All posts filed under: Salads

Happy Holi- A riot of colors & flavours

Holi– A colorful festival and a festival of colors indeed. A festival that marks the end of winter and ushers in Spring. Happy Holi everyone! Well it’s been ages since I played Holi. Perhaps the last time was when I was a teen.However we’ve  just been invited  to celebrate and play holi at a friend’s this year. Naturally I’m quite excited and hence was inspired to make something special as well. Any celebration is not complete without a delectable “something sweet” I decided to go with a family favorite-“Gajar ka Halwa” or a Carrot pudding. The recipe calls for grated carrots, milk and homemade mawa ( recipe included) to be cooked together. The carrots used for a halwa should be preferably the red variety most often found in the winter months. You could however use the orange ones if the red are un available. This halwa could be served hot or cold. It is even more decadent when served with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. Go ahead and indulge a little. INGREDIENTS: 500 grams Carrots (peeled and grated) …

Gluten -Free Banana Nut Muffins

Experimenting with gluten-free recipes is my new mantra.I like to say I’m still fairly new to this,and of late have been trying to widen my knowledge of Gluten free cooking. While I’m not really sure that I’m Gluten Intolerant,I just prefer it and feel so much better not eating it. I actually got around to making these Gluten free banana nut muffins for a Teen cooking workshop recently.I was of course overjoyed to find this lovely Plain Flour Blend (gluten-free) in the Organic section of Geant supermarket.The flour is a blend of Rice,Potato,tapioca,maize and Buckwheat and worked really well for this muffin recipe.The brand used is Dove Farms. There’s just one word to describe these muffins: Simple!!! I looked up Dove farms and came across a whole lot of GF recipes using their products. I have tweaked the original recipe a little bit.I’ve substituted chocolate chips with raisins. Love walnuts in my muffins…so in went a handful of those.The recipe called for 150 grams of sugar.I ‘ve reduced that to about 100 grams.Turned out sweet enough as …

Mango Mania-Let’s Salsa

The past few weeks has seen a lot of Thai cooking in my kitchen.Pad Thai.Green and Red curries,Jasmine Rice,Tom Yum soup and the list just goes on.Last night I made  some Thai fish cakes(with s fresh white fish and shrimp).I was looking for something fruity and refreshing to accompany the fish cakes.That’s when the mangoes decided to do the Salsa. A riot of flavours,delicious,colourful and healthy.I could even eat this as a salad anytime. Here a mango…There a mango…Everywhere a Tangy mango…We sure are lucky to find this wonderful fruit in all the local supermarkets here in Dubai.Such a variety that too…Kenyan Mangoes,Indian Alphonso,Pakistani,Mangoes from Thailand and Phillipines…True Mango Mania at the moment. So while Mangoes are in season why not enjoy them in every possible way? Some variations for  this Salsa: For the ingredients: Corn and Red bell peppers Avocados and chopped tomatoes Chopped green olives and jalapeno peppers For the Dressing: Lime juice,Olive Oil,salt and pepper Lime juice,fish sauce,chopped thai red chillies Lime juice,sesame oil and seeds I do hope you will enjoy cooking with mangoes …

Stir- Fried Bean Sprouts with Edamame: Goodness in a bowl

Summer is here and with the mercury soaring high the last thing cooking in my kitchen is a heavy meal.My mantra for summer is “Light and Easy”.This recipe for stir fried bean sprouts is the perfect solution to a healthy and delicious meal. I was looking at adding something exciting to  Bean sprouts.Bingo…thats when I spotted this lovely tray of bright green and fresh Edamame. Mmmm…Stir fried Bean sprouts and some eye-catching Edamame was my lunch today.Edamame commonly know as soybean are great just steamed and salted.A great  snack while watching those calories. Well today they are going in with some bean sprouts,green onions,ginger and garlic to give me a perfectly delicious meal and all in less than a couple of minutes. I hope you enjoy cooking this stir fry.I had these beans with some Chicken in black bean sauce and along with some jasmine rice. Bon Appetite!   INGREDIENTS: 200 grams Chinese bean sprouts(blanched) 50 grams  Edamame beans 1 tablespoon Sesame oil 1 tablespoon chopped ginger 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 thai red chilli(finely chopped) 1 teaspoon light soya sauce …

Green Papaya and Mango Salad

Som Tam or more popularly know as the Thai green papaya salad is the perfect accompaniment with any Thai meal.Now while one is spoiled for choice with amazing Thai joints here in Dubai,I absolutely love putting together a simple thai meal at home. Last weekend we were having a pot luck dinner.I decided to make a Thai green curry with sticky Jasmine rice and this wonderful Green papaya salad.I for one am a big fan of this salad. Tips on selecting the papaya: Do select a green and un ripe papaya for this salad.You do want the flesh to be firm and white as possible. Grating the papaya is the easy way out.however I like to use a slightly different technique as I like a nice bite to this salad. Use a peeler and remove the outer green skin.Slice  a thin layer off the inner white flesh.Have a couple of such layers ready.Now place all these layers on top of each other.Cut them in fine slivers-more at an angle. I just love the sweet and spicy flavours in this salad.The …