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October 6, 2007

Grilled Vegetable and Pasta Salad



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:


Grind together

1 cup Coriander leaves

3 pods Garlic

2 Green Chillies

1 Onion

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.

20 comments:

Vcuisine said...

Refreshing Raaga. Viji

bindiya said...

looks very good and healthy too!

musical said...

Looks delicious! Green chillies get my vote here :).

Siri said...

The salad looks yummy and healthy raaga.. this wud be a nice entry for WYF - Diet food.. what say?....:)

Happy cook said...

You are with lots of good ideas these days. The dish looks really nice and healthy

Padma said...

Nice idea for a pasta salad for a sunny day! Your platter looks so colorful....

Anonymous said...

Hi nice recipe :)Would like to know where this Earth restaurant is:)

Richa said...

hmm, singing on the stage n all ;)
grilled veg salad looks good.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Colourful and healthy too..

Sharmi said...

very nice and colorful.

Apple said...

Looks healthy n colorful Raaga...

Sig said...

hehe that is so funny that you visited a restaurant so many times that even the manager thought you needed a change! :D That earth sounds like a great place... the salad looks yummy, but as you said there is not much thai in it :)

Arundati Rao said...

looks wonderful.....and a wholesome and healthy meal ....must try

Cynthia said...

This is definitely a guilt-free meal.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

real healthy salad, Raaga...was reading ur post on the apple pin..me too am in a position as u were couple of years ago..trust what, i have not tried my hand in baking not even a single piece of scratch..but , inshallah, i hope i try that soon...really want to..just waiting for that go signal from within..

Kribha said...

Looks so colorful and healthy. Bounty of veggies....love it. Nice recipe and pic.

Happy cook said...

Looks really healthy

Anonymous said...

hey did you loose my comment !!!!!!!!!

sandeepa

lakshmi said...

so where's the thai? lol

that should make for a healthy yummy meal - great idea to toss in some pasta.

Raaga said...

Thanks all of you... I've been facing huge net issues and haven't been able to comment on my own blog!!

Anon: Earth is a restaurant in Sec 15, Gurgaon. Right next to the Fabindia and Amway outlets.

Sandeepa: I must have lost your comment... sorry.