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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Srivastava fell unconscious when he was working out on a treadmill at the gym. Later he felt severe chest pain and then collapsed after which his trainer brought him to the hospital.
According to comedian Sunil Pal Srivastava’s health is good now. He is recovering rapidly and will be home soon.
Meanwhile, just hours before Srivastava suffered a heart attack he shared a stand-up comedy piece on his Instagram. He mimicked a few veteran actors on information being spread on Covid-19 via caller tune on the phones.
However, Srivastava got recognition by participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He has done roles in films like Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya. Moreover, Srivastava is also the chairman of the Uttar Pardesh Film Division Board.
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Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu’s film ‘Shabaash Mithu’ is all set to stream on OTT platform Voot. Recently the movie released in theaters but failed to impress the audience.
The movie is based on the life of Indian cricketer Mithali Raj. Pannu’s movie is slated to stream on Voot select in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Meanwhile, the final streaming date of the film is still awaited.
Earlier on Tuesday, Voot Select dropped a teaser of the film on Instagram. “The untold story of a fighter, an achiever, and a game changer who deserves a ‘Shabaash’ over and over again. Watch Taapsee Pannu as ace cricketer Mithali Raj, in the World Digital Premiere of Shabaash Mithu, Coming soon on #VootSelect,” Voot captioned.
Taapsee portrayed the role of a sportsperson for the third time in her career.
Meanwhile, Pannu shared her excitement about the movie’s OTT release and said, ” This film is very close to me. As someone who prides in championing roles and characters that celebrate women, playing the character of an iconic and truly inspiring cricketer has been a matter of immense pride and satisfaction. It was a challenging character to portray, especially as every chapter in Mithali’s life revealed the many layers of this national inspiration. I am very excited about its release on Voot Select.”
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Aamir previously discussed how long a movie on the epic would take, saying in an interview, “It is a longing. The task is enormous. For me, it is a dream come true. However, if I make the decision to succeed now, I will have to dedicate 20 years to it. The content is incredibly intriguing to me, but I’m afraid that if I say yes and decide to do it, five years will solely be spent on research before it can be put into practise.”
Aamir’s forthcoming movie, Laal Singh Chadha, is now being promoted, a legitimate reimagining of the 1994 Forrest Gump, a Hollywood production. Laal Singh Chaddha is the movie that Aamir spent more than ten years working on.
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Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is in the news these days for his film ‘Raksha Bandhan’. A campaign of boycott is being run against Kumar’s film.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar himself has broken the silence on this whole controversy. He said in a special conversation that if someone does not want to see this film, then do not watch it, because we live in independent India. He recently said this at a promotional event for the film in Kolkata.
“If you don’t feel like watching the movie, then don’t. It’s a free country and the film is out there, so if someone wants to watch it or not, it’s up to them. I would like to tell you, no matter which industry it is, be it the clothing industry, film industry, or anything else, all of these help the economy. But doing things like boycotting movies, it doesn’t make sense,” Kumar said.
A few days ago, Aamir Khan also expressed his views about the ongoing campaign to Boycott Laal Singh Chaddha in India.
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“I’m excited and looking forward to being part of celebrating all things movies and cinema in Melbourne. I’m elated to have been invited by IFFM and to be part of a festival that truly celebrates Indian cinema in all its glory. For them to confer me with the Leadership in Cinema award is truly an honor for me and I’m thankful to the jury and the team of IFFM. To be in another country celebrating Indian pride and Indian content alongside my peers in something I’m truly looking forward to,” Bachchan said.
The ‘Guru’ star will also deliver a special speech about his journey in cinema at IFFM 2022.
This year the film festival will be in its physical version after being solely virtual for the last two years.
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On his story, Justin published an apology to the unidentified user.
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This kind gesture by Bieber has won the hearts of millions, pouring him love from his fans all across the globe.
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