So I started this series a month ago to share some summer salad recipes I love and make with a twist! Last time I shared Spicy n Tangy Black Channa Chaat and this time I will be sharing something more soothing and refreshing.
Its summer time and I have my family visiting the lovely n cool Bangalore city (not so cool right now). I am always looking for ways to keep everyone occupied and have a few really fun, easy to do and light on the pocket ideas!
Have a Picnic! 🙂
Yes, while it is hot outside, parks normally have huge trees which provide adequate shade for you to lay out your blanket and sandwiches. Enjoy the day playing outdoor games with your family! I went to the Lal Baug Botanical gardens yesterday and it was one of the most refreshing things I have done in a long time… You can take some simple sandwiches n salads, Refreshing Summer Salad! play a few outdoor games and try your hand at photography.
PS – These pics are from my trip yesterday! 🙂
After some burning hot days the rains gods have decided to have mercy on us and have been relentless in their pursuit! So in this beautiful weather how can one not indulge in some yummy snacks and a hot cuppa chai… I made a few easy treats for me and my friends visiting from the hot n humid Goa!
- 2-3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and sliced (not too thin or too thick)
- Oil for frying
- Half cup – Besan (Chick pea flour)
- 2 Tablespoons – Cornflour
- 1 teaspoon – Garam masala
- 1 Tablespoon – Coriander, chopped
- 2 Chilies – chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon – Chaat masala
- Chili flakes to taste
There is such a wonderful variety of vegetables and fruits available in summer! To take advantage of nature’s bounty, in Star’s Summer Salad Series, I will share fresh summer salad recipes that are a healthy & a easy replacement to heavy meals.
I have some ideas where you don’t have to do much work or compromise on taste and most of these ingredients are handy in your kitchen. Have a go at them and let me know your thoughts and share your favorite recipes in the comments!
Black Chickpeas Chaat
The salad that I am sharing with you as my first recipe, makes me so nostalgic, as a child i used to buy this tasty snack from a vendor who used to stand outside the playground and serve it in newspaper boats. I always asked for extra chaat masala and nimbu, loved the spicy-tangy flavor which makes my mouth water even as I think of it. I hope you enjoy it as much I love it! Continue reading
It hot outside… and I am speaking of namma Bengaluru where the skies are always overcast and cool! I have a bunch of coolers made and kept in the fridge for any time that my system might overheat. Hope these help you too!
Tangy Ginger-mint cooler
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped Ginger
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 tablespoons Jaljeera powder
- Handful of crushed Mint
- Black salt – to taste
- Sugar to taste
Mix the ginger, mint, jaljeera powder, black salt & sugar with soda. Enjoy the cooling drink, jaljeera adds a tang to the spicy heat of ginger! Yum….
When I come home from work the only thing I want to do is relax, but as a single person who has to eat, I have to cook it. I have a few tried and tested quick fixes for a light dinner or snack which are a combination of mom’s cooking and my innovation. These recipes serve one person (me), increase ingredients as you require. Try them and let me know what you think.. 🙂
Quick Corn Salad
- 1 cup sweet corn kernels, steamed
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 1 small capsicum, charred on stove, peeled & chopped
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Salt, pepper, Chat masala to taste
Mix all the ingredients together while the corn is warm.. Enjoy!
Of all the things that cannot be controlled in life, one thing that can be catered just right is a steaming plate of pasta… One of my passions in life, if life allows, is to feed all the people who have not had a chance to taste this heavenly yet humble dish.
These past days my love for cooking this dish has reinvigorated and in one weekend I have ended up making 3 sauce variants! A beautiful Bechamel (white sauce) and 2 variants of the Arrabiata (red/tomato sauce). I think the biggest facilitator in this was the fresh, pre-cut veggies now available online in Bangalore and other metros. It completely motivated my lazy ass to created a home cooked variety of these simple to make dishes.
If you want to know the recipes do let me know and I will post them for you..