Pomegranate & Broken Wheat Salad With Mint-Ginger Dressing


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.

Enjoy!

Sending this to Deb’s Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays

Sending this to Vegetarian Foodie Fridays #22

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Comments

  1. Salad looks colorful and inviting Tanvi. Sure it taste great.

  2. Lovely pictures!! I enjoy browsing your blog.

  3. beautiful salad,..

  4. Wat a catchy, healthy and filling salad…tempting !

  5. What a lovely Salad! Looks so refreshing and yumm.

  6. This salad is beautiful and looks absolutely delicious. I pretty much love anything with pomegranate – they were always a great holiday treat, and now I see (and eat!) them everywhere!

  7. hope you mood is back kicking….agree with bad moods oh yes markets and food, bring back life in me, last week i found mangoes, i was jumping like a school kid, as i ate mangoes after 4 long years Sigh! Oh yes i do agree Tanvi, the day i started blog, i dare to try many different type of food, equally relish the best part of it…but one annoying fact is i spend hours in market in selecting most beautiful veg or fruits for photos :p I’m super lazy when it come to pomegranate but your recipe is trying to break the shell :D Happy sunday!

  8. This would definitely lift my spirits! It’s fresh and beautiful and very alive! Lovely :)

  9. Very healthy and colourful…..PLs visit my blog for the lastest post..

  10. Beautiful salad. And so sorry you were feeling a bit down. And husbands sure can be sweet.

  11. Hope you’re feeling better now! Your salad looks so light and delicious–I am going to have to look for the broken wheat and the Indian market here.

    Thanks for joining in at Souper Sundays this week!

  12. Very healthy, yummy and wonderful salad. Feel like having it now. Lovely presentation.

  13. A very pretty, light and delicious salad!

  14. I wish i could add more salads to my meal..i am just plain lazy:(

  15. I’m not usually a proponent of emotional eating but when it produces food this good, I totally approve! Don’t you just love finding fun fruits like pomegrantes! Great dish.

  16. Dear Tanvi thanks for the support…will be waiting for your mail…..and would be glad if you join us as a s board member……if you wish to, then send a mail to voiceplg@gmail.com

  17. Very refreshing! Never thought dalia could be done this way. I have something similar with couscous though.

  18. Love pomegranate, esp my daughter. I would say, this is my kind of salad :-)

  19. Tanvi, that is a gorgeous looking salad – it would definitely lift my spirits for sure :-)
    Sue

  20. If I was a teacher of best blog recipes you would get an A+.

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