The monsoon has already started receding, and has left behind this crazy unbearably hot days! The soups will soon be forgotten and in its place a huge bowl of salad will make dinner light, bright and healthy. Last week whilst driving across our end of town, I came across these delicious grapefruits at the local market, thankfully not as expensive as some food baskets sell it at. The salad was planned right there.
A salad doesn’t necessarily need to be on a bed of lettuce, not does it have to be boring and put together at the last-minute. Salads can be zesty, fruity, crunchy and even have a bit of carbohydrates for good measure! My newly discovered love for couscous, sees me pairing it up with greens, fruits and cheese often. While many people mistake couscous for a pasta, though its made of durum wheat the manufacturing process is very different, The wheat is crushed rather than ground up to make the pasta. What i love about couscous in a salad is that it gives the salad a beautiful texture. (more…)
A few years ago I made my first savoury cake as a guest chef at a cafe on the outskirts of Mumbai. We piled it up with spaghetti and served it cut into wedges with sauce drizzled all over. Post that the savoury cake obsession died down till I discovered Savoury Muffins.
They are the perfect tea-time treat, combine it with the spice and veggie of your choice and you have a herby delicious healthy bite.
I’ve used smoked tomatoes, but a lot of friends didn’t manage to find this particular ingredient, you can substitute it with sun-dried tomatoes that are easily available. If you are not concerned about the extra oil it may add to the dish, you can go with the bottled versions where the tomatoes swim in olive oil. Or else opt for the dry version.
I’ve always loved the Nachos that are served at Hard Rock Cafe. It’s a meal in itself with close to 7 to 8 different toppings. This recipe comes very close to it and is perfect entree for a party of 10 to 12 hungry friends, where snacks and spirits take precedence over the main course.
I’ve experimented a whole lot with the textures of the corn chips and the cheese to be used. Nothing comes close to pepper jack cheese but when you can’t get your hand on it try Gruyère cheese or even cheddar and if even those are impossible then go with just mozzarella. Nothing better than the stringy texture.
I’ve often been told that beans are fabulous for health and I must include it in my diet as often as I can. So my mornings start with sprouted green gram and in the evening’s I try to make myself a hummus, (have you heard of black bean hummus? It tastes quite yum when served with rye crackers) or at times even use it as a base for my meats and gravies or even just stir fried in a dollop of butter with garlic. But this is the first time I’ve used 7 different beans together in a salad and it is quite a treat.
This is one the simplest salads to put together, if you have good knife skills. The first time I ate a Cobb salad was at Hard Rock Cafe. When the plate came to our table it was the amazing array of colours that threw me off guard, each ingredient forming a perfect line as it lay against each other, beckoning me to throw in the dressings and mix it all up. Food can’t be linear, at least not for me!
My love for feta knows no bounds…and its such a versatile ingredient! Toss it with watermelon and basil and u have a superb fresh summer salad, mix it with peaches and bacon and you have a warm winter salad, bake it with dates and you have a mind blowing dish at hand…do I need to go on…
If there is one dish that has managed to light up every single guests eye and plaster a smile on it, it is this one…a simple roll, baked to perfection. A crisp exterior, a sweetened centre and a gooey soft pillowy bite! Wait till your guests take a bite, hear the ‘ooohhhhssss’ and ‘ahhhhssss’ and ‘yyyyyuuuuummmms’ and take a bow.:) You have not just hit the sweet spot, but have become every man’s favourite chef (read person) and every woman’s envy. Enjoy the feeling.
I love a colourful plate of goodies to nibble on along with my meats and what better than a nice crunchy plate of a salad. As you must have guessed peaches are my favourite fruits. This year I’ve used them in smoothies, in a cheesecake and even in a trifle. There’s something about this crunchy, sweet and sour fruit that makes it a perfect combination with a lot of textures, flavours and aromas.
This recipe can be tossed together in less than 5 minutes. What’s more I’ve used a really, and I mean really simple marinade to string the flavours together.