After all trials from the roundups, (WBB and festive food fair), I feel I need a break from the high calorie, but delicious, feasts. If you feel the same way, this is for you. And whenever I am late to get up in the mornings, and when my stove top is so engaged, I call salads for rescue. I learnt a bunch of salad recipes from Isha Yoga classes and they are my treasured recipes as they are so healthy and more palatable than the salads I eat here in US. Now to the versatile salad..
Carrots-1 or 2 numbers. Skin and dice them into small cubes.
Iceberg Lettuce- 1/2 . Chop into fine strips.
Dry roasted peanuts- 1/2 cup
Cucumber- 1 number- skinned , cored and diced into cubes.
Tomato- 1/2 . Cored and diced into cubes.
Lime juice- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dall, dry chillies and curry leaves – for seasoning/thallipu/thallidam
Mix all the vegetables and peanuts in a bowl with adequate salt. Leave them for 15 minutes. The salt would have done its mischeif, all water content from the vegetables would have separated. Strain the vegetables but don’t throw away the juice, it is great for a cocktail. Now add lime juice and mix again.
In a pan, heat oil, sputter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dall, dry chillies and curry leaves in the order said. Remove from heat and add to the salad mix. Serve with cilantro garnishing. The chewy carrots, juicy tomato and cucumber, crunchy lettuce and the roasted nuts will entertain your taste buds , and you will say good bye to your stove top.
Added on Dec 8th 2006 :