Showing posts with label cucumber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cucumber. Show all posts

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WAR WITH RAW ~ ASH GOURD SALAD FOR ENFF

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
 Hi All,
Are you thinking I have gone RAW? ;-), But when I think of Nutritious food, only raw food comes in my mind. Its natural and its directly prepared by God. Am I right?
Today I am introducing you our king of raw food, King of Vegetables; ASH GOURD. Don't get confused with Aishwarya Rai Bachhan. I am talking about Natural beautiful vegetable.
Enough of jokes now.
I never knew the benefits about this veggie, I always saw this was used during poojas at home especially on house warming day. And I really thought that only Brahmins(or who comes for doing puja)  should eat it. That is how it was, after puja they used to take it home.
Only after I joined SSY course, I realized the importance of its benefits. From then, it has become a part of my menu in some or the other way. I wait to use this in my preparation
I make juice with it, I make salad with it, I add it in sambhar, I make ash gourd fry.... The list goes on.
But,
Taking it in the morning in the form of  juice  by adding the equal quantity of water to it is the best for many healthy reasons. Season it with very little salt and pepper(optional). (This and beetroot juice are too potent to be taken alone and need to be diluted with equal quantity of water)

I have a 2 page notes on its benefits which I took it during my course.
I tried to find out the benefits of this from net, because its the evidence to prove my love for this veggie.




Coming to today's recipe,
Its simple, easy and healthy and NUTRITIOUS. So what are you waiting for?
Ingredients:
Ash gourd - 1 cup, cleaned, peeled, de seeded
Cucumber - 1 small, cleaned and peeled
Fresh yogurt or curds - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - 1 tsp or chopped 

For temepering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
a dash of hing
Curry leaves few
Urad dal - 1 tsp(optional)
Red dry chilly - 1 cut into small pieces




Method:
  • Take one cup ash gourd. Either grate it or churn it in a mixer just for half a minute. I prefer the latter one.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Cut the cucumber in to small cubes.
  • Take yogurt in a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to it. Mix well. Add the ash gourd and cucumber. Mix well and refrigerate for some time(if you have)
  • Till that,
  • heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add urad dal and allow to change the color.
  • Add curry leaves, hind and red dry chilly.
  • Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
  • Add it to the ready salad.
  • Serve cold with chapati or rice.

  • The other day I had it with khara pongal :-)
WILL COME WITH DIFFERENT NUTRITIOUS FOOD IN THE NEXT POST FOR THIS EVENT. (THIS TIME NOT RAW FOR SURE)







Keep Smiling,

Monday, February 8, 2010

Salad parade!!!



Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Salads!!! I love the colors of salad! I feel salad is like India!!! Many raw vegetables mixed in a bowl still brings the best taste, Unity in diversity!!! same like many states, cultures, languages and people make turn India in to a great place to live in!!(forget about dirty politics and few bad things!, They are just like bitter cucumber or spoiled green leaf in a salad!!) Am I writing something wrong!! 
I have already posted these salads before also (Click here for the older post). But the introduction for that was different and it was for another event. And I have added one more salad to this parade.
Hope you all will enjoy the beautiful salad parade.
(The best recipes for raw food diet!)
Simple Raw Vegetable Salad :
Take vegetables of your choice(which you can eat raw)
Cucumber, Carrot, Onion, Tomato, Onion, Chilli, Ginger, Lettuce leaves. Cut in to desired size and shapes. We love to cut in to long peices as it is easy for my kids to hold in the hand.
Salt to taste
Lime Juice as per taste
Vinegar - 1/2 tsp
Green and black olives - 1/2 cup
(Not in this photo)
Olive Oil - 1 tsp
Oregano or mixed herb - 1 tbsp crushed
Mix all in a Salad bowl and enjoy the crispy taste.
Tomato and Onion Salad,
Tomato - 2 big Chopped 
Onion - 1 Medium chopped lengthwise
Fresh Coconut - 4 to 6 tbsp
Dalia powder(dry chana or puthani) - 1 tbsp Crushed
Salt to taste
Fresh Coriander - little
Mix all in a bowl and eat it with crispy Papad.







Veg and Curds Salad
Cucumber - 1 big chopped
Tomato - 1 big chopped
Curds(Fresh) - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Green Chilly - 1 small chopped(optional)
Fresh Coriander - little
Mix all in a bowl and eat chilled.

Beat and bean salad
Sprouted moong - 1 cup, wash two times to remove the smell
(Green moong, moth, chana, which ever you like to eat raw and sprouted)
Beet root - 1 medium, washed, peeled and grated
Cucumber - 1 big, washed and cut into very small, thin and long pieces.
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander - handful
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and serve.
Radish Salad
This is a very common salad in my house, as my mom loves  to it with jowar rotti. 
Radish - 1 big, washed and cut into small cubes
Radish leaves(fresh) - 1 bowl, washed and chopped finely
Onion - 1 medium, washed, peeled and cut into cubes
Oil - 1 tbsp
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Niger seeds powder - 2 tsp(Click here for the recipe), (Optional, but gives an unique taste to the salad)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and serve. Goes well with Jowar rotti.

These all salads are marching into Sudeshna's 


                                       

AND 


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