Fresh Mint Leaves. Cucumber. Curd. being the main ingredients of this recipe led me to name it Summer Coolant Salad. Pasta gives body to the salad, peanuts give the salad a nice crunch; whereas, the rest of the ingredients enhance the taste of the dish. It is refreshing and at the same time very nutritious.
It is important to eat the right kind of foods during summers because they help keep you cool and hydrated. Curd contains good bacteria that increases the immunity level in the body and helps in digestion too. I have curd everyday in the form of Lassi ( half glass curd, half glass water, a pinch of freshly ground black pepper and black salt). It tastes delicious. 😉 Needless to say, mint is a perfect summer herb. I love the strong aroma that comes from fresh mint leaves. It is so soothing. I really enjoyed this recipe, hope you all do too. 🙂 You can adjust the quantity of the ingredients as per your taste.
This is what you will need:
Ingredients (Serves 4)
2 cups cooked durum wheat pasta (I’ve used Chifferi Rigati)
1 cup sweet corn kernels
A handful of fresh mint leaves
½ cup finely diced cucumber
1 finely chopped de-seeded green chili
2 tbsp crushed peanuts (add more if you like)
½ cup curd
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt for seasoning
Juice of 1 lemon
- Roast peanuts in a pan on a low flame for a minute or two and then toss them on a high flame for a minute. Set aside for 5 minutes. Give them a rub in a muslin cloth. Air blow the peels in your kitchen sink. Once you’re rid of the peels pound them roughly in a mortar and pestle. Keep aside.
- For the dressing: Add curd and mint leaves in a mixer grinder and blitz. Add in a little seasoning too at this time along with lemon juice and 1 tsp olive oil.
- Pour the mint dressing over the salad and sprinkle the leftover seasoning. Toss well.
Note: After you have drained your pasta, drizzle a bit of olive oil so that it does not stick to each other as we will require cold pasta for the recipe. Give it a mix in between when it is being cooled.
I am linking this recipe to The Spice Trail – Summer Spice .
Happy Summers 🙂