One Wednesday a month on Women Behind the Scenes, we’ll be sharing a new recipe, complete with ingredients, instructions, and even some extra tid bits like stories about what country the recipe comes from, when or why we started making it, or a photo or two from our kitchens. We hope you enjoy as we open our homes and kitchens and share some of our unique dishes!
This week’s recipe comes to you from North India.
If any of you have ever had Indian food, you know that it is VERY spicy and full of favor. It is very common to serve plain yogurt with your food here to help soothe your stomach from the spiciness. I must admit…I didn’t like plain yogurt in the states, but I have grown to LOVE it here because of this recipe, Cucumber Salad.
When we first arrived our stomachs had a little bit of a hard time adjusting to the food. We spent a lot of time in the bathroom (I know…TMI) and we needed to find a way to deal with it. My friend suggested for us to eat more yogurts and told me about this recipe, Cucumber Salad. We tried it the next day and fell in love. We have also been served it when we visited a friend in a village and it was amazing there too. Each person adds different things to the recipe, which makes it good and interesting each time you eat it.
2 Cucumbers, diced
3 Roma Tomatoes, diced
2 Green Chilis, diced (if you do not like spice, do not add any)
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups of Plain Yogurt
½ tsp. salt
Dash of Black Pepper
Combine all the ingredients and mix together with your hand. Feel free to smash up the tomatoes in the process. This will add some juice to the salad. If you feel like it is thick, you can add a tablespoon of water, one at a time, until you reach the desire consistency.
Allow your kids to mix the salad by hand…they will LOVE working with you in the kitchen. Just make sure they wash their hands really good after they are done because of the green chilis.
Hope you enjoy a little taste of India!