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Black Bean Salad Recipe..My favorite summer salad

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Summer is at its peak in our part of the world and we are making the most of it. Summer also means outings, picnics and potlucks. This black bean salad that I am sharing with you today is my favorite summer salad. The best part about this salad is that you can pre-make it (How awesome is that..!!), serve it at room temperature and is light and healthy. Perfect for the summer days when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. 😀

So get your picnic basket ready and enjoy this light summer treat. Its good with chips, or make it a meal by wrapping it in some tortillas or top it on a toast. So delicious 😛

Here is how I make this yummy and healthy salad

Ingredients:

Black beans – 2 cans, 15 oz, drained and well rinsed (You can also pressure cook your choice of beans and use in the recipe)

Red Bell pepper – 1 medium, finely chopped

English Cucumber – 1 medium, finely chopped (If using regular cucumber make sure to deseed it)

Frozen corn kennels – 1 cup, microwave them for a minute

Red onion – 1 small, finely chopped

Chopped Cilantro – 1/2 cup

Garlic – 2 cloves, minced

Olive Oil – 1/2 cup

Lime Juice – 1/4 cup

Pepper – 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Rinse the black beans really well and mix all the other veggies – bell pepper, cucumber, corn, onion and cilantro. Keep aside.
  2. To make the dressing – mix together the olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Finally mix the beans, veggies and the dressing in a bowl and keep it covered in a refrigerator for at least 2 – 4 hours.
  4. Adjust the seasonings as per your preference.
  5. Serve it with your favorite chips or enjoy as it is.

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I hope you liked this easy and delicious summer salad.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Aam ka Chunda or Sweet Mango Pickle

IMG_1655Aam ka Chunda or Sweet mango pickle is a traditional Gujarati sweet, best enjoyed with Theplas (flatbread). I have fond memories of this sweet chunda. I remember enjoying it with parathas, bread, chips or just spoonful’s of this delightful treat. If you love sweeter dips or chutneys, this is a must try. I got this recipe from my mom and when I made this yesterday, it transported me back in time. And when I saw my own daughter enjoying it as much, I knew I will be making it again soon. 😀

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Chunda is made traditionally by sun drying raw mango and sugar. This process takes about 7 days but since I do not get enough sunlight here, I used the stove top method. Also, you need really raw mangoes for this recipe. My mangoes were not as raw hence I did not get good strings of mango when I grated it. But the taste was just as divine. Trust me you have to make it to believe it. 🙂

So here is how my mom makes Chunda. Thank you mommy for the recipe. ❤

Ingredients:

Raw grated mangoes – 2 cups

Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cups, can use up to 2 cups if you prefer overly sweet chunda

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1tsp, preferably the Kashmiri Red Chilly powder

Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Roasted Cumin Seeds powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Peel and grate your mangoes using the thick side of the grater to make sure you get long strings or else the thinner strings will dissolve while cooking.
  2. Mix the sugar with the grated mangoes and keep aside for at least 5 hours. The sugar will dissolve gradually and there will be some water in the pan. Keep stirring every few hours. We haven’t turned on the stove yet.
  3. After about 5 hours, mix it all well and lets start cooking the Chunda. Take a big wok or Kadhai and add in the mango and sugar mix. Throw in the cumin seeds. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Once, the mixture boils and you see bubbles, turn down the flame and keep cooking till you have reached a one string consistency of the sugar syrup. The mixture will thicken up gradually. Its very important to keep stirring.
  5. The way to check if your Chunda is ready, take a spoonful of this mixture and drop it in a plate. After a minute it will solidify and will no longer be of pouring consistency. That’s when you know its done. It is very important to not over cook this or else the sugar will crystalize the next day.
  6. Add in the turmeric powder, salt, red chilly powder and the cumin powder. Stir well. Cook it for another minute on low flame.
  7. That’s it. Done. Switch off the flame and let it cool down before storing it away in an air tight container. It will stay fresh for over an year without refrigeration, though I am pretty sure mine will not last that long. 😛

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So there was a childhood favorite recipe. Do give it a try.

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂