Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Grain, lentils and pickled vegetable Salad

Grain and Lentil Salad

Aren't healthy salads a treat when they taste good too? Here is one with mixed grains, like Lentil, quinoa, wild rice, bulgur wheat, 

In a pan heat 3 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 cup each of 
brown lentils
bulgur  or cracked wheat
wild rice

Mix well and add 6 cups of meat broth or chicken stock.

Add to the pot
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ras el hanout
1 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp freshly crushed garlic

Bring everything to a boil and lower the heat. Allow to cook through. Once the liquid has evaporated, cover and steam for another 20 minutes.

Over turn all the grains on to flat cook sheets and allow to cool.

Squeeze fresh lemon all over.

Before serving assemble it with

A cup each of your 3 favourite pickled vegetable

red pepper
Keep approximately 1/2 cup of liquid from these, like the oil and vinegar

Also add

2 cups of your favourite piece of cooked meat in squares; like sausage 

1 cup broken pecan or walnuts

Sprinkle all over

1 cup finely chopped herbs like mint, parsley, corriander etc.

1 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

1 cup crisply fried onions


1 cup kalamata olives
1 cup artichoke


The idea is to keep the cooked grains whole and not mashed up. Keep it moist and glistening with olive oil. Taste for salt.

The different choices are to give it the perfect taste, texture and colour.

Add your favourites to make it perfect.

For my recipes from the Parsi Food collection The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine is now available.

For more delicious salads and recipes

Niloufer's Kitchen : Moroccan Cuisine http://amzn.to/NKMoroccan

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