A COOL SUMMER SALAD 

“How strange it is: We wish to wear high brands but we feel most comfortable in pajamas. We wish to sit in Taj and Marriot with elite people but we enjoy road side tea with friends and people we love. We wish to own big cars and go on long drives, yet we talk our heart out only while walking down a long road. We have 64GB ipod filled with songs but sometimes a song on radio brings a smile that cannot be compared.” –Ratan Tata.

So true!

I think of this all the time when ever I am in my most comfortable worn out, ill fit 15 year old pajamas which I refuse to throw them as they super cosy and too many sentiments attached to it. 

Whenever I have a snack on a road side shack with friends or family. The scene at the road side stall is always like this, I take up a bench in a corner, where else my husband is always the one ordering the food, talking to the owners, asking too many curious questions and rushing to and fro with the hot snacks. We have our roles defined, he will be always chatting up with the people around us, maybe because he has a constant need to connect to people and talk, where else I have a curious need to observe them.  

I love taking long walks specially in the monsoons, I long for the walks I use to take before I got pregnant. It is really fun to take a walk in the Indian rains as you don’t feel cold or chilly, all you need to learn is to ignore the puddles on the road or not mind the spashes by the on going cars. The walks in the rains feel like a cooling spray on the face. Oh! Just writing this I can imagine the water hitting my face and the smell of the wet mud. 

I recently remember the joy I felt when I heard an old song on the radio from the  movie Padosan called ‘eek chatur nar’, I came in such form, I was actually singing in the funny south indian dialect nasal voice and my son could not stop laughing, yes! that smile cannot be compared.

Sharing a simple recipe which I make when I want to eat a quick lunch, I make in ahead and chill it. It is very cooling to eat this cold salad in our Indian summers. 

As I long for the monsoon rains which are atleast 2 months away, seems so far away, I do what ever I can to keep our selves cool.

Recipe:

Serves 2

Ingredients 

3 potatoes peeled, boiled and cut into cubes.

1 onion finely chopped

1 cup of sweet corn kennels boiled 

1 cup green peas boiled

1 and half cup thick curds

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp pepper lemon powder (optional)

Basil to garnish

Salt to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Garnish with basil and chill in refrigerator for few hours.  

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