All posts tagged: Cucumber

Arugula, Cucumber and Pasta Salad

I hardly find Arugula in the market these days. All the good stuff is siphoned off by restaurants and we are literally left with little or none of this zingy, peppery, salad leaf. So every time I want to eat Arugula or Rocket, I need to go to a fancy restaurant and order their over-priced salads. I know a lot of friends with green thumbs who just scoff at the idea that I don’t grow my own arugula. According to them, it is insanely easy to grow – almost like a ‘salad leaves for dummies’ kinda thing. Unfortunately none of them realize that I have managed to kill even the most resilient cacti, given enough time!

Fattoush Hummus (Lebanese Bread Salad)

Featured in Tastespotting.com on 16th Jan 2013 The first time I ate Fattoush, I didn’t pay much attention to it. It was my accompaniment to the more interesting Shawarma. And in the Bangalore of 2000, a Shawarma with all its trimmings was very very exotic. A vertical spit roaster filled with chicken slices rotating ever so slowly, while the chef toasted and filled the strange yeasty bread with Hummus, Tahini, salad and finally the sliced chicken – was a demonstration I thought was fit to bunk classes for. But slowly, ever so slowly, the Fattoush has established a firm place in my heart and I actually forgo the shawarma for just fattoush-hummus these days! So what exactly is the Fattoush? For those of you who have seen ‘Meet the Zohan’ – it’s Zohan’s arch nemisis Phantom’s real name! And for those who have better things to do than indulge in trivial pursuits – it’s a salad. A Lebanese Bread Salad that chefs in the earlier days made as an excuse, to use up stale pita …

Detox Water for a fresh start in 2013!

Featured in Tastespotting.com on 9th Jan 2013 Let’s get to the basics first…The mayans were wrong, we all lived to see another day and stuff our faces silly… so HAPPY NEW YEAR! Unfortunately, that also means we live to see the ‘consequences’ of stuffing our faces silly. I would love a world where good food and drink don’t add to the waistline but …. That’s not true! So yes, I was looking for shortcuts – because everyone will try one before actually lifting a limb to exercise! I found this concoction for Detox water on a food group in Facebook. Some lovely lady went to a five star hotel and they served her this drink. Then she came back home and googled the recipe and realized it was called Detox water. She loved it so much that she posted it online. And then… I saw it and jumped at the idea because a. it looked so freaking pretty, b. it looked insanely easy to make and finally, c. it was called ‘Skinny’ Water! I don’t …

Aqua De Pepino – Cucumber Cooler

Featured in Tastespotting.com on 14th June 2012. No, the cooler does not taste vegetal. If anything, it’s brilliantly refreshing. And this was the recipe that I said, you could make side by side with the Tzatziki. (It’s such a waste to be throwing away fresh cucumber juice!). Or if you’re in no mood to grate, strain, squeeze and extract the juice of one cucumber – just use prepackaged cucumber juice. (Though I strongly recommend the fresh version – the colour is unbelievable!). You can either use vodka or a gin with this recipe, substituting one for the other brings no great change in taste. If you are a teetotaler or are making this for a younger audience, by all means skip the alcohol. It’s just as exciting to serve on a balmy summers eve.  Aqua De Pepino – Cucumber Cooler Prep time: 10 minsServes: 2 What you need: 400 ml Cucumber Juice (from 2 Cucumbers)5 tsp Sugar Syrup 120 ml Vodka2 Lemons (Juice of)Lemon and Cucumber slices to garnishIce Cubes to serve What to do: …

Tzatziki – Cucumber Yoghurt Dip from Greece

It’s pronounced zad-zi-ki, in case you were wondering. I do have a penchant for strange sounding names, they intrigue me and force me to delve deeper into them. And this dip is something that you want to dive deep into. Especially on a hot summer day! It’s really refreshing and cooling and goes fabulously with vegetable crudités or grilled meat. After making it, I served it with some olives and toasted pita for a mezze like feel. And announced with a flourish that the Tzatziki was served! Mom took a look at it and declared that it was not really that exotic or strange, actually it reminded her of the ubiquitous Indian raita or pachadi! Nothing like ‘experience’ to throw water on someone’s excitement! (hmph!). I of course brushed the comment aside with a cool wave of the hand and grumbled that she was closed to experimenting with new cuisines (all the while knowing that I had lost the battle!). So in essence, yes it does look and feel like pachadi and maybe the Greeks …

Cucumber and Dill Salad

There is a dish in India called ‘Bheja Fry’ which literally means Brain fry and is also used to denote a situation when you’re head is all messed up! I’ve had Bheja Fry for the past few weeks. And no, its not what I ate! In an exact opposite to Bheja Fry is another synonym – Cool as a Cucumber. With the current state of affairs around me, I wouldn’t mind getting to the cucumber’s state. Coming to the point – Cucumber and Dill salad is as cool as you can get. Soothes the palate as well as the head. Hopefully my mind will unscramble itself soon! Cucumber and Dill Salad Prep time: 10 mins Marinating time: 3 hrs Serves: 4 What you need: 1-2 Cucumbers (regular will do) 1 Tbsp White Vinegar 2 Tbsp Sugar 4 Tbsp Water 1 Tbsp Olive Oil ½ a Handful of Dill Salt and Pepper to taste What to do: Trim and peel the cucumbers. (You can use regular cucumbers here as we marinate them to make them soft. …