Summer I feel is like an unwanted guest. We want the sun in winters but when sun shows its might we feel scorched,parched and basically mad. But look at the positives, it is the time for getting a shorter haircut (my daughter got), get summer clothes (is my H listening) , trendy up yourself to show off your fit sleeveless arms and wait more important ..
Runaway from kitchen!
The sun helps us to avoid being in the kitchen more than just necessary. While people are cautioned about about the diseases the changing climate or scorching sun gives us, I am more interested in making cool quick desserts and salads and cold soups and going out and sleep more now that the schools are closed.And going out to cooler locales.
Now don't think about hillstations.
Anything with an airconditioner is ok. The Bangalore sun is getting harsher day by day. I am happy to sit inside a/c room with iced deserts in hand.
Anyway rather than continuing this silly monologue lets see the refreshing cucumber,chickpea and pomegranate salad. Its supposed to be a Spanish style salad very colourful and served during Thanksgiving. I can have it anytime.
Kabuli chana/White Chickpeas: 1/4 -1/2 cup presoaked and cooked.
Pomegranate: 1 medium to big size deseeded
Cucumber: 2 medium sized lightly peeled & chopped into small pieces
Garlic Clove: 2 small minced ( I used only 1)
Fresh Basil: handful chopped
Red Wine Vinegar: 1tbsp
Olive Oil: 2 tbsp
Salt: as per taste
Mix together the ingredients of chickpeas,pomegranate, cucumber, garlic and basil. Drizzle in vinegar and oil. Add & adjust salt and toss well.
The taste improves on sitting.A refreshing salad this is. The tangy dressing is apt for the comforting chickpeas,refreshing pomegranates, crunchy cucumber and wow basil.
Simple, Comforting & Summery.