We love eating out. And one of our favourite restaurants is Earth, an Italian lounge. Their tag line is "Heaven is a place on Earth" and we definitely agree. Now we end up going there so often that their entire staff recognizes us. We're friends with the manager and the head-chef. And we're probably the only ones who go on stage and sing along with the artist who gives live performances. It's one of those restaurants where we feel totally at home.
But having friends has its advantages. We were recommended another restaurant by the manager there as he felt that we also needed some change. He made reservations for us and we landed up there. Our experience there wasn't great and we left after having a drink each and an appetizer. The serving size was so terribly small and the drinks so expensive that we decided to leave early. Moreover, for an oriental lounge, the DJ was playing hindi music. Something we thought totally out of place.
But the appetizer we had was really nice. The waiter claimed it was a Thai dish. I didn't think so. Then he said they had Indianized the dish (as they had the music) to suit clients' tastes.
I decided to try it at home. I had all vegetables that we had that night except for mushrooms. To convert it into lunch, I added a handful of boiled pasta.
3 cups Mixed Vegetables (Broccoli, Capsicum, Baby Corn, Mushroom), sliced
1/2 cup Boiled Pasta
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the marinade:
1 cup Coriander leaves
3 pods Garlic
2 Green Chillies
1/2 tsp Salt
1" piece Ginger
1 tsp Lime Juice
Toss the vegetables in the marinade and grill for 15 minutes. Add the boiled pasta and toss well. Add salt and pepper.
Apart from tasting really nice, this salad is a treat for the eyes as well. My photograph doesn't do it much justice (the world knows I have lighting probl;ms at home!). But it is a very colourful salad. I'm going to make this more often when the lovely vegetables are in season.