Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bombay Foodie is changing...


I have always been a proponent of healthy eating. But somewhere along the line, with my new found love of baking, I've veered towards the devilish treats a bit too much. It's been fun baking those buttery cookies and chocolate-y cakes, but now I'm taking a pause and setting my diet straight.

No, this does not mean you will only see salads over here from now on. And I am surely gonna bake whatever sinful decadence daring bakers come up with. But do expect more whole wheat treats rather than white bread; and some olive oil instead of butter.

I make a start with this month's taste and create.

Laura is my partner the second time round. Even the first time, I was impressed by the range of her cooking; from lovely breads to tons of chocolate cookies to vegetarian dishes from around the world. This time, I picked her chickpea salad.

First, you boil the chickpeas. Then, you mix roughly a cup of boiled chickpeas with a tbsp of chopped cilantro and a small sliced onion. Then you mix a tbsp each of lemon juice and olive oil and whisk it with ground cumin, salt and black pepper. All of this goes into the chickpeas that you arrange on a bed of seasonal greens.

In a separate bowl, you whisk together 3 tbsp yogurt, a tbsp of orange juice, a tsp of honey, a tbsp of chopped mint and just a pinch of salt. Pour this on top of the chickpeas. Individually, the chickpeas and the yogurt sauce would have been delicious. Together, they just explode with taste.

15 comments:

Laura said...

I love what you did with the pictures! Glad you liked the salad--we are having your paneer curry tonight, it should be up on my blog soon....

Faiza Ali said...

The salad looks healthy and inviting.I have an award for you on my blog. Kindly accept it.

Srivalli said...

wow what a lovely salad that is...sad to know you won't be baking as much as did earlier..I really used to enjoy virtually...:(...but then these are pretty too...but promise you bake and give us a feast frequently?

Simran said...

Srivalli - I'd bake of course, just a little sensibly :)

And I sure have daring bakers every month!

Ann said...

Looks terrific with the salad..

Priya said...

Fabulous salad Simran!

Pari said...

Very tempting clicks.

Lebouffe said...

Wow.. Wish I too had the patience to take such lovely pics -Naina

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The salad looks amazing! I wish I had a taste :P

Good to see you're moving towards healthier stuff, waiting to see what you come up with :)

Sunshinemom said...

:). Sometimes we just have to set priorities right! This is a great start:)

Mriganayani said...

Hi Simran,

You have a nice blog here.

Wanted to pass you on an award - Please collect it here - http://www.mriganayani.com/2009/08/award.html


Thanks!
Anu

Curry Leaf said...

It looks great Simran,but with this on the menu,I will be continually hoarding it and increasing weight.I love chickpea salads,Love the dressing as well,never tried yogurt and orange juice together.Too great the clicks are.

Divya Kudua said...

What a pretty looking salad..:)

Raaga said...

lovely salad... but even lovelier presentation!

Siri said...

that is one very well taken pic Simran. Look so yummy!

Siri