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…