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Barley and Peanut Salad

I am in a mood to teach. How about a quick lesson on my newest food find? Are you game? Ok! I am going to drop some knowledge.

Barley is a cereal grain derived form a grass known as Hordeum Vulgare.  It is majorly grown in Germany, France and Russia. It has its roots in the Palestine.

It has a beautiful nutty flavor and a slight crunch, also its super-duper healthy which keeps you full for hours together. You’ll have to trust me on this one because its rather impossible to keep me full for hours. Its rich in fibre and protein.

Since I have had too much of sweets and fried stuff last week I decided to make a light and healthy barley salad. Without oil.  I know!!! That must be something!

Ok I know what you’re thinking. How do I cook barley?! Right?!

I was getting there!

The best way too cook barley is to soak it overnight and then pressure cook it for about ten minutes. It takes very less time to cook.  Since I am using it in a salad, I’d like to retain the crunchy and chewy texture of barley, hence used the soaked barley.

There is no recipe as such for this salad. One can be as creative as possible. I’ve used some bell peppers, spring onions, roasted peanuts and pomegranates fresh coriander, a generous doze of  lemon juice, salt and pepper. The whole idea is to keep this salad light and colorful.



Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and there you go! It’s a perfect side dish, or may be even a midnight snack.


So, look around for some barely and try this dish sometime. It’s totally worth it. 🙂


More to come… 🙂



Minty Melon Salad

Let me tell you again! I am NOT  a salad person! Its the weather which is making me feel like eating nothing other than some fresh fruits. On the flip side, I think this diet is going to last for a while. 😛

With this weather and weekend in the proximity I feel absolutely unproductive (a mental hi-five if you are with me) I have some serious work lined up for the weekend  and I need to think about five, umm no! ten things that can charge me up.

1. Bruce Springsteen’s “I am on Fire”

2. A long drive (alone, by the way) on a traffic-less road and listening to rock ‘n’ roll.

3. Paint my nails, bright sunshine yellow or orange.

4. Watch “The Holiday” and eat vanilla ice-cream with piping hot chocolate sauce! See! I am actually feeling better, just the thought of it makes me dreamy. I mean both ice-cream and Jude Law 😛

5. Sleep with ridiculous number of fluffy pillows around.

6. Dance

7. Shop. Umm Didn’t I do that just last week? Doesn’t matter.

8. Pizza

9. A surprise

10. Fresh Mint and Melon Salad.

Now we’re talking baby!

Just realized that two out of ten feel-good-factors above involve food! 🙂

This is a very quick recipe. It took me about 10 minutes. The flavors are absolutely refreshing.

Don’t get intimidated by the melon scoops. I like my salad pretty plus I had to do something to come out of my I-feel-so-unproductive-zone. You can very well, chop the melons into big chunks.


Makes a medium bowl of salad

1 small size cantaloupe or musk melon

1/4 Water melon

For the dressing

10-15 sprigs of mint

Juice of 2 lemons

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp powdered sugar

Scoop/ cut the melons and refrigerate for 10 minutes. A cool salad is always refreshing.

Grind the min leaves along with lemon juice, pepper powder, salt and sugar. Toss the melons with the dressing.

Tell me how you like it…

More to come…….

Chickpea Salad-With Asian Dressing

After I made the Soya Patties, my mother has secretly taken a picture of the kitchen which she thinks is “messy”. She has threatened me that, she will post it if I don’t clean up the “mess” after the cooking is done. I wonder if all the mothers have this issue!

Moving on. While I was coming back from work today, I saw some really fresh spring onions. That got me thinking. I was hungry. I wanted something as soon as I reached home. I had the *Conditions Apply clause as well (to clean the “mess”). I surely had some serious thinking to do.

After reaching home, I found some boiled chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber and capsicum. Normally with these ingredients, I make a quick chaat, adding some chaat masala, pepper, salt and finally a dash of lemon. Filling and satisfying. Now that I have a blog, I do feel the need to jazz up the food a bit.

I am not a salad person at all. I would prefer anything deep fried, buttery, sweet- any day!

Can I just pat on my back and say how delicious this salad is? Quick. Easy. Unexpectedly yummy.

Also, the whole process brings in lot of memories. Chopping vegetables was how my tete-a-tete with food began and it still continues my favorite part about cooking (one of the reasons why I don’t fancy a food processor)


Where it all began! 🙂

This salad is super versatile! Think of the directions and ingredients below as suggestions:

Use rocket lettuce to add the extra crunch.

Add a dash of lime juice along with some zest for the extra tang.

Sprinkle some bhujia sev on top! ( My dad did this, and it tasted great! )

You can just try anything! If it sounds delicious in your  brain, it surely will be delicious in the salad. 🙂



1/2 cup of sesame seeds (soaked for 30 mins)

1/4 cup of roasted peanuts

2-3 cloves of garlic

2-3 green chillies

Salt- To taste

1/2 cup hung curd

2 teaspoons Soya Sauce

2 teaspoon Orange juice

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 teaspoon sesame oil


1 cup boiled chickpeas

1 small tomato (finely chopped)

6 sprigs of Spring onions

1 cucumber ( finely chopped)

Quarter capsicum (finely chopped)

Make a paste of soaked sesame, peanuts and green chilies. I personally love the flavor of chili when roasted on a flame for sometime. You can very well used the fresh green chilies. Prepare the dressing for the salad by mixing all the ingredients with the sesame-peanut paste.

In a large bowl mix the chickpeas, tomatoes, spring onions, cucumber and capsicum. Pour the dressing and toss the salad.

Final touch- Few drops of sesame oil.


Yes! I have a mickey mouse spoon! (Only legs seen here 😦 )


Who said salads are boring?!

More to come….. 🙂

P.S. The kitchen has been cleaned. In fact I think it’s cleaner than before. 😉

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