A Simple Salad With Rice Or Chappatis For Dinner On A Hot Summer Night

Making the salad was my job, really. Ma, being a full time working person, would often reach home after 9 pm. By then, my sister would have laid out the table, our father would have filled up the water glasses. And my little brother, would be wandering around, asking,''So, What's for dinner today, Mona?''

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Bidisha Gupta's Secret Indian Recipe !
Serves: 
4

Preparation Time: 
15 mins
Cooking Time: 
20 mins

Complexity: 
Very Easy


Ingredients: 
4/5 Soft cucumbers, medium size
1 or 2 Onions as per preference
1 or 2 Tomatoes as per preference
1 Carrot
1/4 of a Cabbage
1/2 a Lemon, A handful of Coriander Leaves, Salt, Sugar, Green Chillies /Crushed Pepper to taste
Directions: 
Put all your veggies into a tumbler of warm water & soak them for 10 mins. Wash them well, scrub the surfaces for any unwanted sticklers from our markets. Put them into one or a few baskets for the water to drip off them.
Cut the 2 sides of the cucumbers, take out the bitter gum, & wash them again. Peel off the skin. Chop off your cucumbers into small square pieces.
Next, take your tomatoes, & chop them into small square pieces. Peel off your onions, & squeeze some lemon juice over them. Peel off the rough surface of your carrot; take a grater, & grate the carrot in it, so that it comes out as feather light,flaky pieces. U use the grater to shred your cabbage piece too.
By now, your onions will have softened a little, & u can quickly chop them up into tiny square pieces.
Now,take a round or oval salad bowl, pour your chopped veggies into it. Put salt to taste. I sometimes add a spoonful of sugar or sugar free powder in half a cup of warm water, & pour it into the mix. Next, u can take a green chilli, take out its seeds & chop it up & put it into your veggy mix. I like to add crushed pepper instead of green chilli, at times, just to have a different aroma.
U mix & mix & mix & mix, but u do it gently. Don't hurt the tiny veggy pieces when u mix them. Once it looks well mixed, u sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves on it.
And voila! Your simple salad is ready to eat. You can have a bowl of dal to go with it. And both rice & chapattis taste great with Dal & Salad, on our very familiar, hot & sultry Indian summer nights :)
Watch out for the best Dal to go with this salad, for dinner! Be right back! Please leave your comments, innovations, ideas below. Let me know if u liked making, serving & eating this simple Indian salad! Bon Appetite!