Showing posts with label Mediterranean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mediterranean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mediterranean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mediterranean. Show all posts

Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh is made using Bulgar. Bulgar is broken wheat that has been partially cooked. It’s an ingredient  used in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Tabbouleh is a very versatile salad. This simple and takes very little time to make.
This is  great potluck and summer picnic side-dish. 
I have paired this Tabbouleh Salad with Heart Salmon Cakes. This also makes a perfect combo with Seafood, Grilled Meat/ Chicken or Seekh Kebabs, wraps, or grilled veggies and almost any thing you wish.
For the Bulgur
½ Cup Bulgur
1 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Other Ingredients

½ Cup Parsley - finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Mint Leaves - torn
2 Cucumbers - chopped
10 - 12 Cherry Tomatoes - chopped
1 Medium Red onion - finely chopped
1 Cup Pomegranate seeds
A few Romaine Lettuce - chopped
A Few Basil Leaves - torn
For the Dressing

A Juice of one big  Lemon
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Salt or  to taste
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper


For the Bulgur
In a sauce pan add the water and Bulgar, season the water with salt, pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Bring it to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or till Bulgar is cooked through. When cooked take it off flame and fluff it with a fork. Leave at room temperature or in the refrigerator for two to three hours, so that the Bulgar can continue to absorb any extra liquid and swell.

For the Dressing

In a small glass jar or a bowl, combine lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake well to combine all the ingredients.
To Assemble

 In a large mixing bowl, add Bulgar ,onions, tomatoes, cucumber, half of the herbs and pomegranate seeds. 

Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Keep this in the refrigerator to chill.  
Spoon the  salad on to a serving bowl garnish with  remaining herbs, pomegranate seeds and  chopped cherry tomatoes. Serve and enjoy.

My Notes

You can keep tabbouleh refrigerated in a tight-lid container for 2 days or so. It’s important to try and drain some of the juice out before refrigerating leftover.

Labels : Main Course, Salads, Side Dish,  Mediterranean, Vegan

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Mediterranean Fish En Papillote #FishFridayFoodie

French refer to parchment paper cooking as En Papillote means "In Paper". This method of cooking is healthy and cuts down the amount of fat / calories in the dish.  In this method the fish is place on a parchment paper and then folded and sealed. This is baked and hence the fish is juicy and tasty too.

Serves 1

165 Grams fillet of white fish - I used Surmai
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper powder
1/4 Teaspoon Red Chilly Flakes
1 Clove of garlic - grated
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Tomato - Cut into thick roundel
1 Lemon - cut into roundel
1 Small Onion - Cut into thick roundel
1/4 of a Green Capsicum - Cut into thick roundel
2 Teaspoons Olives - sliced
2 Teaspoons Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees . 

Take a 20-inch long piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil (foil is actually easier to use. So use it if you don’t have parchment), fold it in half, unfold, and place it on a foiled baking tray.

Wash and pat dry the fish fillet with a kitchen towel.Feel the fish on all sides and check to see if any thorns are still in it, remove them.  Score the fish with a knife lightly and then season it with salt, pepper, chilly flakes, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Keep it aside for at least 15 minutes.

Place 3 slices of lemon on the on right side of the parchment paper, then lay the seasoned 
fish fillet on it. Place the tomato slices on the fish, and then the onions, lime pieces, capsicum, scatter the olives. Pour the remaining seasoning on top of the veggies. 

Now, seal up the pouch.  Fold the parchment over on top of the fish. Starting at the top inner corner, fold and crimp the edges approximately every quarter-inch, until you’ve created a half-moon. Be sure the folds are well-creased, to keep the steam from pushing the pouch open in the oven.  I used beaten egg to seal the sides.  Brush the crimped edges with the egg wash well ( this will prevent the steam from pushing the pouch open).

Bake for  15 minutes. After 15 minutes place on broil at 200 degrees for 5 minutes.  Take the tray out of the oven. Slide the packet onto the plate, let it cool for 5 minutes then with a scissor make a cut on top let the steam escape and then tear it open fully. Serve and enjoy this healthy, light and juicy Mediterranean Fish En Papillote .

Sending this to Fish Friday Foodies - Host of the month Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories, theme  En Papillote. Thank you Karen for choosing such a healthy method of cooking. Enjoyed making and also eating Fish En Papillote for my lunch.

Labels :  Fish, Continental Cuisine, Healthy,Baked, Fish Friday,  Seafood/Fish, Mediterranean, Fish En Papillote, Parchment paper, Surmai Fish

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Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup


1/4 Cup Red lentils ( Masoor dal)
1/4 Cup Rice
1 Medium Onion - chopped
1/2 Cup Carrot - diced
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/4 Teaspoon Cumin powder
1/4  Teaspoon Coriander powder
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper powder
1 Teaspoon Olive oil or Butter
4 Cups Water
1 Tablespoon  Parsley  - finely chopped
A teaspoon  lemon juice


In a large pot add water, lentil, rice, cook on low heat for till the rice and lentils are cooked and soft.  Remove the scumb that comes on to the surface and then add the turmeric, salt, boil again for few minutes.  In another saucepan on medium heat, add the olive oil, onions and saute till brown. Next, add the carrots to the onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander and pepper powder, let it simmer on very low flame for 15 minutes. Adjust the consistency of the soup .

Serve hot with parsley ( I used dried parsley) on top and lemon juice. 

I sprinkled a pinch of cayenne pepper on the soup for a punch.  It tasted awesome.

Sending this to Mireille's, challenge cooking with seeds and linking it to Priya.

Labels: Cooking with seeds, Healthy, Continental Cuisine, Soup, Masoor dal, Vegan, Mediterranean, Red Lentil Soup, Gluten free

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