Beans and Veggy Salad Bowl with Mint and Garlic Vinaigrette

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Hello My Dear Wonderful People!!

Shhh.. the baby is asleep ;p …

LOL.. kidding. I think the heat is driving me insane!! lol.. Hey have you heard the Rihanna song “Work”. oh man it is so addictive!! I can’t stop sining it .. haha.. see I told you, its the SUN!! So I have decided, I have got to put up some of my salad recipes, that are so simple and need hardly any cooking really. Now first of all, not all my salads fall under the “Raw” category. Simply cause its very hard for me to jump from a nice bowl of rice and curry to just a basket of vegetables. Nope I am not saying all vegetables are bad, but I will share some later ok :p Now this recipe needs a little cooking for the beans. Which really gives this bowl a boost of flavour and spice. Its just basic Indian spices but just trust me, they all work together!!Β and will keep you full for quite a long time!!

Now I am sure you did not miss that big slice of mango on both the bowls, yeah baby!! It’s mango season and I am gonna make sure its there on everything I eat. lol.. ok maybe not on eggs. πŸ˜›

Both the boys atΒ home absolute love mangoes, so I am quiet sure anything with mangoes would fly at home.

Ingredients for the Salad bowl :-

  1. Beans – 2 cups – ( i used double beans but you could use any beans) – used the dry kind but canned will also do
  2. Mango – 1 ripe
  3. Broccoli – Β 200 gms florets cut and washed
  4. Romaine Lettuce – 6 leaves
  5. Red Cabbage – 1 cup ( shredded)
  6. Tomato – 1 ( chopped fine)
  7. Onion – 1 medium (sliced fine)
  8. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  9. Rice Bran Oil – 1 tsp

Ingredients for the Mint Garlic Dressing :-

  1. Fresh Mint leaves – 1 cup packed
  2. Garlic Cloves – 3 – 4
  3. Olive Oil – 1 cup
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar – 1/2 cup ( add more or less according to preference)
  5. Salt – according to taste
  6. Pepper – 1 tsp

 

Instructions :-Β 

  1. For the dressing – with the help of the mortar and petal crush the garlic and mint leaves and set aside
  2. In another bottle add the olive oil + apple cider vinegar + salt Β and pepper
  3. Then add the mint and garlic mash into the bottle and close the lit tightly
  4. Give the bottle a good shake to combine all the ingredients. Set aside
  5. Soak beans over night in ample water to soak the beans completely
  6. Next day pressure cook till soft and tender with salt
  7. Set aside to cool down. – (Please skip this step if using canned pre cooked beans)
  8. Heat rice bran oil in a wok. Add onions Β and tomatoes
  9. Once the vegetables have cooled down, add garam masala and the cooked beans
  10. Mix well and cover and cook for 5 mins
  11. Turn off the flame and set aside
  12. In a large pot heat water to boil
  13. Add the broccoli florets and turn off the flame. After 5 mins drain the broccoli and rinse in cold water. Set aside
  14. Now to assemble the salad in a bowl, arrange the broccoli, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, cooked beans, mango and drizzle the mint garlic dressing

How I wash vegetables!!

 

Ok, so this post in not a recipe one but it does involve food and mostly vegetables and fruits. We live in a world where everything is genetically altered, sprayed and doused in fertilisers and chemicals that are not just harmful to you and me but to our planet as a whole!

Have you ever wondered why certain mixtures or compounds where never found on this planet? Why it took “MAN”s intelligence to make them and how all these diverse new “inventions” have only lead to the depletion of that one element that we got for free? Our wonderful planet. I believe that there was a reason why god put fossil fuels so deep into the ground. I believe there is a reason why we breath in oxygen and plants do the opposite. There is a reason why we live and we die. There is a reason why fruits are seasonal and why rice grows in such big quantities! The reason is “Balance”. Balance in every aspect is so critical!

Like the chair you are sitting in today. If that chair wasn’t manufactured or made with the balance your weight out correctly then the purpose of that chair is defeated. Like that little honey bee gathering honey and in turn help with more fruits and flower. If we didn’t have bees we wouldn’t have fruits and in turn no flowers and therefor no bees!Β If you did not know how to balance then you would never walk. If you did not have a job or a hobby then life would seem like a constant train of mundane activities that happen much like a robot taught to do specific deeds at set instructions. Life is a very delicate balance. And the faster we realise it, the better we can teach our children and the more they will learn to respect what they have.

While we could try and save what is left of the planet and as a foodie I try my best to do so. Some times I buy fruits and vegetable from local famers and I know they use a lot of pesticides and insecticides and fertilisers. So this is how I wash my vegetable and fruits.

What you will need:-

  1. Water – 4 lts
  2. Veggys / Fruits – 2 kgs ( in this case I used ladies fingers and 4 tomatoes)
  3. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  4. Rock Salt – 1 tsp

Method :-

  1. First wash the vegetable in running water for close to 5 min ( first flush with tap open high for 60 secs and then low)
  2. Now collect 4 lts water in a large vessel like the one in the photo
  3. Add turmeric powder and mix into the water
  4. Now add your vegetable and immerse them in the water and let them remain in there for 1 – 2 hours
  5. Later drain the water out, rub rock salt over the vegetable and wash vigirously in running water
  6. Finally drain all the water and set aside to dry or pat dry