June 11, 2014

Masoor dal & Hung Curd Salad | Quick Summer Salads

We tasted something similar at an upscale restaurant - Moshe's - for an exorbitant price !! Recreating that at home at a fraction of the cost. Zero cook and zero oil and very low fat : Full of nutrients and customisable to your palate. Hung curd is great throughout the year, more so during summer when it acts like a palate cleanser too !

This is a dish I keep making at least once a week, altering the ingredients suited to my pantry. Its also a great make-ahead for parties. Just skip the lemon juice and salt if serving at a party and add just before serving.



Ingredients : (This is a salad, like most salads, where add or subtract quantities according to your taste). But as an eyeball measure, about 1 cup of soaked masoor with all other ingredients serves atleast 2 adults.
  • Soaked and drained whole masoor (soak for min 6-8 hours or overnight) - 1 cup
  • Chopped cucumber 
  • Deseeded and diced tomatoes
  • Fruits (I used apple, pomogranate and black grapes)
  • Chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • Salt to taste
For the dressing :
  • Hung curd - chilled - approx 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil
  • Black salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey


Method:
  1. Whisk the dressing and chill thoroughly.
  2. Mix all the ingredients of the salad except salt on a large bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and chill again. 
  4. If serving immediately add salt, else add salt just before serving .

Sending this to BM # 41 under "Summer Specials"

11 comments:

  1. interesting to know you did not cook the dal...this combination looks very nice and with a tbsp of masoor dal left to be used before i get the next batch, this seems like an option

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  2. Don't you get the raw taste of daal? Giving it one or two boils should not be bad..the hung curd enhances the taste of most salads...I love it as a dressing.

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  3. Very different and interesting dal salad, hung curd dressing is always my favourite, am curious to know about the taste of those uncooked dal.

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  4. Sounds very unique salad . I must try it....

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  5. Like the dressing, it looks creamy and appetizing.

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  6. Like everyone else I am wondering about the taste of the dal. I think I will try with split moong dal,like kosambari. The dressing sounds very tempting:)

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  7. what a cool and refreshing salad for the summer

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  8. These days I am for all in for these kind of salads. I think I have some whole masoor in my pantry and will try it.

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  9. We have always used raw split yellow dal that's just soaked for 15 mins...so I am guessing masoor is also soft like the split moong..very nice one

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  10. Salad with masoor dhal sounds inviting and interesting,healthy looking salad.

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  11. Very interesting salad. As Vaishali pointed out, I would at least steam the lentils and then use.

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