Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cucumber Salad with peanuts

This salad is a simple, delicious and complete meal on its own - packed with wholesome nutrition, flavor, texture, and color.

For salad: 
  • 1/3 cup moong dal yellow
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts
  • 1/2 cup white Onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 cup Lettuce shredded
  • 1/4 cup beetroot chopped
  • half apple chopped
  • 1 banana chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped strawberry or Pomegranate seed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped raw mango (kairi)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon seeded and chopped green chili (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro (hara dhaniya)
Salad Dressing:
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground roasted cumin seed (jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For Stuffed cucumber:
  • 1  big cucumber
  • 1/4 cup shredded paneer
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or malai
  • 1/4  teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro (hara dhaniya)

    1. Wash the moong dal and peanuts then soak them in water. After half hour strain extra water.
    2. Mix all the salad dressing ingredients together. Keep aside.
    3. Finely chop Apple and Banana. Usually I use onion chopper.
    4. Next add all chopped vegetables and fruits, into soaked moong dal and peanuts. And add the dressing.
    5. Next heat the oil in a small pan.
    6. Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and asafetida.
    7. After the cumin seeds splutter, add chopped green chilies and stir for few seconds.
    8. Then mix it into the salad.
    9. Let the salad cool in the refrigerator for 15-20 min.
    10. Next for stuffed cucumber, cut it 1/2-1/2 inch from the both end. Then use apple corer to take out seeds and make it hollow.
    11. Now add shredded paneer, Heavy cream, cilantro, salt and sugar and mix them well. stuff this masala into the cored cucumber and then cut it into thick slices.
    12. In a serving dish pour cooled salad and then put the stuffed cucumber slices around the salad.
    13. Pour remaining paneer masala on the top of salad. Garnish with Cilantro.
    Note: You can do the variations with vegetables and fruits of your choice.


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