Monday, December 31, 2012

Red Rice and Chick Peas Salad

I started a new contract a few months ago. In this place Fridays are free breakfast days with bagels and doughnuts. Anyway before December the bagels disappeared long before the doughnuts ever did. The first week I thought it was an aberration but this happened week after week before Thanksgiving and December. I made a mental note that I was working in a very healthy place. Once the Holidays season hit there were lot more sweets and cookies in the kitchen and I also noticed doughnuts were starting to disappear before the bagels did.

According to my unscientific survey not only was I eating more cookies, candies and sweet stuff I was also noticing that everybody else was doing the same thing. And please please tell I am not the only one noticing these things!

The holidays are over and the New Year is upon us and here's

Wishing everyone of you dear readers a Very Happy New Year!


New Year means new resolutions and healthy eating. I have resolved to eat more salads with a lot of legumes and this recipe is a start. Chick peas is this protein powerhouse which I realize we should eat more than we are doing now. When I say salads I do not mean green leafy vegetables but lighter cooked salads.

Salads are successful when the dressing is tasty and light. I also like them to have a spicy kick and American pickles serve the purpose. If you do not have access to those, vinegar soaked green chilies would be a good substitute or a few splashes of your favorite hot sauce.

I have used red rice but wild rice or even brown rice can be used.

Red Rice and Chick Peas Salad Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of red rice (or any rice of choice)
  2. 2 cups of chick peas soaked overnight
  3. 3 Perisan cucumbers sliced
  4. 2 tbsp of chopped jalapeno pickled peppers
  5. 2 tbsp of lime juice + 1 tbsp of olive oil
  6. 1/2 cup of grape fruit slices
  7. 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  8. salt to taste
Method
  1. Cook the red rice as per instructions. Soak the rice for an hour and cook it in 2 cups of water.
  2. Cook the chick peas until soft. Take care not to make it mushy.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the rice and chickpeas.
  4. Whisk together lime juice,salt and olive oil and add to the rice.
  5. Add in the sliced cucumbers and peppers.
  6. Add in the grape fruit and gently toss them together.
  7. Top with feta cheese.
Can be served as lunch or dinner.

10 comments:

  1. Red Rice and Chick Peas Salad is such a great dish, and your version looks perfect for warming a person through before heading out in search perfect new years day outing!

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  2. Happy New Year Indo!
    Salad looks delicious. Good luck with healthy eating resolution

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  3. Happy New Year and congrats on your new contract! I can see quinoa going really well with this recipe, too!

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    1. Thanks Manisha. Yes Quinoa would work great too.

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  4. Happy New Year indo...
    That looks great :)

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  5. Happy new year wishes to you and your family.Salad looks catchy and healthy.

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  6. Love your recipes! Am myself always on a hunt for new recipe ideas.

    My name is Pratishtha Shrotriya Khan, and I am running a year long Breakfast Project wherein I am cooking 356 different breakfast recipes within 365 days. And to celebrate 200 days of the project, I am running a contest!

    I would be honored to have your recipes mailed to breakfastprojekt@gmail.com to win 20 Gourmet Hampers from Olive Tree Trading, before 8th January! Details on www.breakfastprojekt.com

    Thanks and Regards,
    Pratishtha Shrotriya Khan

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  7. Hey Indo!! Glad to seee things are going well with you. Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year!

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  8. Happy New Year Indo. Wishing you well with the new contract too. I have realized that my family(read the husband) is not much into leafy salads (after several rotten bags of lettuce it dawned on me actually). This year I will try going the route of these different kind of salads. Quinoa as Manisha says sounds like a great idea in this

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