January 15, 2013

Cucumber salad with nutty hung curd dressing


Ever since I announced the Magic Mingle Challenge # 13 (MM # 13)with Cucumber + Walnuts, my mind was filled with all sorts of ideas but most sizzled out due to a very challenging newborn at home. I didnt want to make the usual salad, and baking was out of the question due to paucity of time although most of us Magic Minglers did bake beautiful stuff, and one of us even made Sheera (sweet pudding with semolina and Cucumber). 

The humble cucumber has surely climbed dizzying heights, thanks to the indigenous efforts of MMers .. Coming to today's dish, its got one of my favourite ingredients - hung Curd. How I could go any wrong it seemed ? Lets get to this fuss free no-cook salad that has more time required as prep time than assembling the salad itself. I have cut the cucumbers into roundels, but the hung curd dip (as you would read below) can be served with crudites of any veggie - cucumber / carrots / tomatoes / beets. 

Lets get cracking then, shall we :-) Linking it to MM # 13 along with Vardhini's New U and Sumee's Healthy Appetite. Catch the rest of the magic minglers here


Prep time - 5 mins + 1 hour standing time. No cook. Serves : 2
Difficulty level : Easy
Spice level : medium

Ingredients:
Cucumbers (green) - 1 medium
Hung Curd - 1/2 cup
Salt - to taste
Walnuts - 1/4 cup - chopped fine
Honey - 1/2 TBSP
Olive oil - 2 TBSP
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Red chilli flakes - 1/4 tsp
dried Oregano and basil - 1/2 tsp each
White pepper powder - 1/2 TBSP
Green chillies - 1 or 2 - minced fine

Method:
Tie 1 to 1.5 cups of yoghurt (greek / fat free) in a muslin cloth for an hour or two, till you get 1/2 cup of thick hung curd. Refrigerate till use.
Wash, peel and cut the cucumbers into batons or roundels (thin discs work well).
For the dip, mince together the walnuts, olive oil, chillies. Add to the hung curd and add salt and the rest of the ingredients till you get a thickish dip consistency. 

To serve:
Smear the dip over the sliced ciucumbers and drizzle more lemon juice and pepper powder if required. Serve immediately.

Alternate serving suggestion: Cut any raw veggies into inch long batons or make a batch of french fries and serve with the creamy no-fat dip :-) The latter option surely sounds lipsmacking, doesnt it ? :-)



7 comments:

  1. Looks delicious Kalyani. Must say I am amazed at your dedication to blogging with the new born.

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  2. I can have this anytime and without guilt. I love hung curd too!

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  3. Hung curd as dressing is my all time favorite.... Love it :-)

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  4. Wonderful and very healthy salad.

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  5. Would love to snack on this on ahot summer day.

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