28 August 2008

Carrot - Alfalfa Sprouts salad sandwich

This month Latha is hosting WBB with combi breakfasts as the theme. Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of my fellow bloggers who have kept the event going despite my prolonged absence from the blogging scene. If Latha is ok with a salad in a sandwich as a combi thing, then this is my entry for her.
31st Aug is the last date for sending her entries.










Sorry about the break that just kept getting longer and longer. This is an attempt to stick to my promise of getting back before the month of August ends and it is about a refreshing & inspiring breakfast I had this morning.



Alfalfa sprouts are one the most delicate sprouts you will find in a supermarket. I don't usually find them in mine, so when I do find them, I like to bring them home. These are nutritional powerhouses belonging to the pea family. More info here. In short they are very rich in most vitamins, protein and calcium and is a commonly used tonic in homeopathic medicine.


I usually saute them for a few seconds on high heat to kill any bacteria that could be harbouring as a result of water used for sprouting and this reduces their volume considerably.




Although I have stuffed the salad in a sandwich for a hearty breakfast, you can eat the salad as it is along with a soup for a light lunch, or serve it as one of the courses for a dinner party.




Carrot - Alfalfa Sprouts Salad


Time taken - around 15 min


Serves 2 or enough stuffing for 4 sandwiches




Ingredients


2 medium carrots, scraped and shaved / grated


1 cup alfalfa sprouts


1 clove garlic, smashed and minced


1 tsp sunflower /olive oil


1/4 tsp salt


freshly ground black pepper


1 tbsp or more balsamic vinegar


few fresh basil leaves, torn


optional extra: raisins / walnuts / candied nuts




Directions


In a non stick pan, heat the oil. Saute the garlic for a few seconds.


Add the sprouts and saute on high heat for 10-20 seconds.


Toss the grated / shaved carrots in the pan and remove the contents into a bowl.


Let this cool for 5 minutes.


Season with salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar.


Toss in the torn basil and nuts if using.


Refrigerate if serving as salad.




For sandwich, spread your favourite chutney on one slice, load with the salad and eat immediately.




Carrots can be easily replaced by zucchini in this salad and fresh basil with any other fragrant herb of your choice.


I would love to send this to Greedy Gourmet for Snackshots # 6 if it is not too late already :)


32 comments:

jayasree said...

Nice to see you back. BTW, is alfalfa same as horsegram?

Arundathi said...

that looks like a delicious sandwich! i wonder if you can grow alfalfa at home. good to see you back.

Meeta said...

yaaah! good to have you back baby! and with a great recipe too. i love the sound of this with the alfalfa sprouts and wonderful tangy flavoring. perfect!

Nandita said...


Thanks for the warm welcome girls:)

Jayashree - I don't know for sure, but worldwide alfalfa is cultivated as fodder for cattle :)

Arundathi - if you get the seeds it can sprouted like any other I guess!

Meeta - How did you know I had posted?? Yes, this was a really crunchy sandwich and full of goodness too!

Jayashree said...

Good to see you back. I was wondering what happened to you. Great looking sandwich.

SMN said...

Welcome back nandita..great looking sandwich. can u tell me any other term for "alfalfa". never heard this word

Nandita said...


Jayashree - thanks!

SMN - its called alfalfa only as far as I know...you'll find it in the greens / sprouts section of your supermarket - the wikipedia link will show you pictures of the sprouts.

Sia said...

yayyyyyyyy she is back...
and i hope u don't go for another break now;)
and i am munching alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, carrot and roasted poatato salad while writing this comment;)

Kumudha said...

I have seen alfalfa sprouts in supermarkets, but I have not used it.

Sandwich looks so nutritious!

Aparna said...

Welcome back,Nandita.
We like our sprouts, though we don't get alfalfa here. Love the crunch sprouts lend to a dish

A&N said...

So good to see you back. Remember me? My name is Nandini :) And you are one of the bloggers that inspired me and my husband to start a food blog :) - www.reluctantchefs.blogspot.com.

I've been meaning to email you, but did not want to disturb you during your break!

Divya said...

How much more healthier can this get? Looks great!
First time on ur blog, understand that you are back from a break. Caught you at the right time I guess. :)

Priya said...

Hey Nandita, its great to have you back! Your break was getting uncomfortably long :P The sandwich looks scrumptious, will try it out soon and come back in a few days to check for newer posts :D

Sheela said...

Dear girl, glad to have you back! this looks like such a healthy and tasty sandwich - am sure even fussy little Ana won't turn up her nose on this - she loves carrots and so do i! this already is fiber rich and low fat, and if i use low-carb bread, it will definitely suit D's diet plan as well :)

emailed you...

starry nights said...

I feel like taking a bite out of that sandwhich...Yummy.

Meeta said...

I saw your post in my reader girlie! after a long time saw saffrontrail!! lol!

Rhea Mitra Dalal said...

welcome back!! have been dropping by regularly hoping to see a new post...
:)

Kamini said...

Welcome back! I missed you!
This recipe looks delicious, I will certainly try it.
Kamini.

Anonymous said...

Hello Nandita,

Am I right in assuming that TamBram is Tamil Brahmin? Is it a common "classification" for all things/people which/ who are Tamil Bs?

Your blog is the first place I noticed this term.

Shyamala
(non-food blogger, keen food-blog follower)

Jyoti said...

Hello Nandita, I am a frequent visitor to your blog but this is the first time I am leaving a comment. All your recipes and your other articles about life in general are wonderful. I have recently created my own food blog and I have linked your blog to mine. I am new to blogging and am not completely aware of the blogging etiquette. I should have probably asked you before I linked your blog to mine. Please let me know if you want me to take it out.

Nithya said...

Hi Nandita,

Nice to hear back from you. I am a regular visitor to your blog, but have not left any comments. Glad to see you back.

bee said...

glad to see you back, dear nandita.

A-kay said...

Nice to have you back especially with a great recipe. Will surely give this a shot.

Mallugirl said...

good to have u back..

Cynthia said...

It has been quite a while since I have been here!

I've never seen carrots so appetizing as they do in your sandwich. Honestly.

fanatika said...

Alfalfa yo!
This one is a health package. Thanks. :)

junoesque said...

:))

nice to see you

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This sounds to be a healthy sandwich. Looks so good... YUM!

Pete said...

Nice healthy recipe.

workhard said...

Been reading some of your posts, really nice recipies...

Work from home

binod said...

yoghurt mixed with shredded carrots and minced onions
Work From Home

abhe said...

mmmm. yummi...

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