summer! While fennel bulbs are not a part of your everyday grocery store, you should be able to find them in farmers markets and specialty grocery stores. When you do find it, do not pass up the chance to explore a new vegetable and its great flavor. Continue reading

BROCCOLI TOFU SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE

Broccoli Tofu Salad
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Fiber and protein and a liberal dose of juicy red pomegranate deliciousness is what you get from this Broccoli Tofu Salad. Whether you are trying a new detox salad diet or you want to eat salads because the summer heat makes the thought of heavy food revolting, this broccoli tofu salad is just the thing for you! The other day, I received an email from a reader thanking for a cauliflower recipe and how she had never cooked a cauliflower before. Like ever! Growing up, we had so much cauliflower at home, ate them as street-food from hawkers, ate them… Continue reading

SKINNY TOMATO CHAAT – NO COOKING REQUIRED

Tomato Chaat
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Skinny Tomato Chaat is the recipe for this RAVISHING TUESDAY! Chaat is term describing savoury snacks, typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or food carts in India (the best restaurants fail to mimic the taste from food carts :P) The word in Hindi means to lick or to devour with relish; eat noisily. This is the definition from Wikipedia. There could not be a more apt way to explain chaat to a chaat virgin! I call this skinny because this is one of those rare recipes with absolutely no oil, no cooking and no sev (fried lentil crisps). Note… Continue reading

CUCUMBER SESAME SALAD WITH HONEY

Cucumber Sesame Salad
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This cucumber sesame salad (or any cucumber salad for that matter) can be a refreshing start or accompaniment to a meal on a hot summer after noon. With a nutty texture from sesame and a minty fresh feel from fennel, this one can be a palate cleanser between courses too. You know how they serve a cucumber salad on the table at a Chinese restaurant? I have always wanted to do that. Have a huge bowl of cucumber salad plopped up on the table with my meal. There are 2 reasons for this: 1)      It makes my mealtimes very fancy-pantsy… Continue reading

BAKED HASSELBACK ZUCCHINI WITH GARLIC

Baked Hasselback Zucchini
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Baked Hasselback Zucchini was my tweak this Memorial Day weekend on the traditional Swedish hasselback potatoes. The food photos spread out over the internet for the weekend were mostly of barbecues, salads and potatoes. Not being a great fan of mashed potatoes, I decided to feed my desire for potatoes and fancy food with baked hasselback zucchini. The garlic topping with the fresh herbs…. Ooo La la! Confession time again! While this foodilicious picture and description of my inspiration for the weekend makes it look like I had a super-productive weekend, it was quite the opposite. Not that I am claiming any… Continue reading

SPRING SALAD WITH TORTELLINI

Spring Salad with tortelleni
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Assuaging my guilt for indulging in those luscious, decadent Drunken Brownies, I had salad as a part of more than one meal this week. Of the 2-3 salads I made, this Spring Salad with tortellini was the winner! Looks like the spring is here? Finally! I do not have to bundle up every time I step foot outside of my door. But I will miss having soups. Sigh… Nevertheless, I have decided to explore the vast avenue of salads and some homemade dressings. Not exactly a super low-calorie salad considering the pasta and the cheese in it but it sure… Continue reading

Crunchy Hulled Mung Bean Salad | Kosambari

Mung Bean Salad
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My mom, like most moms in the world always made the yummiest food. She wanted my bro and me to be well-fed children (read fat kids! :P) which means that we hardly ever ate salads. This was among the few that she made at home. Others included different versions of this or sliced veggies sprinkled with salt and pepper! Not until late in life did I learn that salads can have creamy dressings and meat and eggs! Don’t get me wrong; these new salads (new for me) are very tasty but when mom makes this, I think “Whoa! That’s one… Continue reading

RAITA | VEG SALAD WITH YOGURT DRESSING

Raita
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Raita is prepared in many ways throughout India to serve as a side with food, mainly rice. I love the taste of vegetable raita, especially the blend of tomato juice with yogurt. It took me a while to attain perfection and mine would end up with lumps of yogurt until I just stumbled upon the idea of rectifying that one fine day! PrintRAITA | VEG SALAD WITH YOGURT DRESSING Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutes Serves: 3-4 Ingredients1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes 2tbsp finely chopped green bell pepper (capsicum)… Continue reading

CARROT SALAD WITH PEANUT DRESSING

Carrot Salad
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I am basically a health freak.  Not in the conventional sense probably because I eat junk, fried food, starchy food but… Most of the meals I prepare are balanced meals. If one meal had some deep fried veggie in it, the second meal of the day will include a salad and some entrée low on calories. What does this mean for my husband, Nachiket and our future children? Don’t ever think about skipping your veggies! Carrot Salad is a family hand-me down recipe. I learnt this from my sis-in-law who learnt it from someone who learnt it from…. Huh… I… Continue reading