With monsoon in its full bloom and the dreadful pandemic threatening to make a comeback with its third wave, our focus on health and nutrition has doubled. Fresh foods, greens, and a wholesome diet is important for building our immunity and at the same time giving us the energy and zing to cope with stressful work from home routines, which can make us lethargic after a heavy afternoon meal. The pandemic has also been a little heavy on families in terms of both cooking and eating because it is natural for a lot of us to consume more when families are around all the time. It is important to get hooked on to salads at this point for people of all ages to get those essential nutrients, micronutrients and minerals, which our regular meals cannot fulfill.
The need of the hour is to add in freshness and seasonal produce and that can help in many ways and o add in that dollop of health so as to keep other issues at bay. Immunity has been the operative word since 2020 and it is showing even more heavily today with so many Covid related diseases cropping up, making I even more important to focus on our health. Here are some binge worthy, guilt free salads that are bound to cheer you up!
Let’s start with a Mango and Grilled Tofu Salad, which is perfect for the summers. I’m not a tofu fan, so I prefer to replace that with either chicken or paneer.
MANGO AND GRILLED TOFU SALAD BY TARUN SIBAL OF TITLIE
• Mangoes (ripe) – 2
• Carrots – 2
• Cucumbers -2
• Mixed Greens – 1 bowl (arugula, mixed lettuce, mint, sweet basil, fresh coriander)
• Tofu – 80 gm (or chicken/paneer)
• Sweet Paprika powder – 1 tsp
• Fresh ground pepper – 1 tsp
• Salt – ½ tsp
• Zest of 1 lime
• 1/4 cup lime juice freshly squeezed (about 2 limes)
• Sweet Paprika Powder – 1 tsp
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Freshly ground pepper
• 1 tsp honey
• Cut the mangoes into wedges
• Cut the tofu into wedges, season it with salt and paprika
• Grill the tofu on both sides with some olive oil on medium heat and keep it aside
• Take out carrot and cucumber ribbons and add them to cold water so that they remain crisp
• Add the mixed greens to the ice-cold water
• Mix all the ingredients of the dressing in a jar and shake well
• Pat dry the leaves, carrots and cucumber ribbons and mix together
• Add salt, pepper, paprika, mangoes and tofu. Add 3/4th dressing to the mix
• Arrange it on a plate with tofu and mangoes on top
• Garnish with mint leaves and paprika powder
• Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top
Voila! Your Gourmet Casual Summer Salad is good to go! The best part about this salad is that it is a full meal in itself. There are no cravings after a portion of this. It also rids me of the guilt about the ice cream and mango shake binges that are on at this time of the year!
KOSAMBARI BY CHEF AROKIYADOSS AT THE APPUMM HOUSE
Kosambari is a simple moong dal salad popular in Karnataka. It is a delicious, protein-packed lentil salad that is an integral part of Kannada cuisine. It is my go-to recipe during these sultry months because it is easy to make and uses the bare minimum ingredients. Chef Arokiyadoss adds, “It is also popular as kosumalli or hesarubele kosambari and is part of every festive meal or wedding feast. In Andhra, it goes by the name vadapappu. Vadapappu is nothing but soaked moong dal while Kosambari is a salad comprising of soaked moong dal, cucumber, fresh coconut and coriander leaves. Undoubtedly festive, yet simple. It is a light yet filling salad that can be eaten as a meal by itself along with a glass of neer mor or South Indian buttermilk. It is quick to make and very versatile in terms of the ingredients used. Basic moong dal salad recipe calls for soaked moong dal and cucumber. You can add grated carrot and raw mango too for variation. Soaking of moong dal makes it easily digestible and more nutritious. A perfect protein rich salad for those looking to lose weight!”
• 1 cup yellow moong dal
• 2 teaspoon lemon juice
• 2 tablespoon coriander leaves
• 2 medium cucumber
• 1 teaspoon ginger
• 4 medium carrot
• Salt as required
• 1 pinch asafoetida
• 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
• 4 green chilli
• 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
• Soak the moong dal in water for 2 hours and then, drain the water and keep the dal aside. Now, peel and chop the cucumber, carrots, ginger and keep them in different bowls.
• In a large mixing bowl, add the chopped veggies along with salt, lemon juice, coriander leaves and soaked moong dal. Mix the ingredients well.
• Now, heat oil in a pan over medium flame and add mustard seeds in it and after a minute, add asafoetida and green chillies. Fry them for another minute and turn off the flame.
• Pour the tempering on the salad dish and wait for few minutes before you put it in the refrigerator. Serve chilled!
DUO OF MELON SALAD RECIPE BY CHEF PAWAN BISHT AT THE ONE8 COMMUNE
This is my ultimate favourite, since the melon salad recipe is the simple, delicious, and healthy with a burst of flavours.
• 1 cup scooped watermelon
• 1 cup scooped cantaloupe melon (I use musk melon)
• 2 cups washed and dried aragula (rocket) leaves
• 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons organic honey
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 cup balsamic vinegar
• 4 tablespoons of roasted pumpkin seeds
• Salt to taste
• Pepper to taste
• Take a bowl and blend olive oil, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper thoroughly.
• Add balsamic vinegar to it and put it on a low flame.
• Reduce the mixture till it comes to a glaze consistency.
• Scoop watermelon and cantaloupe melon, keep in the fridge to chill.
• Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, add the balsamic glaze and the aragula.
WATERMELON-E-FETA SALAD RECIPE BY CHEF SAHIL SINGH
Even though this recipe needs a slightly elaborate preparation with the different kinds of lettuce and the feta, it is totally worth it. I of course substitute a few ingredients with what is available at the moment, but it turns out best this way. Of course, I do not worry about not finding one variety of lettuce. I use a little more of the ones I have or add spinach or rocket leaves.
• Romaine lettuce – 50 gm
• Lolorosso lettuce – 50 gm
• Iceberg lettuce – 50 gm
• Balsamic (Reduction) – 10 gm
• Watermelon cubed
• Greek feta – 15 gm
• Salt as per taste
• Walnuts – around 15 gm (I add some raisins and roasted almonds, too)
• Cut the watermelon into cubes and roughly pluck the lettuce.
• Chill watermelon cubes for a few hours.
• Once ready, marinate the watermelon and lettuce in balsamic dressing separately
• Add salt and pepper.
• Take a fresh bowl and spread lettuce first. Add watermelon on top of salad and sprinkle
The Greek feta cheese and walnut/nuts.
• Serve immediately.
These are simple recipes using seasonal fruits, vegetables and ingredients that are mostly available in our kitchen or the fridge. Eating five portions of fruit each day, greens for the vitamins and to fulfill all the protein requirements per day is all very tedious, and most of us fail at getting the right nutrition, which is the need of the hour. Salads can be boring but with some of these brilliant recipes, it can be a fabulous add on to our meals, as well as something that can be snacked on for those mid-day and evening hunger pangs. Keep safe, keep healthy and keep eating the right stuff this summer!
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‘THE CROWN’ TAKES THE THRONE AT EMMYS 2021
LOS ANGELES: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ won big at the Emmys 2021. This show which follows Queen Elizabeth’s life throughout the decades of her reign was declared winner of the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. It also bagged awards for best actors (drama) and best actors in supporting roles. The show also took home the best writing and directing award.
On such a remarkable win, the team of Netflix took to the streaming giant’s official Twitter handle to congratulate the members of the show. “Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Crown for their 11 Emmy wins — including Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, and Best Actor for Josh O’Connor https,” the tweet read. Apart from ‘The Crown’, ‘Ted Lasso’ also registered a golden win at Emmys 2021. It racked up four wins, including for best comedy and star Jason Sudeikis. Emmys moved to an indoor-outdoor venue this year due to the pandemic. It was held on Sunday at the Event Deck at LA Live.
SHAH RUKH BIDS ADIEU TO LORD GANESH
NEW DELHI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, on Sunday night, bid adieu to Lord Ganesh, with a pray to seeing him again next year. Khan took to his Instagram handle and shared a picture of Lord Ganesha’s idol at home. Sharing the picture, the Padma Shri winning actor wrote, “May Lord Ganesha’s blessings remain with all of us until we see him again next year… Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!”
The picture accumulated love from more than one lakh fans within a few minutes of being shared. For the unversed, in 2018, SRK was trolled for making his youngest son AbRam Khan pray to Lord Ganesha during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. At that time, the superstar posted a picture on his Instagram handle which saw AbRam praying to Lord Ganesha at home. Sharing the picture at that time, SRK wrote, “Our Ganpati ‘Pappa’ is home, as the lil one calls him”.
Currently, SRK, who was last seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Zero’, has been shooting for ‘Pathan’ which co-stars Deepika Padukone and apparently, John Abraham too.
SONU BREAKS SILENCE ON IT RAID CONTROVERSY
MUMBAI: After tax raids took place at his offices in Mumbai a few days ago, actor Sonu Sood has now finally reacted to the ongoing controversy.
Sonu has been providing assistance to those in need amid the ongoing pandemic through his charitable trust. On Monday, he posted a statement on his social media handles. “You don’t always have to tell your side of the story. Time will. I have pledged myself to the service of the people of India with all my strength and heart. Every rupee in my foundation is awaiting its turn to save a precious life and reach the needy,” the post read.
He also shared that on many occasions, he has “encouraged brands to donate my endorsement fees for humanitarian causes too, which keeps us going.”
“I have been busy attending to a few guests hence was unable to be at your service, for the last 4 days. Here I am back again in all humility. At your humble service, for life,” the statement concluded.
According to Income Tax Department, Sonu and his associates were involved in Rs 20 crore tax evasion and violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) while raising funds from abroad.
TAAPSEE’S ‘RASHMI ROCKET’ TO RELEASE THIS DUSSEHRA
MUMBAI: The makers of the much-awaited Taapsee Pannu-starrer ‘Rashmi Rocket’ have finally announced that the film will be released on October 15 on the OTT platform ZEE5.
On Monday, Taapsee shared the poster of the film along with the release date. The poster gives viewers a quick glimpse of the adrenaline-packed narrative, while Taapsee looks full of grit and determination. Along with it, she penned the caption, “Ye chunautiyon bhari race shuru ho chuki hai aur ab ravan dahan pe hi aake rukegi. Bahot kuch nasht karna hai Rashmi ko iss saal.” “Get ready to run with Rashmi in this race on and off the track. She will need you in this one. #RashmiRocket ready to take off on 15th October 2021 only on @zee5,” Taapsee added.
Following the story of a young girl, who hails from a small village but is blessed with an incredibly large gift, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is directed by Akarsh Khurana. What seems like an athletic contest turns into her personal battle for respect, honour, and even her very identity.
SALMAN, KATRINA HEAD TO AUSTRIA TO SHOOT FOR ‘TIGER 3’
MUMBAI: After Turkey and Russia, Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have headed to Austria on Monday to shoot for the international leg of their upcoming movie ‘Tiger 3’.
Salman and Katrina will perform some spectacular action sequences in places like Upper Austria, Salzkammergut, Dachstein Salzkammergut and finally in Vienna. Katrina also shared a video and a picture on her Instagram Story in which she can be seen travelling in Altaussee in Austria, with members of her crew. “Travelling in style with these cuties,” she wrote.
A source from Austria revealed, “’Tiger 3’ will present Austria like never before and Yash Raj Films’ is ensuring that they present the country in the most spectacular way possible. Salman and Katrina will shoot in some never-seen-before locales in the country. They are currently shooting in the areas like Upper Austria, Salzkammergut, Dachstein Salzkammergut where they are filming some intense action sequences for the film.”
Sharing about director Maneesh Sharma’s “grand vision”, the source added, “Maneesh Sharma has a grand vision for ‘Tiger 3’ and Austria presents a perfect backdrop to Tiger and Zoya’s journey and mission in the film. The country is vital to the plot and the screenplay of the film and Maneesh is going all out to shoot some of the most spectacular sequences of the film in Austria.”
FANS IN AWE OF TAAPSEE’S PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION
MUMBAI: Actress Taapsee Pannu strives to give her best in everything she does and proof of the fact is her recent Instagram post.
On Sunday, Taapsee on her Instagram shared a picture in which she is seen standing in a field with her well-toned back muscles visible in the photograph. “Bhaut sar pe chada rakha hai ise, kisi ki nhi sunti par khud ki sunti hai ….bahut badi baat hai.#TheCalmBeforeTheStorm,” she captioned the post.
The throwback picture appears to be taken during her training session for the upcoming film ‘Rashmi Rocket’, which revolves around the life of an athlete from Gujarat. Netizens have heaped praises on Taapsee for her “amazing” physical transformation for the role. “Mind-blowing transformation,” a fan commented. “Meri sun, body banwa de yaar,” actor and Taapsee’s close friend Abhilash Thapliyal quipped.
Directed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is expected to release on OTT soon.
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