Roasted Vegetable Salad with Quinoa

For over 2 weeks now I am doing this Project #saladeveryday on my Fb page. I feel salads are a way of life and the easiest and fun way to include fresh veggies and fruits in your diet. With a fussy 7 yr old and an equally fussy husband when it comes to eating greens, I have been pretty much successful in this effort of mine.

This week its the the Salad Week at KFB and I made an easy  – Roasted Vegetable Salad with Quinoa. Now I am very new to quinoa, this is probably the first time I am using this grain as I have heard such nice things about it, it being sort of a wonder grain – gluten free and all that. My friend Sarani of Cocoawind uses it in many innovative ways! I found the texture nice and it went well with the vegetables almost making it a complete meal.

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Roasted Vegetable Salad with Quinoa
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Fusion
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Serves: 2 person
An easy summer salad
  • Carrots - 1 medium - cubed
  • Cucumber - 1 medium - cubed with skin on
  • Mushroom - a cup - halved
  • Tomato - 1 large - cubed
  • Beans - a few - stringed and cut
  • Onion - 1 large - cubed
  • Oilve oil - 2 tbsp.
  • Honey - 1 tbsp.
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 tsp
  • Quinoa - cooked - 1 cup - Follow instruction on packet. The quinoa to water ratio is 1:2.
  1. In a baking tray toss together the cut vegetables with olive oil , honey, salt pepper and balsamic.
  2. Heat oven to 180 degree C and grill the vegetables for 15 to 20 mins.
  3. Serve warm along with the cooked quinoa.

The Kabab and Biryani Festival at Swissotel , Kolkata

Durbari – the Indian fine dining restaurant at the Swissotel is hosting a Kabab and Biryani Festival starting today. I was lucky enough to get invited for a preview of the same and I totally loved it. The menu is very innovative with very different and not run of the mill kababs and grilled items. They have introduced the concept of a set menu where diners get to taste a wide array of dishes at a fixed cost. The servings are unlimited and has three courses – almost 7 to 8 types of kababs , biryani and a dessert along with a glass of wine.

I had a chat with Asish – the F&B manager and also Chef Shubrodip Ghosh who has designed the menu. Each and every item included in the menu is new and will surely impress you. Set menus let the diners enjoy the courses well without getting overwhelmed when too many items are served at one go. There is a choice of Veg and Non veg – you choose what you want!The vegetarian selection has kababs like Aam aur chana ka kabab, Noril Makai ki seekh and Dahi potli to name a few while the non veg lovers can gorge on Lahsooni Tawa Jheenga , Saloni Machi Tikka , Murgh Chandi Kali , Shirka Pyaz Boti and so on!

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Finished the meal with Gulab Jamun and some homemade paan icecream which was a perfect end to the scrumptious meal. Dining at the Swissotel is always a pleasure and their top notch hospitality just make it even more special. I am off on a holiday tomorrow and there couldn’t have been a better way to start my vacation.

If you are around this side of town or now with the summer hoilidays on, want to indulge in some good food, try out the Kabab and Biryani Festival here.

The set menus are priced @ 1700 INR for Vegetarian and @ 2000 INR for the Non – Vegetarian option. Servings are unlimited. It is on at Durbari for both lunch and dinner from today onwards



Amritsari Pedewali Lassi – Your favourite summer drink made even better

I have been hearing and seeing so many pictures of Amritsari food on various food groups that I had to do some research. The Kulchas, the choley, the mithais, o my god the list is endless. I am not even thinking of the awesome non vegetarian spread you get there. But one such item that caught my fancy is the Pedewali lassi. Google didn’t have extensive information on it but I chanced upon some recipes. Its super easy to make ( assuming this is an authentic recipe ) and its delicious. So when KFB announced their Summer Cooler event I jumped in to make some Amritsari Pedewali Lassi.God willing I will make a trip to Amritsar soon, till then I am treating myself to this yummy goodness.

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Amritsari Pedewali Lassi - Your favourite summer drink made even better
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
A refreshing take on your regular lassi
  • Curd/yogurt - 2 cups
  • Malai peda / Khoya - 5-6 nos
  • Vanilla icecream - 1 scoop - my own addition as I thought it would add to the taste.
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp. - optional
  • Ice cubes - a few - optional
  • Crushed pistachios- a handful for garnish
  • Saffron strands - a few - optional
  1. Just put everything in a blender except the pista and churn till frothy.
  2. Serve chilled garnished with some crushed pistachios.

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