“Every salad you serve is a picture you have painted, a sculpture you have modeled, a drama you have created.”
― Carol Truax,
Life has been very busy these days, I never relax during holidays it's because I visit India during our summer vacation. I would loads of errands to complete during my visit and I usually running around doing things. The only thing I don't do is cooking and baking. Most of the time it's my Mum, sisters, or my relatives and friends who do it for me as I visit them. I miss Britain during summer as I love it there! It's because for a lot of reasons like the Sun, Flowers, Greenery, and the best of everything is my Garden. I love gardening and growing my own veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers are my favourite hobby.
I will share you some of my Garden plants in my next post, hubby was telling me that there is a heat wave next two weeks and it's going to be very very hot, hope my plants survive the blazing sun rays.
When it's hot or even warm I love to eat more fruits especially fruits with a lot of water content as its going to keep me hydrated. My kitchen gets too hot during summer because of the conservatory and I don't like spending too much time standing there!! Nothing wrong right?
Every summer reminds me of Indian summer, I go through my memory lane thinking about what I used to relish during those hot summer months, what my parents used to give me to eat ? what were my food habits ? (monitored by my parents, even today they keep advising me what to eat and what not to eat!) Most Indian food habits are usually blended with Ayurveda an alternative to our regular Medicine. Even doctors here tend to introduce you to Ayurvedic way of food habits! Ayurveda is an age old way of treating ailments with herbs, roots, and other natural resources available. Ayurvedic way of treating depends on the doshas (Vata, pitta, Kapha) the three elements which balance in good health and any imbalance leads to diseases! Most Indian houses adapt to simple home remedies and treat common diseases with minimal ingredients found in our masala
Ayurveda is an age old way of treating ailments with herbs, roots, and other natural resources available. Ayurvedic way of treating depends on the doshas (Vata, pitta, Kapha) the three elements which balance in good health and any imbalance leads to diseases! Most Indian houses adapt to simple home remedies and treat common diseases with minimal ingredients found in our masala dabbas and these shops (Grandhige Angadi) which sell the roots and seeds used in ayurvedic treatments.
I am used to and still use lot of things from my kitchen pantry as my medicines to deal with common cold, cough, headaches and tend to understand the way my body feels and adapt it in my food habits. As I wouldn't drink lot of water, my mom always made sure I ate lot of fruits and vegetables which had lot of water content in it, she always made loads of salads for us to enjoy when we came back from school and still today I enjoy these salads which have minimal ingredients and still tastes awesome.
Watermelon and Tomato salad ( Juicy Tomatoes and sweet Watermelon in a mild spice and sweet dressing)
Cuisine : Indian
Recipe Type : Salad
Prep time : 10 minutes
Cook time : None
Serves : 4
Shelf time : Best served fresh or chill can chill and serve
Recipe Author: Jayasri
3 Cups of chopped Watermelon
1 to 2 cups of Tomatoes
2 tbsp of Sugar / honey / maple syrup depending on sweetness*
1/2 tsp salt as required*
1 to 2 tsp Black Pepper crushed coarsely as required
1 or 2 tbsp of Mint leaves (optional)
Chop Watermelon into cubes using just the red portion of it, try and deseed as much as possible too much into it will give out a lot of juice and makes the fruit crumbled or mushy!
I have used assorted Tomatoes as I get it here, But you can just fresh juicy tomatoes which you can find in Indian markets.
I have used sugar here with salt and pepper (check my notes)
Take the fruits in a bowl toss them with the spices listed, serve it fresh or serve it chilled.
You can add mint if desired.
You can serve it as an Accompaniment or just as a salad
You can use only sugar or only salt and pepper
It was important to use salt and pepper during summer as watermelon sometimes would cause cold to some people, Black Pepper has heat in it ( In ayurveda black pepper wards of cold) helps in warding off cold.
You can even add Yogurt/ Curds and enjoy it.
Enjoy this really delicious summer salad, It not only keeps you hydrated and makes you feel fresh.