Friday, October 2, 2009

Zalata - A simple cucumber salad

When I first heard "Jai Ho" song, I loved it a lot and I thought that it has a great potential to become a good workout song. I had decided that I would request our Zumba instructor to have us dancersize around that song. But as luck would have it, whenever my gym offered Zumba sessions, the schedule didn't work for me. I have this enormous inertia within me. So I try to hit the gym no matter what, fearing, once I stop it, I will stop forever. But sometimes usual workouts get very mundane. At that time, I sign up for some group classes in my gym. So I signed up for spinning. and yesterday, out of nowhere, our instructor put "Jai Ho". Yaaay!!! It was fun to watch our instructor spinning and singing in her American accent "Jai ho....."

Oh well, I was so excited that I had to share it here! Then now that we are talking of exercising and all that good stuff, I better blog about a healthy salad recipe!! :-D

Oh and before I forget, just like last year, I have signed up for NaBloWriMo. That means, you are going to get a daily post without any weekend break, every day this month!!

Cucumber Salad
1 cucumber, peeled or unpeeled, sliced into thin circles

Whisk together -
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp water
salt to taste
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped finely

1. Slice the cucumber very thinly, preferably using mandolin.
2. Whisk the dressing ingredients.
3. Pour over the cucumber slices. Keep for 5 minutes and turn over so both the sides get nicely coated with the dressing.
4. Serve immediately.

Note -
1. You can peel or leave the cucumbers unpeeled (especially if the cucumbers are very fresh without any waxy coating on them!). Or sometimes, I peel alternately, i.e. peel one strip, leave next unpeeled and so on... and then slice them thinly. Or you can make some ridges first before slicing like they do in the restaurants in India.
2. Serve this salad immediately or make it as close to serving as possible. If kept longer, the cucumber will leave lots of water.
3. Adjust the dressing amount depending on the slices , "one" cucumber gives.

This post is my entry to RCI - Parsi cuisine hosted by me!

RCI event is started by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine.


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