Simple Greek Salad, Chana Masala & Mango Lassi

Summer is not even officially over yet and it is already chilly here in PA!I was hoping the weather will be pleasant at least until late Nov.Why did I think so? No compelling logic there!Just thought...hoped!Hoping this is a passing phase and we will have good weather again but again its just a hope!
Do any of you guys feel down during Winter, with day light savings gone? Or is it JUST ME?
Before the brutal weather kicks in , I thought we can have a good meal on the deck and so I made this simple meal.

Greek Salad
The dressing is from Ellie Krieger's recipe of Greek Dressing
1 packet mixed greens
1 Red Onion, Halved and thinly sliced
1 Medium Tomato, Chopped
1 Cucumber, Peeled and Cubed
Pepperoncini, to your taste;I used less than 1/4 cup
1 can Kalamata Olives or Olives of your choice
Feta Cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper

Whisk Olive Oil, lemon juice, Oregano, Salt and pepper together well.
For the dressing, blend/whisk all the ingredients.
Toss the salad ingredients,add Feta cheese and drizzle the salad dressing

This goes to No croutons required hosted by Lisa.This month's theme is Mediterranean Salad.

Chana Masala with Plain rice

16 oz can of Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans
1 Medium Onion, chopped+extra for garnish
1 Med ripe Tomatoes,chopped
1 Med Potato, Peeled,cubed, boiled
1 1/2 oz Tamarind Pulp
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2 tsps Ginger-Garlic paste
2 green chillies, chopped
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
Salt to taste
3 tsp ground cumin coriander

Boil or pressure cook Chana/Chickpeas and Potato in a pan until tender but not mashed up.
In a pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil ,fry cumin seeds till it splutters and add onions and green chillies.Cook till onions are soft and translucent.Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, garam masala, cumin coriander powder.Cook for about 2 -3 min.
Add Tomatoes and tamarind pulp and cook till the tomatoes are well cooked.
To this, add the boiled/cooked potatoes and Chickpeas
Cook for about 5-8 minutes , until all the flavors are well combined.

This goes to MLLA_15 hosted by Sia of MonsoonSpice, an event started by Susan of the well seasoned cook

Mango Lassi

1 cup (8 oz) Buttermilk;You can make Yogurt into Buttermilk or use the store bought buttermilk.
1 1/2 cup Mango Pulp
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground Cardamom
2 threads saffron,optional

Blend the ingredients in a blender or if using a whisk, combine them thoroughly.Serve the Lassi with a garnish of Saffron!

This goes to Soup n Juice event hosted by Sireesha.

The whole meal is going to Well Balanced 3 course meal hosted by Yasmeen of Healthnut!

Have fun the rest of the Summer:-)


Priya Suresh said...

Wat a delicious and droolworthy dishes Shri..Salad looks pleasant and delicious!!Lipsmacking Mango lassi..

PriyaRaj said...

VEry colourful,tempting ....nice clicks..

Unknown said...

All the dishes look awesome, esp love the lassi & the salad. Beautiful colors. You are not alone on feeling down in winter. I don't like winter at all, i am also hoping to see good nice warm days.

Sushma Mallya said...

A healthy salad,delicious chana and yummy lassi...Superb Pic ...

amna said...

the chana masala gets my vote, and of course the lassi too!

kitchen queen said...

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Aps Kitchen said...

Hey Gal.... al these 3 dishes r scrumptious... especially mango lassi..... ne thing with mango is divine :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

All the 3 dishes look so tempting...nice presentation :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very colorful... amazing spread...

Rush said...

just the 3 dishes above can make for a wholesome meal...nothing more wanted or greeded for!!

ST said...

Scrumptious and delicious dishes Shri:)

s said...

great menu and presentation...

Shri said...

Thanks Priya, En Samaiyal, A2Z,Sushma

Nags, Thanks!Who can resist the India delicacies?


Thanks, Aps,Gita,HCOF,Rush,Sireesha, s

Padma said...

All 3 dishes look delicious... esp loved the pic of lassi and of course all time fav channa masala... looks tempting and yumm...

Preeti Kashyap said...

I love the greek salad shri....infact was just looking out for a recipe to make it. Thanks for posting it!Great click !

Parita said...

Lassi looks so inviting! loved chana masala too and salad is so colorful!

Abhilash said...

Pictures looks superb.

I like chana with puri and chappaties...

mango lassi is interesting..

chef and her kitchen said...

lovely wholesome meal dear..

Purva Desai said...

I am simply drooling over your clicks.....everything looks irresistible......
Greek salad is my fav salad.....and that glass of Mango Lassi is nostalgic

Jyoti V said...

Lovely and healthy meal !

chow and chatter said...

thanks so much for visiting my blog this meal looks wonderful, and yep very healthy, love love chana masala, having black chana today with chappati lol

Unknown said...

Super duper entries for events..Lassi is so refreshing..Its still scorching in LA:(

Indu said...

Your expertise in western dishes is commendable.I am amazed at your enthusiasm in participating in events hosted by fellow bloggers.

Shri said...

Thanks Padma

Preeti,Loved Ellie's dressing.It is very satisfying I must say!

Thanks Parita

Thanks Purva

I know it tastes good, Abhilash

Thanks Pratibha!

Shri said...

Thanks Jyoti, Chow and Chatter!

Now you are making me jealous, Ramya!This year I cannot use the word 'heat' let alone 'scorching heat' with the East coast.There was no summer at all.This summer was all about cloudy weather and the rain.Hate it, hate it:((Totally envy you:(

Thanks Indu!I do love to cook western dishes not that I don't like Indian.In fact, Indian is my fav cuisine but I am learning other cuisines now, so am more eager to try.And the events,the main reason I do it is because I have a deadline.I would not post a single dish if there was no deadline..May be once in a year I would show up to say I have a blog:D Besides, love all the events..They are so neat!

Joanne said...

This salad looks exactly like the type you would be served at a Greek restaurant. Except better! What a perfect addition to such a well-balanced meal.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the entry Shri.I remember commenting the next day you posted it,looks like it did not get through.
Equally love all the 3 courses :)

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