Watermelon and cucumber salad

Summer, I really dread this season.  One does not feel like doing anything. Change in diet is needed during this season. Salads, juices, light meals, yoghurt and loads of  seasonal fruits are ideal companion. This watermelon and cucumber salad is a tasty and cool  snack to binge on. An ideal salad to beat the heat, as both are rich in  water content. (more…)

Healthy kidney bean salad

Kidney bean or rajma are a wonderful source of nutrition. They are widely used in gravy based dishes. But today, I have an interesting recipe here, Kidney bean salad, easy to make and healthy too.   (more…)

Exotic Spinach Salad for Doctor’s Day

July 1 is celebrated as “National  Doctors  Day ” in India . These professionals spend and dedicate a lot of their time in the service of humanity. They treat the sick and assure to give all the help that they can, for the inevitable, no one can avoid. A yeoman service to the society. On this day, I present a spinach salad, dedicated to all the doctors.

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Chickpea orange salad

Chickpeas are storehouse of nutrients. They are one of the richest sources of protein for vegetarians , rich in iron and manganese and dietary fibre. It helps in weight loss and ideal for heart.Oranges are rich in Vitamin C and hardly used in our cooking.Today, I present to you chickpea  orange salad.

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Moongdal salad

Salads form an important part of our diet. This version is called as koshambir and is usually made during functions. It is served to ladies during haldi kumkum. One can make it as an accompaniment with rice or chapati.

INGREDIENTS:

  • moong dal 1 cup
  • bengal gram 1 tsp
  • cucumber 1 big
  • oil for seasoning 2 tsp
  • mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
  • asafoetida a pinch
  • curryleaves a few
  • green cillies 2
  • fresh coconut 1 cup
  • salt to taste
  • lemon 1/2

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METHOD :

  • Soak moong dal and gram dal in water for half an hour.
  • Remove the skin of big cucumber and cut it into small pieces.
  • Drain the water of the dal and put it in a colander for ten minutes.
  • Later,put in a bowl and add cucumber,salt  and grated coconut to it.
  • Make seasoning and add to it.
  • Add a dash of lime juice to it.
  • Serve as an accompaniment or binge as a snack.

Tips :

Cucumber used is the long variety. Remove the edges and rub well in circular motion. Then peel the skin. The seeds should be removed.

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Tomato and Onion Salad

The tomato and onion salad is a simple yet tasty salad which can be made quickly. It tastes great as an accompaniment with chapati or roti. 

Ingredients that you need are :

  • tomatoes 4
  • onions 2
  • green chillies 2
  • sugar 1/4 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • oil 2 tsp
  • mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
  • asafoetida a pinch
  • turmeric 1/4 tsp
  • curry leaves a few
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a colourful platter

 

To make :

Wash and dice tomatoes and onions into small pieces. Mix them in a bowl. Make seasoning with mustard seeds, asafoetida,turmeric, green chilly and curry leaves. Add salt and sugar. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Choose bright red tomatoes. Make use of the firm ones for salads.

Take a tip:

  • Use fresh vegetables for salads.
  • Cutting of veggies play an important role in salads. Each gives a different taste. Grating, slicing into small chunks or big chunks, each is unique.
  • Make sure you cut all of them the same way.

 

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Cabbage salad

Many people desist eating raw cabbage. But it is healthy as it contains antioxidants, fiber along with vitamins. Try to include more of this super food .

INGREDIENTS :

  • cabbage ( a small green one)
  •  tomato diced 2
  • salt
  • lime juice 1 tsp
  • olive oil 1 tsp
  • coriander leaves finely cut for garnishing

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TO MAKE :

Shred the cabbage finely. The quality of cutting varies the taste of the food. Wash in running water . Keep it in a colander for sometime.Put it in a bowl. Add tomatoes, salt, lime juice and olive oil. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve chilled.

 

Carrot Salad

Here is a tasty salad  with the goodness of carrots. Recommended by all doctors, include it in the form of this salad.

 

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Ingredients:

3 carrots

1 cucumber

1 onion

1 tsp oil for seasoning

1/2 lemon 

Method:

Take carrots, wash and do not scrape them for the vitamins lie beneath the skin. Grate them. Just mix one finely cut cucumber to give a nice taste to it.  Add finely cut onions, salt and juice of lemon. Make seasoning and serve with lunch or have as a snack.