20 August 2006

Indian Carrot-Peanut salad

Indian Carrot Peanut Salad

This is an entry for Gabriella's Summer Salads event.

Traditionally, Indian salads are made with vegetables like carrots, cucumber, onions, tomatoes. They are either mixed in yogurt to make a raita or simply cut fine / grated with a simple seasoning. The concept of 'dressing' isn't really a part of Indian salads, which makes it much lighter and healthier.

Indian Carrot-Peanut Salad

Putting it together

2 Medium carrots-washed, scraped and grated

2 Tbsp roasted and coarsely powdered peanuts

1 tsp finely chopped fresh cilantro / coriander

Juice of half a lime

1 green chilli / jalapeno finely chopped or a pinch of chilli flakes

Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients together and serve immediately.

You can serve this salad as an accompaniment to kebabs, grilled fish or chicken. It's light and flavourful, sweet, sour and a little spicy from the chilli.

Note:

There can be many variations to this salad.

You can use the following instead of carrots:

-Raw papaya

-Cucumber

You can use any roasted and coarsely powdered nuts instead of peanuts too.

Traditionally there would be a tempering with some mustard seeds in a little oil which is put on top of the salad, but I have avoided that. You can also garnish with a bit of fresh grated coconut.

Check out another traditional Indian salad-Minty Cucumber raita.

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5 comments:

Vaishali said...

I too make this salad - almost once a week. However, I wonder whether I could photograph it that well. I feel like burying my mouth into that wonderfully orange mound. :)

Nandita said...

Ah! Now that makes me happy, first time someone compliments me for messing around with my camera.

Here's wishing you a belated happy birthday dear friend

Gabriella True said...

looks delicious! The round up will be up soon.

Ruth said...

Fabulous looking salad. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Nandita said...

Thanks Gabriella and Ruth. DO tell how you liked the taste of India in your salad :)