Sprout Salad

Sprouts (moth, mulai) is often used to make a salad in India. Theses sprouts are easily available in the market in Delhi/NCR. I used to buy them regularly. In recent times, however, I make my own sprouts at home. For two reasons – because I am not sure of the quality of the store bought…

Vendakkai Pachadi (Okra And Yogurt, Bhendi Raita)

I relish any yogurt based dish – be it morkootan/morkuzhambu/kadhi, pachadi/raita or just plain curd and rice. One of my greatest hesitations of going vegan was that I will not be able to relish my favourite curd rice, a staple with lunch/dinner. When I first tried the vegan yogurt, it tasted different but not bad….

Rainbow Salad

Rainbow salad is a name that I coined for this salad as it has so many colours. I tried it for the first time when I had some very dear friends over for lunch. They enjoyed the salad so much that I was indeed surprised. I do not normally see Indians enjoying salads unless it…

Raw Papaya Salad

A few years ago, organic raw papaya was not available in the market. In many parts of the country, this vegetable is used to make several kinds of dishes. I too love dishes containing raw papaya. But I was always a little nervous to use raw papaya in a salad. Mainly of account of the…

Cucumber Tomato Raita

Salads, in the conventional sense, hardly feature on the table in India. Some regions, like Maharashtra, are exceptions. But on occasions when a salad is made, it is invariably a few pieces of sliced cucumber, tomato and onion. With a whole green chilli thrown in. But this is changing slowly with the adoption of the…

Tomato & Capsicum Salad

The concept of a salad in India is quite different from the western context. In the west, a salad will, most often, have some raw vegetables/greens and a dressing. In India, this is not the case. Salads are mostly in a yogurt base (pachadi, raita) with raw or cooked vegetables added. In some states, just…