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Pearl couscous are little edible pearls that were developed in Israel in 1950’s. Its a machine made rounded kind of pasta made from semolina or suji. It is ideally used as a base in a grain salad or risotto as it has a slightly chewiness just like any other pasta.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cup Pearl Couscous
  2. 1/2 Cucumber
  3. 1 Tomato
  4. 1/2 Cup fresh Coriander
  5. 1/2 Lemon Juice
  6. 4-5 Garlic pods
  7. Black pepper to taste
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1 Tablespoon Oil

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Cook pearl couscous as written on its packet. Generally its boiled in water. 1 Cup measure of Couscous takes around 1 3/4 th cup water. Boil the water and add couscous, let it cook for  10 mins until they swell up.  They should break easily between two fingers. Once done, drain excess water and keep it covered for  5 mins. Then fluff up with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a wok, add garlic pods and let it get browned or burnt to get a smokey garlicky flavour.
  • Throw in the couscous, salt and pepper and give everything a good mix
  • Take it off the flame and sprinkle lemon juice, mix well
  • Add in chopped cucumber, chopped tomatoes and fresh chopped coriander .
  • Spin well in a salad mixing bowl. Voila its ready to eat!
  • Enjoy with any meal or as a meal in itself.

 

 

Salads generally are very light on stomach and refreshing for the soul. Its a ready to eat food made up of small pieces of fruits or vegetables(which can be eaten raw). Its normally served at room temperature or chilled. Salads come in so many varieties and if accompanied with a little protein or healthy fats or even nuts can become a meal in itself.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cucumber
  2. 2 Tomatoes
  3. 1 Capsicum
  4. 100 gms Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese)
  5. 15-20 slices of Green Olives
  6. Few Jalapenos
  7. 1 Lemon (Juice)
  8. Few Roasted Peanuts(Optional)
  9. Salt to Taste
  10. Black Pepper to Taste
  11. 1/4 Cup Fresh Mint & Coriander Leaves
  12. 1 Teaspoon oil

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Peel and wash the cucumber and dice it, keep it in a bowl
  • Dice Tomatoes and Capsicum and Add it to bowl
  • Heat a non stick pan, apply oil and pan grill the paneer
  • Once its golden brown, Dice it and add it to bowl too
  • Add Jalapenos and olives and give salad a good mix
  • Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, and chopped Mint and Coriander Leaves
  • Finally add in peanuts and Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Toss the salad nicely to evenly coat it with lemon juice and salt
  • Serve at room temperature before main course or as a meal in itself.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Cups Atta/ Whole Wheat Flour
  2. 2 Beetroots
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 2 Green Chillies chopped
  5. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  6. 1 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder/ Paprika
  7. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera /Cumin Powder
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  9. 2 Teaspoon Ajwain/Carom Seeds
  10. 2 Tablespoon Oil
  11. 2 Tablespoon Ghee/ Clarified Butter
  12. Water as Required for Kneading

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Peel the beetroot and grind it to make a thick paste
  • Take the Atta / flour in a big tray
  • Add salt, Jeera powder, garam masala and 1 teaspoon ghee to Atta
  • Sprinkle Red chilly powder and Ajwain / Carom Seeds
  • Pour the beetroot paste and chopped green chillies
  • Finely chop Onions and add that to flour as well
  • Knead the flour, add water or extra flour only if required
  • Keep the dough in a Cling sheet for 10-15 minutes to rest
  • Take a portion of atta and roll it round with a rolling pin till 6″ in diameter
  • Place it on tawa/griddle and cook both sides for 2 – 3 mins till brown spots appear
  • Then add ghee as required on both sides and cook again for 1 – 2 mins
  • Take it off from tava and serve hot
  • Serve parathas with pickle, plain yogurt, raita or simply with hot tea/Chai

Kosambari south Indian salad made from pulses and tempered with mustard seeds. These salads are sometimes eaten as snacks, but usually as a part of full course meal in Udupi cuisine. Kosambari is made as a prasaad or offering to GOD during Ganesha Chaturthi and Rama Navami. During Varamahalakshmi and Gowri festivals women exchange kosambari along with turmeric and vermilion to celebrate.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cucumber Chopped
  2. 1 Tomato Chopped
  3. 1/2 Cup Moong Dal
  4. 1 Carrot Grated
  5. 1 Tablespoon grated Coconut
  6. 1 Green Chilli finely Chopped
  7. 1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander
  8. 1 Lemon Juice
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Pepper to taste

FOR TEMPERING (Optional):

  1. 1 Tablespoon Oil
  2. 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  3. A Pinch of Asafoetida
  4. Few Curry Leaves

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Soak Moong Dal for an Hour in Warm water
  • Grate Carrot and Coconut and Keep it in a bowl
  • Add in Chopped Cucumber and tomato
  • Add in finely chopped green chilli, Salt and Pepper
  • Pour in Lemon Juice, Fresh Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • Drain water from Moong Dal and add dal to the above salad
  • Mix everything and Pour the tempering over it
  • For Tempering: Heat Oil and crackle mustard seeds
  • Add Asafoetida and curry leaves to oil
  • Pour the tempering over the salad and mix it
  • Serve Chilled as a side or a Salad