Today was a long day . K and I were just running around to complete our weekly chores and helping a friend set up their new barbecue grill . The weather was sweltering hot and I staggered home with a splitting headache. I was adamant about not eating out. Dear K, made a good cuppa masala chai and I set to do the magic in my kitchen with a recipe from Ashwini of Food for Thought. Her blog has always been a sight to visit. Crisp writing and clean , simple pictures. I decided to kill two birds in one shot by sending this to MBP and also Your recipe rocks. I made a couple of changes to our liking and the result was a blast!
Thank you Ashwini for sharing such wonderful recipes. My food was really good to look at and fantastic to eat!
Your Recipe Rocks is a weekly event started by Madhuram of Eggless Cooking
Coming to the recipes , Its getting harder to choose as everyone has so many interesting recipes that we want to try. I chose Ashwini’s blog this week and made her cold cucumber soup and Spicy Bean Salad, perfect for a sweltering hot day!
Cold Cucumber Soup with Spicy Bean Salad
Ingredients for the soup :
1 large cucumber, peeled
1 green onion (scallion), chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 green chilli, chopped (or omit)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
3-4 mint leaves
salt and chili powder to taste
1 Chop the cucumber , scallion, chili .Add salt and keep aside for about 20min.
2. Blend all the ingredients with some yogurt and chill in the refrigerator for atleast 2 hours and serve
(Chilling does make a lot of difference).
To garnish :
I made a red sweet pepper confetti for a splash of color
Chilled Cold Cucumber Soup
Ingredients for the salad :
1 cup kashmiri rajma
a handful of corn kernels
2 sweet red pepper, seeded and diced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp chaat masala
a pinch of red chili powder
salt to taste
Garnish with cilantro
I soaked the beans overnight to make rajma actually but was too tired to do so, I am glad I was , otherwise I couldn’t have tasted this lovely salad! I cooked them until tender .
2. Cooked the corn too, and added 2 sweet peppers, chat masala, some red onion , salt and chili powder , lemon juice . I omitted the olive oil completely. It was a fulfilling meal!
Spicy Bean Salad