Tuesday, December 8, 2009

glazed carrot salad with walnuts , sesame n lemon : desi style


I eat a lot of salads but it is mostly without any dressing ............ i chop some carrots , radishes, cucumbers , lettuce etc. in a big bowl every morning and keep it on the dining table ...the target is to finish it during the day....... it works for me this way , no extra oil , fat or salt is taken and you eat lots of greens and mindless snacking is curbed as i pick up a handful now n then and keep munching on them..........

But sometimes i make a proper dressed salad ( fat free mostly) or a warm salad , a honey glazed orange carrot is an oft repeated salad , the recipe will come here in future .... this time i made it with lemon as i am getting a lot of lemons from my garden and to make it truly desi i used jaggery for a caramelized glaze....it was yummy and i have repeated the recipe several times this season.....perfect for lunch....

ingredients ...

carrots sliced 3 cups
curly leaf lettuce 2-3 leaves torn
lemon juice 2 tbsp
jaggery crushed 1.5 tbsp ( can be replaced with molasses or brown sugar or honey )
sesame toasted 1 tbsp
walnuts a handful
freshly crushed pepper 1 tsp or a bit more
salt to taste
oil 1 tsp ( i used EVOO )

procedure...

Toast sesame seeds till aromatic n popped up , i did it in microwave . Break walnuts into small pieces and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and tip the carrots in it , add salt and stirfry on medium heat till they change color but not cooked ( takes about 2 minutes), sprinkle the crushed jaggery , lemon juice and pepper powder and stir well on high heat now........the jaggery will get watery first and then it will coat the carrot pieces like caramel , glazing them ( takes another 2 minutes).........remove from heat.

To assemble , place torn lettuce leaves in the base of a plate or bowl , and place the glazed carrots in the center , sprinkle sesame seeds and walnuts ...mix them a bit ...some extra sesame seeds in each of the luttuce leaves will taste awesome.........

serve immediately .... wrap some carrot slices in the lettuce , folding in some of the nuts and see how it fills your senses with crunchy, nutty , lemony n caramel flavors.........i love it.....can have it for all meals of the day , seven days a week............that good... 


enjoy........all the omega 3's , the vitamin A and C.........don't forget the fiber........tasty way to stay fit..........

16 comments:

  1. Dear Sangeeta
    The dressing is tempting me to eat salad..Normally I always kept myself away from raw vegetables. But it seems if I continue to read your blog ( which I will do) I will be brainwashed thoroughly to start eating salads soon and have some health benefit.
    :-)

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  2. Love salads and most of the time use jaggery for all sweets. But never tried adding jaggery in salads, very interesting indeed. Will try out next tim.e

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  3. Love the idea of adding jaggery in the salad dressing. Looks healthy!

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  4. Thats a whole lot of new idea for me...never had this kind of salad...sounds very interesting.

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  5. A healthy salad to stay fit sounds like magical words to me. Absolutely love this recipe dear.

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  6. Jaggery...ummm....something new for salads but sounds interestin....& delicious....

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  7. hey yummy salad...nice combination sangeeta...jagerry and sesame seeds with lemon vl give a nice taste

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  8. wow, sounds like a really tempting salad! My favorite way of eating salads is also mostly without dressing or just a bit of olive oil-lemon juice-salt & pepper dressing. This one looks wonderful and perfect for these freshly in season winter carrots!

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  9. So flavorful sangeeta..fantastic..you are a genious

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  10. looks too good,Nice idea of adding sesame seeds in it,gives it a nice crunch

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  11. I love eating salads too, but always with a bread beside; I also love adding nuts and cheese cubes to my salads; yours look very interesting with the addition of jaggery, must have been tasted sweet, sour and crunchy at the same time; very nice idea adding the sesame seeds too (have you roasted them?)
    thank you for stopping by mine to leave a comment, you have got a wonderful healthy blog too, lots of reminders to eat healthy, will come back often to pick up your healthy tips!!nice work!!

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