Kimchi is a traditional side dish (banchan) of Korea. It is basically fermented cabbage pickled with chili powder, garlic and a few other ingredients. Traditionally, nappa cabbage (Baechu) and Korean chili pepper (gochugaru) is used for making Kimchi. Unfortunately, they are not available in my town; so I decided I could try making it with substitutes available locally. The first time I tried my hand at Kimchi was out of curiosity. To my surprise it turned out really flavorsome and I was able to use it in various other dishes as well, resulting in new delicious recipes which I will certainly share them soon over here. If you are making it for the first time, it might take a while to get used to the pungent smell and taste. It is definitely worth a try though.Continue reading “Green Cabbage Kimchi”
Fresh Mint Leaves. Cucumber. Curd. being the main ingredients of this recipe led me to name it Summer Coolant Salad. Pasta gives body to the salad, peanuts give the salad a nice crunch; whereas, the rest of the ingredients enhance the taste of the dish. It is refreshing and at the same time very nutritious.
It is important to eat the right kind of foods during summers because they help keep you cool and hydrated. Curd contains good bacteria that increases the immunity level in the body and helps in digestion too. I have curd everyday in the form of Lassi (half glass curd, half glass water, a pinch of freshly ground black pepper and black salt). It tastes delicious. 😉 Needless to say, mint is a perfect summer herb. I love the strong aroma that comes from fresh mint leaves. It is so soothing. I really enjoyed this recipe, hope you all do too. 🙂 You can adjust the quantity of the ingredients as per your taste.Continue reading “Summer Coolant Salad Recipe”
We all know how well sweet and sour flavors complement each other. Right? This recipe here, is another yummy example of the heavenly sweet and sour combination. This salad is very light on the palate and a great muncher. The Sweet Onion Dressing is more like a thick sauce, well-coated in potatoes and pasta. To be honest, I was attempting to make a normal liquid dressing. It didn’t quite turn out like that though. I think I still need to figure out how to make the actual dressing. Anyhow, this one turned out pretty great for now. The ingredients here blend really well with one another, in turn bringing out a lovely dish to savor or devour rather. 😉Continue reading “Warm Potato and Pasta Salad in Sweet Onion Dressing”
One great thing about salads is that they can be modified to one’s own taste and liking. Some like to eat an all veggie salad whereas, some want fruits along with veggies. Some like with dressing, some without and several other ways, I could write a book on it ;). One can really get the real taste of fruits and vegetables when eaten in raw form. For me personally, I like salads that are crunchy, refreshing, light on the palate, and of course, TASTEFUL! 😉
This is another one of my very easy to do, healthy salad recipes. It makes a great appetizer, mid-meal snack or whatever you may want to call it. I just followed my taste buds, tossed some ingredients together, and done!
This is what you will need:
1 cup boiled chick peas
1 diced cucumber
1 finely chopped tomato
1 medium size red onion
3-4 sliced black olives
For the dressing– 2-3 tsp chili oil, juice of 1 lemon, ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste. (Combine well)
Chaat Masala and spinach leaves for garnish
Combine all your veggies—pour dressing over them and mix well.
Sprinkle finely chopped fresh spinach leaves for some Popeye power 😉 (I still love to watch cartoons sometimes)!! and some chaat masala to give the salad an extra kick!
Note: In case, you want to make chili oil at home, heat 1 cup unflavored oil in a pan and add around 3 tbsp finely chopped red chilies. Fry for about a minute on a medium flame. Basically, we want to make sure we have taken the moisture out of the chilies. Make sure not to burn them. Set aside to cool and store it in a dispenser.
If you are adding fresh red chilies, you can use them along with the oil. Otherwise, I am not so sure about the same for the chili flakes.
I will soon be doing a post on how to make chaat masala at home. It is very easy to make and much cheaper and fresher than the ones sold in markets.
Till then –> Happy Munching! 🙂
I really like the taste of bell-peppers with a dash of lemon and a little salt. Only this time, I tried them with a legume.
Review at home: Refreshing.Nutritious.Tasty!
Feel free to add any of your favorite veggies/fruits as per you liking. 🙂Continue reading “Black-eyed Beans Fresh Veggie Salad”