Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Salad Days, And Reminding Again

Periodically, depending on the stocks in my pantry, I often take a salad to work so that we have something healthy and guilt-free to munch on during the day. It's usually made of beans and peas of one or more kinds so that it's a somewhat substantial snack. Of course, there are jokes about how it's boring to bring/eat healthy food, but every few minutes, someone or the other returns for a couple of spoonfuls and only rarely does any remain by the time I leave. I won't be lying if I say that nowadays I take it more for them than for myself.

I seem to have hit upon a no-fail recipe in my garlic, coriander and lime juice dressing but today, I had only one lime and not much energy to reach into the deeper recesses of the refrigerator to extract the coriander box or deal a deathblow to a clove of garlic, so I reached for the mint which was at the edge of the shelf.

I told myself that I would post it here only if I liked it, and not just to fill the week-long silence. I'm glad it didn't disappoint me.


Here's how I made this salad:

Rajma/kidney beans: 2 handfuls, soaked overnight, cooked
Carrot: Grated, a fistful

Dressing
Lime juice: of 1 lime
Mint: 10-12 leaves, chopped
Dry ginger powder/sonth/sonthi/chukku: A pinch
Salt: To taste
Green chilli: 1, chopped, seeded, if you like
Extra-virgin olive oil: 1/2 tsp

In a container, place the ingredients under Dressing, mix and let it sit for a while, say for 15-30 minutes. Then mix it well with the rajma and the grated carrot. Chill it till you need it.

Needless to say, this salad goes to the in-house event My Legume Love Affair - Fourth Helping.

Now for the reminder. There's just 10 days to go for the My Legume Love Affair - Fourth Helping deadline. Please hurry up with those entries as well as with the e-mails giving me the details and the photos. The details are in the sidebar.

32 comments:

  1. Salade loks healthy but really yumm.
    Love the addition of mint.

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  2. Ilked the minty twist to your salad.
    But I have to say that rajma is my least favourite among the beans. :(

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  3. No wonder you return with an empty bowl each time. That looks fabulous and mint must add such a refreshing touch. I have a black bean soup recipe in mind for your event unfortunately I don't like the picture enough... :( so haven't posted it yet.

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  4. A beany salad full of flavor, guilt free snacking at its best.

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  5. yumm .. i love the mint flavour .. havent tried it with rajma though

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  6. If you don't have recipes to blog about, blog about your gym and gym-instructor, the one who wanted to know the convexity, of your, err, derriere. They'll make for fun reading :D

    This looks like a nice, refreshing dressing - love the idea of adding mint. I detest the commercially-available dressings here and usually add something tart like grapes to my salad or crumble some feta cheese. I know I'll like this one.

    Mamatha

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  7. mint..sounds interesting...I love rajma though...

    Thanks for the reminder...yet to send you the details :D

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  8. Thats a wholesome salad. I feel the rajma's more filling. And Sra, if I don't have anything to say in my blog "I don't blog" :) but I do miss u're posts. Atleast twice in a day would check for u're posts!

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  9. Salad looks delicious. I am not a big fan of Rajma and have some to be used up. I will try ur salad.

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  10. Hello sra, how are you? I see you are cooking up yummy food. Well..I try not to look too long at it! ;D
    Kitchen 1/3rd done,long way to go. Enjoy and take care.

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  11. Sra,
    salad looks very appetizing, with a dash of lemon and mint.Personally i Blog for pleasure and If I am not satisfied about a recipe ,I dont post about it and i like to take small breaks when I dont have much to say and write.
    Hugs and smiles

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  12. hi sra, this looks really easy but delicious. I am going to give it a shot

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  13. looks healthy..n perfect entry for the event..

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  14. ooh, salad looks so pretty! Yes, really! Of course looks so delicious and healthy too. I would love to take that bowl right from the picture and finish it asap.

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  15. that does look like a lovely idea for a snack!

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  16. hey!i'm 4m orissa n i'm an odia.i luvd ur odisa posts.

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  17. nice minty flavor..looks nice.

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  18. ginger powder is something I would not have thought of.

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  19. wowie, mint-lime dressing sounds very delicious sra.
    whenever i see rajma i remember the scene from Khosla Ka Ghosla ;)

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  20. oh i forgot to ask u something. i am still thinking whether i shoudl send u another entry or not ;)

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  21. Thats a simple recipe for a delicious salad amde in no time.

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  22. A lovely salad with rajma.. This will come in very handy...

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  23. Hey Sra,
    Regarding ur query on my adai post- all the recipes I've come across make use of at least a little bit of rice. I did come across
    this one though that uses grits instead.

    But rice mein kya problem hain? Also, if u increase the amount of rice, u could send it to Srivalli, no? ;-)

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  24. lovely salad. you have given a idea for keeping salad in lunch box

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  25. Love the colour of the salad... nice and healthy. Happy Diwali to you and your family Sra.

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  26. Fresh, protein packed salads like this make me happy any time of day. And the lovely flavor of herby mint is just great!

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  27. Wishing you and your family a happy diwali!

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  28. Dear Sra, just wanted to wish you a very happy Deepavali :)

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  29. Folks, thank you all for the comments and the wishes - I got lazy and now I feel lazier to reply to all these comments in one go! This will be remedied.

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  30. Ah! Rousing flavors and nutrition in a quick recipe. Must be so tasty with the mint!

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