Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Salads and Awards

Simple Carrot Salad :
When we were kids, my mom used to make a salad or raitha everyday, in addition to what she cooks. I guess it was her way of sneaking some veggies into our diets :) This carrot salad was my favorite. It's easy and yummy. Nowadays, i have started making salads frequently too.

Ingredients :
Carrots - 3
Green chillies - 2
Lemon juice - 1 spoon
Salt to taste minced cilantro - 3 or 4 spoons (optional)
Mustard seeds and urad daal for seasoning.


Method :
Grate the carrots and add salt and cilantro and mix well. Heat little oil and splutter mustard seeds in it. Add hing and urad daal and fry till the urad daal is golden brown. Add finely chopped green chillies and fry for another minute. Add it to the carrot and add the lemon juice and mix well.
Variation :
You can add yogurt instead of lemon juice and have it as raitha.
I am sending this to Aparna's FIC-Orange originally started by Harini (Sunshinemom) of Tongue Ticklers.

Cabbage and Carrot Salad :
I'm not a big fan of cabbage and i know only 2 recipes with it...the usual cabbage curry with green chillies and the cabbage poricha kootu. I have seen this cabbage and carrot salad at the indian restaurent all the time, but stayed away from it. It didn't look appealing at all. Sometime back, we went to the indian restaurent with our friends for lunch buffet and as usual i avoided this salad and moved on to the pakoras (Talk about healthy eating! :)) My friend asked me to try this and said it's really good. I tried it hesistantly and loved it. Never thought it would be good :) I tried it the next day at home and it has become a regular at my place now.

Ingredients :
Cabbage - 1/2
Carrots - 2
Mustard seeds and hing for seasoning
Lemon juice - 2 spoons Salt to taste
Green chillies - 2,3 (finely chopped) - Optional.

Method :
Shred the cabbage. Heat little oil and splutter mustard seeds and hing. Add green chillies and saute for a min. This is optional. My husband likes it little spicy, so i added green chillies for him. Add the shredded cabbage and saute just for a minute. It should be crunchy and should not leave any water. Let it cool. Add grated carrots, Salt and lemon juice and mix well.
Now to the awards from some dear friends ...
Yasmeen, Vidhas and Akal passed me this 'sweet' award. This beautiful award was designed by Yasmeen. I feel very proud to get this from her :)


Sanghi gave me the good chat blog award and Lemonade award. Thanks dear, for thinking of me. Makes me feel very special :)



37 comments:

Indhu said...

nice healthy salads... my mom also makes the carrot salad... and I have never tried the cabbage-carrot salad... looks very yummy.. will try it out :)

Dershana said...

I love the lemony flavour of this simple salad. This is my quickie salad choice too especially on lazy days with just some curd rice.

Akal's Saappadu said...

both the salads look real crunchy , I don't know many cabbage poriyal recipes, going to book mark this one!
unga amma technique dhaan naanum use panna poren!

Akal's Saappadu said...

and congratulations for the awards!!!

sowmya said...

thats a good one..adding cabbage to the salad..never thought of making it at home though we eat raw cabbage in restaurants

Priya said...

Both salads looks delicious n congrats on ur awards Vibaas:)

jeyashrisuresh said...

vidya same pinch. i too dont prefer cabbage.your salad looks yummy.will try.i use cabbage to make pakodas and rarely for curry.

Happy cook said...

Ilove that carrot salade, but i adore and love that cabbage and carrot salade.
Looks yumm.

Madhumathi said...

Congrats on your awards!
The salad looks great!

Ann said...

Hmmm..You are a health savvy dear..I request you to just visit my new post and make it worth with your valuable healthy suggestions.
Great pictures yaar.

Asha said...

Salads are great for lunches, feels good to eat them too. Enjoy and enjoy the awards too! :)

Varunavi said...

Congrats on getting award.Salad looks tempting

Madhuram said...

I also prepare this quite often. Sometimes I also include soaked moong dal.

Ashwini said...

Simple and healthy salads..I do the carrot one but not with cabbage..Congratulations on your award..

DEESHA said...

i love salads .. i too make carrot salad the same way .. nice pic

Varsha Vipins said...

What a yummy n healthy salad Vidhya..:)
Congrats on ur award..:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice color. love it.

Cham said...

Love salad at anytime looks pretty!

AnuSriram said...

Looks colourful and lovely! I too make this salad. I shred carrot, cabbage, bell peppers, cucumbers with a squeeze of lime juice, salt and pepper. Congrats on ur awards.

meeso said...

Simple and looks so delicious!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

easy and healthy.. vera enna venum idha vida?

Sanghi said...

Very healthy and attractive salads vibaas! Congrats for all the awards! u deserve all dear :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey, i think you can make something and post it in your blog for the masterpiece event.. i emailed chitra-amma and she told me to go ahead and post.. if u can make something tomorrow and send, i think it shud be fine. anyway email her.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Salads sounds so healthy and enjoy ur awards:)

Archy said...

Simple an healthy salads.. Hey congrats on ur award.. Enjoy !!

Usha said...

Both the salads look yum and healthy, never tried combining cabbage and carrot in salads...congratulations on your awards :-)

Priya Sriram said...

Lovely color! I used to prepare this salad and have it as a sidedish to rasam, goes well with it.

Jaishree said...

Nice healthy & simple salad.i too make carrot salad the same way .. nice pic:)

vidhas said...

Nice salads, something is waiting for me.

Swapna Pravin said...

Simple & healthy salads. I like carrot salad & make it often.

Nithya Praveen said...

Healthy salads are always a welcome at my place....never used cabbage in any salad,will try that out.Good one!

Aparna said...

Love this salad, even though I'm not really a fan of salads.
I add a little tamarind extract instead of lemon juice to mine.
Thanks for sending this in to FIC Orange.

Vishali said...

Hey Vibaas,

Congratulations on ur awards and
Thank u for ur lovely comments ...I love vegetarian food a lot...and made grated carrot curry for todays breakfast with rotis similar to the carrot salad :). Hope we will be bumping into each other often.

Cheers,
Vishali

Daily Meals said...

Carrot and cabbage salad looks new to me...must give it a try.

Divya Vikram said...

I should try the carrot cabbage saladd. Sounds healthy

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

These salads looks delicious.. the carrot one, I do this frequently..nice click too!

Sophie said...

This looks like it would be so delicious for a picnic lunch!

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