I am honoured to be the guest on Asha’s blog Food Fashion Party today. I have known about her for the longest time but it since it has also taken me the longest time to get on social media, getting to her know closely as taken considerable time. My bad! Today I consider her a good friend. I may have never met her but she lifts my spirits when I feel down and is truly a daily inspiration.
For any Indian (or any nationality) reading this, will relate when I say how torn I feel being far away from my roots and where I finally decided to lay down my hat. It is a daily struggle. Asha’s recipes and stories make me feel closer to what is/was familiar. Her recipes invoke deep emotions of longing for a country and people that I have left behind. That is a powerful thing to do to anyone.
I love her pictures and the rich color she portrays. I think thats what she probably brings to anyone she touches in any way.
This salad is a version of what my mom has made for us since I can remember. It is a kachumbar (finely cut) salad and it is hugely popular in India. It is fresh and delicious. It brings back memories of hot summer days when my sister I would come back from school to a hot meal, the fragrance of which would waft into our noses even before we entered our house. I remember shouting out from the door, guessing loudly what my mom had made that day. I also remember her being deliciously surprised at how I knew!!!
A hot meal on a sweltering hot day with dal (lentils) and some sort of sabzi (vegetable), hot fragrant basmati rice and kachumbar salad on the side, a cold and a refreshing contrast to the spicy food.
So I decided to combine the lentils with the salad. It is supremely simple to make and I even used lentils from a can! Horrors! If you know me. 🙂 This salad is so quick to make but if you have some time I would suggest soaking the lentils the night before.
This salad is good for a meal because I just ate it as a meal. I have added blueberries which when combined with the lentils lent a tasty sweet twist. And the roasted tomatoes with spices like cumin and fennel seeds another surprise for your taste buds!
So head on over to Food Fashion Party if you would like a bite from this salad!