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TomChAp salad

Two nights ago, I thought it was too late for me to eat cooked dinner, so quickly made something and asked my girls to give a name. A few names came up, and the best was “TomChAp Salad” .

I looked puzzled, and asked where did Tom and Chap come from. They said, you see Tomato, Channa (soaked and microwave fried garbanzo beans) and microwave Apple cuts as main ingredients and that make it up. I had umpteen other ingredients added of course.

It was a nice light dinner for the night. natural protein, natural sugar, natural fiber, natural carbs and some colors rich food for dinner and feels lighter too .

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To make this, just kept the thoughts spontaneous and added the ingredients i wanted.

  1. One Tomato – sliced
  2. Half apple – sliced to thin pieces, kept it in microwave for 1 minute
  3. Chana (Garbanzo beans) – soaked for a day (it was not planned, but was on kitchen counter, and i picked a handful) , microwave in a ceramic bowl/plate for 2 minutes – it becomes a bit crispy.
  4. Spicy mixture (had some on the counter)
  5. Raw Almonds – a handful.
  6. Chilli powder – a pinch
  7. Salt – if you wanted for taste – not required otherwise.


  • Arrange Tomato slices on a plate
  • Put a handful of microwaved garbanzos
  • add a handful of raw almonds,
  • add microwaved apple slices
  • sprinkle a pinch of chilli powder ( or according to taste)
  • a bit of salt and the mixture.

Feel free to be creative and more ingredients – viz., cilantro (cut) , chaat masaala powder, amchur powder, and so on.

Enjoy a plate for dinner – it is lighter and feels lighter though has required protein, natural sugars, and some carbs.



December 21, 2016 Posted by | Dinner, Foods and Recipes, Salads | Leave a comment

kOsambari – raw Cucumber salad



Ingredients and method:

green gram dal (lentils) – 2 cups
green chillies – (cut – 1 teaspoon)
ginger – shredded (1 teaspoon)
mustard, cumin seeds, etc for tadka
lemon – medium half
coriander leaves – nicely cut.
shredded fresh coconut – 2 tblpoons
salt – according to taste

soak the lentils for 3 to 4 hours
cut cucumber into small slices
Prepare tadka – place a skillet on stove / cooking range. drop a tblspoon of Olive oil. let it heat up. put few seeds of mustard seeds and cumin seeds upon mustards start split up.
add cut green chillies and fry few minutes
add some Hing (asafoetida) – a pinch for flavor.

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now drain out all the water from soaked dal. add cut cucumber into the bowl containing dal. add the tadka into it. add shredded Ginger.  No,  heating / boiling dal and cucumber is not required. add a pinch of salt according to your taste. mix well. top it off with cut coriander leaves and squeeze the lemon.

Serve by itself or with the meals.

February 23, 2011 Posted by | Foods and Recipes, Salads | | Leave a comment

Salad #5: Quick Cucumber salad to my 4yr old


One evening, L and I thought of prep’ing a salad for us, but our 4yr imageold, being a picky eater, doesn’t eat all the vegetables. And a handful of vegetables being Cucumber, Tomato, carrots, and couple of others.

So here is a quick salad we made for her. and it excited her more because of the shapes and easier to get some vegetables to her body. 🙂

picture describes pretty much what’s required and what was done.
potato Chips

cut Cucumber and Tomato into thin slices and make the shapes you would want, in our case we tried the petals of a flower. Arrange the sliced pieces in circle. Place a last piece of tomato at the center, sprinkle some Almond cuts and Cashews. Place one Potato chip at the center. She being fond of potato chips it made a difference. 🙂  She also added ketchup on top of it – she loves ketchup.


December 20, 2009 Posted by | Foods and Recipes, Salads | , | Leave a comment