Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Here's to a healthier and happier new year - Mango, Cucumber, Zucchini salad with zesty Desi dressing

A very happy new year and hers is wishing all my readers a year of healthy eating.  It’s the time of year to evaluate our old habits and to nudge those bad habits aside and cultivate new and better ones. In theory this might last for a week, a month and if it truly becomes a life style change then for years. My goal this year is to eat healthy and organic, this has been my mantra since years and will be same this year. I am true believer in “ you are what you eat” and this year my goal is to incorporate more fresh ingredients, raw food and precisely more protein in my diet. Eating healthy is easier said than done. Anyone who has followed a healthy lifestyle know how important it is to be organized  in order to eat healthy. Stocking fridge with fresh ingredients, pantry with healthy snack alternatives, fresh fruits and most importantly cooking at home. And this by any means is no easy task when all it takes is a dial of phone to eat some delicious restaurant cooked food. As they say no pain no gain and so this year begins with renewed vows ..to a healthier and happier me.

It gets quite boring quite fast with eating vegetables and this needs to be changed up constantly in order to maintain the same level of enthusiasm. Recently added a Spiralizer to my collection of never ending kitchen gadgets. It costs about $30 and I truly feel this is worth the price. This thing can spiralize most vegetables and this makes it easy to get creative about eating raw vegetables.

Spiralizer from Amazon
Today's recipe was inspired the amazing spirals of fresh vegetables

Makes for about 6 servings

1 medium sized Zucchini
1 medium sized Cucumber
half an raw Mango
about 1/3 cup shredded carrot
1/3 cup sliced/sprialized red onions (optional)

For dressing

1 bunch corriander leaves washed
1/3 bunch mint leaves
2~3 green chilies
half a clove of garlic (optional)
1 tbsp of lemon zest
1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
tbsp of Chaat masala
1/4 tbsp of roasted dhania( roasted corriander powder)
pinch of paprika/red chili powder
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions for dressing
1. In a food processor add corriander, mint, green chilies, garlic. Pulse till it forms into a fine paste
2. Add lemon juice, orange juice, salt, paprika, chaat masala and roasted dhania powder and pulse
3. Add olive oil and pulse till if forms into a nice emulsified liquid

For Salad
1. In a huge bowl add cucumber, zucchini, onion, carrot, mango and toss
2. Add the above dressing according to your liking and give it a good mix, check for salt and adjust accordingly
3. Top with chopped pistachio and green onions

Serve fresh, trust me this is a salad you will come back asking for more. I would suggest to make the salad fresh and not store since it gets soggy. Dressing stays fresh for two days when refrigerated 

This year I hope will be a year of good health and happiness and I wish all my readers the very same. 


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