Gado Gado with i2cook’s spicy peanut butter

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Gado gado is a wholesome and delicious Indonesian salad. This salad is filled with all the essential nutrients and what makes it so delicious is the peanut sauce, which is truly a winning combination. Gado gado is a combination of slightly boiled or steamed vegetables,  raw vegetables and hard boiled egg. Nearly any combination of raw and cooked vegetables, along with rice or thin noodles, if you like, can be used. Gado gado, is true to its name which means “potpourri”. Do not confuse the peanut sauce with satay sauce. This salad can be made vegan by negating the eggs.

For the peanut sauce, we are using i2cook’s spicy peanut butter which is a versatile product and goes extremely well with south-east Asian or South Indian dishes.

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Ingredients:

Inspired by Jamie Oliver

2 medium sliced boiled potatoes

10-12 beans boiled and cut into halves

2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into slices

carrot, raddish & cucumber sliced as per preference

8-10 tofu slices

fresh coriander leaves or micro-greens for garnish

Ingredients for the peanut sauce:

100gms i2cook spicy peanut butter

25gms i2cook coconut sugar or palm sugar

1 garlic clove

1/2 juice of lemon juice

1 tbs soy sauce

1/2 tbs tamarind paste

Note: spicy peanut butter will not require any addition of extra spice.

(all the ingredients used in this salad are all organic except the eggs which are free-range)

Procedure:

Start with prepping up with all the ingredients. Boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes in salt water. Hard-boil eggs, cut the tofu into slices (with some salt) and pan fry them in a little peanut oil until golden brown. Boil the beans in salt water for about 5 minutes and immediately transfer into ice water to retain that gorgeous green colour. Use strips of carrot and slice some cucumber and radish for that extra crunch.

Put all the ingredients for peanut sauce in a blender with 1 tbs of water and blend it until smooth. Check for seasoning.

Layer the vegetables starting first with potato and other ingredients on a serving plate or bowl and drizzle with the most amazing peanut sauce.

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Summer Salad – Avocado and Bacon Salad with Tomato Dressing

 Salads can serve as a meal and are the best bet during summers. What better way to use seasonal fruits and veggies to supplement your diet.

I love avocados and that the fruit camouflages really well when added in a salad or sandwich or in rice paper rolls. As a kid, I would see some of them mix sugar with their avocado mix to have it plain. I detested it! However, I liked it when my mother would mix avocado with other fruits to give the fruits a creamy coating. How I miss it now!

The addition of bacon to give it a crunch. However, the vegetarians can negate it. The original recipe also calls for some cheese. Avoid using feta, it’s flavour conflicts with bacon. You don’t want anything messing around with your bacon ;).

Ingredients for salad

10-15 medium sized salad leaves (rocket, lettuce)washed and pat dried or dried in a salad spinner

2 -4 crispy bacon strips, torn in bits

1/2 avocado, cut in strips

few raw red onion rings

mozzarella or amul cheese for garnish (optional)

Ingredients for dressing

3 medium sized tomatoes, lightly cooked, de-seeded and  skinned

1 garlic clove

1tsp red wine vinegar

1/2tbs olive oil

pepper & salt to taste

Grind all the ingredients for the dressing and refrigerate.

Break salad leaves and arrange them at the bottom of the salad plate or bowl. Add avocado, onion, bacon and garnish with bacon bits. Add the chilled dressing just before serving. The remaining dressing can be refrigerated for a week. Serve with some bread slashed with some butter or just dip into the dressing. Serves one.


Lets spin some salad!

I’m excited to share with you my experiences with food and kitchen gadgets. It’s sometimes difficult to make the right choice when it comes to even buying a bottle of jam or mustard from a retail shelf. There is so much of variety in the market that as consumers it becomes a bit confusing. I go through it all the time. So I decided that every time I get my hands on  a new product, I will test it out and let you know about it 🙂

I’ve been looking for a salad spinner since a year and never knew that it is  available in India. Until recently I chanced upon Home Collective’s FB page, selling salad spinners.  I was super trilled to discover. Life is simple now!

Salad spinners are not only meant to make your life easier but they also help salad leaves to last longer and give crunchiness to your leaves..The beauty of this product is that it is designed so simple that it is not complicated at all to handle. It is a very simple gadget to have in your kitchen, provided you are a salad eater like me :).

 Pros

  • It does not require any electricity, which means that you can spin your salad manually
  • It is  easy to handle and use
  • Easy to wash and dry
  • You can even spin your herbs in smaller quantities too
  • You can use delicate fruits like strawberries, mulberries.

 Cons

It is a little bigger than I thought and requires some storage space in your shelf/cupboard.

Available at Home Collective & The Gourmet Company (online store), India.

psst…Did I tell you that I won a salad spinner recently for entering my salad in a contest- Spinach, Strawberry & Ricotta cheese Salad.

If you want your salad leaves to last for a week and are a bit fussy. Then, there is another way of drying your salad leaves and they say it works!

My first salad with  my new salad spinner. ooohhh I’m so happy 🙂
Hop on to Natural Mantra’s blog to view some salad tips and the recipe –  Chickpea Salad with Lime & Mustard Dressing.