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Friday, 25 November 2011

10 Different Salads- Easy Cook


Mr&Mrs COOK 10 Different SALADS
Cooking Mantra's by:Dr.Vrinda Hari
1.Banana Tomato Salad

Ingredients

2 bananas ripe & firm
2 tomatoes ripe and firm
1/2 lemon juice extracted
1 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
salt to taste
1/2 tsp. crushed cumin seeds
2-3 pinches garam masala powder
1 tsp. sugar powdered





Method

Chill bananas and tomatoes before chopping. Chop bananas, tomatoes into pieces separately. Sprinkle lemon juice over bananas and toss to coat evenly.
Add to tomatoes. Add all other ingredients, toss till well mixed. Serve immediately.

2.Toasted Noodle Salad

Ingredients

1 cup instant (maggi) noodles
1 cucumber
1 onion
1 tomato chopped
1 stalk mint leaves finely chopped
1 tbsp. coriander finely chopped
1 small green chilli
1 small flake garlic
1/4 tsp. chat masala
1/2 tsp. cumin crushed
2 pinches black (rock salt)
1/2 tsp. sugar powdered
salt to taste

Method

Crush noodles to tiny curls. Dry roast them in a heavy pan, till light and semi white. Stir continuously while roasting. Cool. Chill cucumber, tomato before chopping medium ieces. Take in a large bowl, chop and add onions. Crush together chilli and garlic finely. Add to chopped vegetables. Add all other ingredients except coriander and noodles. Toss with fork till well blended. Add noodles and toss gently. Garnish with coriander before serving. Serve immediately.

3.Potato Salad

Ingredients

15-20 small baby potatoes washed clean 2-3 springs mint leaves
2-3 florets of garlic
1/2 tsp vinegar
salt to taste
1 spring onion finely chopped
1 onion coarsely chopped
2 green chillies chopped fine
1/2 piece ginger grated
1 cup curd (yoghurt)
1/2 cup cream
sugar for light taste.
1/2 tablespoon oil



Method

Keep aside small portion of each ingredient. Tie curd in muslin cloth for 1 hour or so. Pressure cook or microwave potatoes till cooked but firm. Do not peel. Make one slit half way. In a small sauce pan heat oil and add ginger, green chilli, mint, garlic and onion. Switch of gas. Pour onto potatoes and mix by tossing. Add other seasoning i.e.. salt, sugar, vinegar. In a blender, blend cream, curd till smooth and light. Mix in by hand the small portion of all ingredients kept aside. In a shallow salad bowl take the potatoes and spread.
Chill both. While serving pour the curd mixture on the potatoes and garnish with chopped spring onion.

4.Crunchy Fruit Slaw

Ingredients

1 cup fresh cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, peeled, chopped like matchsticks (juliennes)
1 stick celery, cleaned sliced into juliennes.
 8-10 cherry tomatoes
2 canned pineapple slices, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, salted, roasted
1 tbsp. soft raisins
1 tbsp. pine nuts
1/2 cup cream
1 tbsp. mayonnaise or cheese spread
1/4 cup thick (tied) curds
2 tbsp. pineapple syrup (from can)
1/4 tsp. pepper powdered
 salt to taste


Method

Take a large glass salad bowl. Cream together cream, cheese, curds, syrup, salt and pepper. Add all other ingredients. Mix well, chill before serving.

5. Brinjal Relish

Ingredients
1 large seedless brinjal or 3 medium ones
3 flakes garlic
1 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
1 tint mild chilli
1 tsp. fresh mint leaves finely chopped
1 tbsp. coarsely crushed toasted peanuts
1 tbsp. sesame seeds lightly roasted
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. pepper powdered
salt to taste


Method
Grease aubergine lightly. Microwave or grill till soft. Even charring over a flame can be done. Peel skin, mash with garlic, salt, chilli, mint, by hand or in a small mixie. Add oil, pepper, peanuts, lemon juice, half coriander, half sesame seeds. Mix well, transfer to an oven proof bowl. Sprinkle remaining sesame seeds over it. Grill in a hot oven, till almost sizzling. Garnish with remaining coriander. Serve with finger of hot toast. Can be sieved as a dip for vegetable crudities too.

6. Channa - Paneer Salad

Ingredients
2 cup kabuli channa (boiled)
2 potatoes
150 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
2-3 firm tomatoes
1 onion
2 green chillies
1 bunch coriander leaves
salt, red chilli powder to taste
1 tsp chat masala
juice of one lemon



Method

Boil the potatoes (microwave for 5 mins or pressure cook) and cut them into tiny pieces. Finely chop, tomatoes, green chillies and onions. Cube the paneer into small pieces. In a large salad bowl mix together the boiled channa, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, paneer and green chillies. Add salt, red chilli powder, chat masala and lemon juice. Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix the whole salad together and chill for a couple of hours.

7.Green Cabbage Salad

Ingredients

one half of a small green cabbage
one medium sized onion
a handful of cilantro / coriander leaves
one fourth of a lemon
salt to taste



Method

Cut cabbage finely into small pieces. Cut onion into fine square pieces. Chop Cilantro/ Coriander leaves. Mix all the above. Add salt for taste. Squeeze the piece of lemon to extract the juice and sprinkle it over the mixture. Stir the mixture so that the salt and lemon juice spreads evenly. This makes a tasty salad and can be used in place of Raita in dinner. The above quantity serves about six people. A tadka with cumin seeds also enhances the taste.

8.Green Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

1 medium sized cucumber
1 tomato
1 carrot (optional, depends on your taste)
1 onion
2 green peppers
3 tablespoons of yogurt
salt to taste



Method

Skin cucumber and grate it to a fine size (almost semi-liquid state)
Chop the onion and peppers into very small pieces.
Slice tomato into small pieces.
Grate the carrot.
Mix all the above ingredients well in large bowl along with curd and salt.
Serve as an appetizer. Even tastes good with rice.

9. Tomato - Onion Salad

Ingredients

tomatoes 2 (big in size )
onion 1 (small in size)
curd 1 tbsp
chopped chillies 2
mustard seeds 1 tsp
oil for seasoning
sugar 1 tsp
salt as per one's taste
chopped coriander for garnishing
powdered peanuts (optional) 1 tsp



Method

Finely chop the tomatoes & the onion. Mix them together in a bowl. In a pan, heat some oil. When the oil is heated, add a spoonful of mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add the chopped chillies. Pour this mixture over chopped tomatoes & onions. Mix very well. To this mixture, add the mentioned amount of curd, sugar & salt as per your requirement & powder of peanuts. Garnish with chopped coriander.

10. Pepper Salad

Ingredients

lettuce 1
jalapeno pepper 3-4
red onions 1
green pepper (capsicum) 1
tomatoes 1
vinegar 1 tsp
salad dressing 2 tbsp
pepper powder 1/2 tsp
lemon juice 1 tsp
salt to taste



Method

            Chop the Lettuce & Jalapeno pepper. Then Slice Onions, Green Pepper, Tomatoes finely. Take a Bowl and put all these vegetables into it. Then add Vinegar, salad Dressing, Pepper powder, lemon juice & salt. Mix all of them well with a pair of fork. Serve.

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