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Tangy Tomato Chutney

Would you believe me if I said that if you make this chutney and have a go at it, you will not stop licking your fingers? Yes, it’s true. If you’re like me and you love tangy chutneys, this one nails it. Like never before.

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‘Serve me Some…Salads’ Event Round-up

You can eat Salads any time of year, don’t you think? Well atleast I can. And what I love most is that you don’t have to feel guilty even one bit, no matter how much you’d gorge. What’s more, they fill you up real fast too. I love that salads are so versatile ‘cos you can make your own combos of fruits and veggies alike, add a dressing of choice, or stick to plain old salt and pepper…do what you like, sky’s the limit! And salads are just what the doctor ordered, so you bet I will be making the most of this round-up.

Thanks everyone for sending in your entries…I’m all set to try every one of these now. And since I’m on a weight-loss spree, all of this really helps inspire me more! The round-up really makes for a treasure trove for all those weight-watchers out there too. This time, only bloggers chose to contribute, so all you have in the round-up are pictures and links to each contribution. Have fun drooling and get set to eat healthy!

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Umm Razeen’s Fatoush
Umm Razeen’s Kiwi and Sweet Melon Salad
Shubhada’s Instant Fruit Salad
Vidhya Iyer’s Mixed Veggie Salad
Nivedita Thadani’s Soya Beans Salad
Padhu’s Kosambari/Indian Salad
Deepti Pawar’s Pineapple Salad
Deepti Pawar’s Rotini Garden Vegetable Salad
Indrani’s Barley & Veggies salad with Greek dressing
Indrani’s Red cabbage, Kidney beans & Tomato salad with a zesty dressing
Indrani’s Mixed fruit & veg salad with Thai dressing
Indrani’s Green Moong & tomato Kachumber
Priya’s Nutty Cabbage Salad
Priya’s Minty Mixed Veggies & Chickpeas Salad
Priya’s Beets, Corn & Celery Salad
Priya’s Creamy Potato,Tomato & Dill Salad
Priya’s Rajma& Mixed Veggies Salad
Priya’s Mixed Veggies & Olive Salad
Jyoti’s Cucumber Bhurji Salad
Lakshmi’s Beetroot Citrus Salad
Manju Rajendar’s Rainbow Fruit Salad
Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal’s Sprouted Green Moong Salad
Aparna Vijay’s Fruit Salad with Custard
Kalyani & Gayatri’s Jicama Salad
Nayna Kanabar’s Pink Grapefruit and Pickled Gherkin Salad
Miriam Korula’s Spinach & Strawberry Salad
Suma Rowjee’s Pineapple, Corn and Roasted Bell Peppers Salad
Suma Rowjee’s Chilled Penne Pasta and Sweet Corn Salad
Kanchan’s Kakdichi Koshimbir/Cucumber Salad with yogurt dressing
Madhuri’s (not me!!) Fruit Salad
Nithu Bala’s Cauliflower & Orange Salad
Nithu Bala’s Kachumbari
Nithu Bala’s Mixed Vegetable and Fruits Salad
Nithu Bala’s Honey Fruit Salad
Nithu Bala’s Spicy Fruit Salad
Madhuri’s (this is me now) Carrot Salad | Carrot Kosambari
Madhuri’s Egg Salad
Madhuri’s Jugalbandhi Salad
Madhuri’s Macaroni Salad
Madhuri’s Potato Salad
Madhuri’s Spinach Raita
Madhuri’s Sprouted Moong Salad
Madhuri’s Summer Salad

A parting shot with a drool-worthy collage, just for you -

Mango Daal

With the Summer heat on in full blast (wish there was a switch to turn it off, or atleast lower it), the only thing I look forward to is the deluge of Mangoes! Turn left, turn right, turn anywhere and all you see are those beckoning bright hues of yellow. It only tempts you to buy more n more mangoes during every visit to the sabzi mandi, and I give in to my weakness, end up stocking different varieties of the ‘King of fruits’ by the dozen, and snack on a mango every now and then, whenever I’m home! ;) And just as much as I binge on the fruit, I also love the tangy, tongue-tickling taste of raw mangoes. I love eating raw mangoes with a salt-chilly powder mixture; aaah even the thought of it is making my mouth water now…slurrrrp! Want to know how raw mangoes benefit you in summer? Lookie here. Like I’ve said before, it is believed that raw mango in any form, helps combat the heat. So here I come Mr. Sun, with my spear and armour, and my mangoes, all ready to fight your blistering heat…stop scorching us!


  • Raw Mango – 1 no (I used the ‘Thothapuri’ variety, but anything will do)
  • Daal (Tur/Masoor) – 1 cup (I used Masoor, for a change)
  • Jaggery – 1/4 cup (pound into small chunks)
  • Green Chillies – 4 nos (vertically slit)
  • Coriander/Cilantro – a fistful, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Ghee/Oil (for tempering) – 1 tsp
  • Water – as required


  • Peel the skin off the mango and cut the pulp into thin slices, about 1″ wide/long.
  • Pressure cook along with the jaggery and 2 green chillies (slit).
  • Also, pressure cook the daal along with turmeric, in a separate vessel. Ensure both daal and mango are well-cooked (they should be easily mashable between your thumb and index finger).
  • In a wok, heat the ghee/oil. Add asafoetida and pop the mustard seeds.
  • Throw in the green chillies.
  • Now add the cooked daal and cook for a minute.
  • Next, mix the mango-jaggery-chilli mixture well using a spoon (don’t mash, just mix), and add to the wok.
  • Add water if required, to get the desired consistency.
  • Add salt to taste and let the daal cook on a low/medium flame for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from flame, garnish with finely chopped coriander/cilantro and serve hot with rice…finger-licking good!

This daal has the perfect mingling of sweet, sour and spicy. Try it…I’m positive you’ll love it!