As I was grating this, Alan came into the kitchen .."Oh rice?", He asked.
"Cheese?" he said hopefully.
Not even close and no cigar.
"Cauliflower.", I said.
"Cauliflower", all the enthusiasm was gone.
"There's peanut powder", I said.
Alan was happy. The one thing I've learned about men and dogs, they'll eat anything with peanut flavor on it.
I love the "no cook" South Indian salads that I've been making lately, especially now that the warm weather has returned and the tent is up on the deck for dining al fresco. The Salads Of India cookbook that Paula Wolfert gave me for my birthday has been fun to work with. What's not to like about a dish that makes up fast and easy, involves little to no cooking and contains coconut and my new favorite food crack, peanut powder!
A couple of weeks ago when Paula came to dinner, the local market wanted $3.99 for a single cauliflower! Imagine my surprise when two days ago the same organic cauliflower was 99 cents!!!! 99 cents! My favorite price for anything edible.
For 99 cents if I don't already like it, I'll learn to like it!
The Big Cauliflower Sale was the perfect excuse to try a Raw Cauliflower Salad With Peanut Powder and Coconut.
This salad involves about 5 minutes of cooking, and I can't really call it cooking as it's more like light steaming. If someone in your house doesn't like cauliflower just ask them if they like peanut butter? If they do, this salad will be a winner for them.
Here's how you do it.
Clean and cut up a large cauliflower. Grate it in a food processor.
You will need 4 cups of grated cauliflower.
Put the grated cauliflower in a covered skillet or kadhai along with 6 or 8 Tbs of water and heat it, steaming it gently for about 10 minutes.
When the cauliflower has been steamed, set it aside and bring it to room temperature.
When the cauliflower has cooled off, add in:
3 tsp. chopped and seeded fresh green chili
6 Tbs of peanut powder
4 Tbs of grated unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of sugar
2 tsp of lemon juice
Mix it well.
Finally, toss in about 3 Tbs of chopped fresh cilantro and serve.
We've got one more week before my 1st Blogiversry Giveaway!
About my Giveaway
As I mentioned before, our 1st Blogiversary is approaching and the people at Early Morning Pottery have given me 2 of their wonderful ceramic Chicken Cookers, and 1 set of Game Hen Cookers to give away in celebration. The rules are simple:
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Winners will be chose at random on June 14th .