I am feeling really low for last three or four days.Whenever this kind of mood grips me, it lasts for at least a week or so.I dont feel like doing anything, want to be alone and cooking is the last thing on my mind.The other day P suggested to come out of this mood I should try to make something easy,light,different and with bright colors…maybe a salad.Not that he is a big fan of salads or so but he always comes up with such ideas for my sake solely…and in such ideas he makes the best use of the fact that I love trying new things and buying grocery…husbands are so sweet at times…aren’t they?
So we headed to Trader Joe’s, which is my favorite haunt for the best Indian [I mean tropical] kinds of fruits there.As soon as I entered the store, I found a bunch of fresh pomegranates lying on the first aisle of the fruit section as if they were waiting for me only…sometime small things in life give you so much happiness..a simple thing like pomegranates made my day that day!!!
The best indicator of any season is the produce section of the grocery stores or farmer’s market…Isnt’t? The mangoes,berries,squashes,plums bring with themselves the juicy flavors to quench the summer thirst;the pumpkins, apples, pomegranates, pears add their beautiful colors to the autumn/fall hues and oranges,clementines,broccoli come up in winters to extend the warmth to the dining table. Since the time I have started blogging, I have started to find everything and anything edible sooo beautiful…truly proving the point that beauty lies in the eyes of the spectator!!
I wanted to do something with the pomegranates which keeps their freshness intact.I did not want to juice them or use them in baking or desserts either.So the only thing left was to make a salad.With lot of thinking I came up with this salad recipe.It is loosely inspired by the Mediterranean Tabouleh since I decided to add our very own and one of the most underrated Indian cereal ..the broken wheat (dalia) but is primarily a fruity salad with a simple mint and lime dressing.The pineapples give the salad a sweet tartness , ginger gives it a kick and cucumbers keep the juicy texture alive.The pomegranate seeds burst in the mouth and the broken wheat grains provide a bite.I have used the fine size broken wheat, you can find medium or coarse bits in the Indian grocery stores.You can use couscous too in place of broken wheat.
What I need :
- 1.5 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
- 4 tbsp medium size broken wheat [dalia]
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple,diced [you can use store-bought frozen too]
- 1/2 cup cucumbers , diced
For the dressing :
- 4-5 fresh mint leaves
- 1 green chilli [optional]
- 1/2 ” fresh ginger shoot, finely grated
- 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp black salt [available in Indian grocery stores]
- Salt to taste
- Crushed black pepper
How I did it:
- Cook the broken wheat as per package instructions.
- This is how I cook broken wheat (dalia): Put 4 tbsp of broken wheat with about 5-7 tbsp of water in a microwave safe bowl and cook on microwave high for 4 minutes.Once slightly cooled, fluff using a fork. Let the dalia cool down to room temperature.
- In the jar of the blender, tip in the mint leaves ,and green chilli [if using] and blend it to a smooth paste using 1 tbsp of water [or more if required]
- Transfer the paste to a small bowl and add the lemon juice,grated ginger,lemon zest,black salt, brown sugar, black pepper and salt to taste.Whisk everything well to combine.Keep aside.
- Before serving: Mix the cooked broken wheat and all the fruits together and drizzle with the dressing.
- Serve cold.
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