All posts filed under: Salads

Tangy Onion Chutney & A Lazy Sunday Morning

  Yes and that’s how most Sunday afternoon’s land up being at our home.Lazy and with no  great plans for at least the earlier half of the day.Most often I declare that the Kitchen’s Closed .I  say this with every reason as,between getting a lot of meals together,cooking for my classes and all the recipe development and experiments that go on  through the week,I’m ready to have someone else do the cooking for me. Well this past Sunday was an exception. We were out most of the previous days at various lunches & dinners and wanted the comfort of a simple home cooked meal. We all crave that especially as it a mix of nostalgia of one’s mum’s cooking,perhaps a childhood favourite or just something easy and hearty that evokes a sentiment of feeling totally comfortable at home. Both the dear husband and son are quite fond of a South Indian fare.Now I did have some Ragi (finger Millet) dosa batter that was made up a day earlier.Well all I really needed was a filling …

Mirchi and Mime: Good Food served Quietly

  Now once in  awhile comes along a great and heart warming concept that stirs the soul and you think “Hey it’s a wonderful World”.Most readers of my blog are fairly used to my regular recipe posts and the odd product review along with a some  travel and culinary write ups. I must admit I’m not much of a restaurant reviewer,until my dining experience at Mirchi & Mime located in Powai Mumbai,last evening.This place certainly deserves a mention. Mirchi & Mime also know as M&M is a new fine dining and modern concept restaurant ,recently opened its doors in the neighborhood of Powai. This place has every ounce of success written on it. Kudos to the owners Prashant Issar and Anuj Shah  for taking a giant step in employing an entire team of hearing and speech impaired individuals as their wait staff. A great initiative indeed in creating employment to the differently abled. The restaurant has a lively, warm and comfortable bistro like ambience, with a slight French appeal to the interiors. The open kitchen plan …

Warm Beetroot & Feta Salad on Parmesan Crisps

  Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends… Darell Hammond     It’s been over five months having  moved to Mumbai. Time sure flies! Also we are facing the onslaught of a very hot Indian summer,something one had all forgotten about. Well yes we’ve lived in the Middle east for over 15 years,but some how never bore the brunt of it. I guess the luxury  of being in  air-conditioned comforts all the time made a huge difference. I find myself being outdoors a lot more here in Mumbai with either making quick runs to the fabulous fruit and vegetable markets in the neighbourhood, or a stroll on the beach or just walking from point to point.

Lebanese kafta (with Garlic & Parsley)

Well let’s say the past week has been Arabic theme nights in my kitchen. The earlier post on the Hummus and Moutabal got me experimenting with some Lebanese grills last night. I do make the Indian version of the seekh kebab quite often.This Arabic meat mixture has just a few key ingredients and the main difference being it’s heavy on the chopped parsley. With the weather turning slightly cooler we decided to brave the outdoors last evening and dusted off the outdoor grill. These kaftas get done quite easily on a Gas grill or even a charcoal one. I personally love the smoky flavors of charcoal but the less messy one to use would be the gas grill. Some key tips in making Kaftas: It is essential to use slightly fatty minced meat versus very lean meat as the fat helps in binding the kaftas together. Try not molding the kaftas too long as they then tend to fall apart. Beaten egg white works as a great binder. If you are using an outdoor grill do first lightly …

Moutabel with Crumbled Feta

This delicious dip is a popular selection of mezze served with most Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. A mix of the simplest of ingredients which include roasted eggplant,Tahini (sesame paste),minced garlic,lemon juice and olive oil.Put these together and you have a delightful accompaniment which goes really well with grilled meats,crisp pita bread or even just some chopped vegetables. My original recipe takes on a wonderful twist by the addition of some crumbled feta and sumac. This one’s a winner. How about giving it a try? Ingredients: 2 Medium eggplants (roasted, peeled and mashed) 2 tbsp. ml tahina(recipe below or store-bought) 25 ml lemon juice 2 cloves garlic(minced) 2 tablespoon olive Oil Chopped parsley sprinkling of sumac (optional)salt to taste Directions: 1.Mash the roasted eggplant. 2.add in the olive oil, salt ,minced garlic and lemon juice. 3.Mix well and add in the tahini. 4.Drizzle with some more olive oil. 5.Garnish with crumbled feta and sprigs of parsley…Serve with crisp pita. Ingredients for Tahini Paste: 1 cup sesame seeds 2 tablespoons  olive oil and/or a small amount of sesame …