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Salad #4: Cucumber salad

we tried this salad over the week end, and turned out well.


Cucumber – 2 (chopped)  (approx 63cents)
Tomatoes – 1 (chopped)  (~ 5 cents)
onion – (small to medium) – 1 chopped (~ 5cents)
Jalapeño chili – 1 (sliced)  (~2 cents)
bell pepper (green) – half  – chopped (~40cents)
bell pepper (other colors – yellow, orange, red) (optional, but adds better taste) we didn’t these in picture above
carrot – 1 (chopped/sliced) (~6 cents)
black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
if you have any dressing (italian, ranch, …) according to your taste, it might add a good flavor and taste. 

Mix all the vegetables in a bowl. Add the dressing if you choose to and mix them well. Refrigerate if you like the salad to be cold or warm it up a little bit in microwave if you choose it to be a bit warm. I tried warm, and it was good. add some crushed ginger as well. Add a teaspoon of olive oil if you would like.

scoop the salad into a plate. sprinkle a tea spoon of black pepper powder across. garnish with sliced almonds, pitted dates, chopped coriander. place this plate (if microwave’ble) in a microwave for a minute to warm this up if you wanted it to be warm. Add tomato ketchup if you would like. Salt to taste. No we didn’t add salt on our plates 🙂

Turn out:
it turned out very tasty. I ate this for evening snack, dinner and a breakfast. Cost for ingredients above was below $1.50 and that served for 3 times.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Foods and Recipes | | Leave a comment

snack: khara puri – spiced puffed rice

This is one of the snack items we used to munch on over the evening cup of coffee or after dinner. It also goes with some of the other dishes like rava upma, etc…


puffed rice 3 cups
curry leaves – 10-15 leaves
split chick peas – half a cup
peanuts 2 teaspoons
mustard seeds – .5 (half) teaspoon
asafoetida (hing) – one pinch
salt – to taste
turmeric powder – .5 (half) teaspoon
red chilli powder = 1 teaspoon
dried red chillies – 5 chilies

place a skillet on a stove. pour a teaspoon of olive oil and heat. put peanuts for tadka and wait till it splitters up. put some jeera (if required) and add peanuts, red chillies and curry leaves. wait till curry leaves get a little crisp and not leave till the peanuts and red chillies to turn black. add a pinch of hing and turmeric. add split chick peas (dalia) (hurigadale in kannada), red chili powder and stir the content. Now add puffed rice and mix all the ingredients on a low flame. leave it for 5 to 10 minutes with occasional mix/stirring up and take it out of the stove (turn off the stove too 🙂 )

you may also add sev if you choose to, it gives a better flavor and crispiness to eat.

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Chaat, Foods and Recipes | | Leave a comment