Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Almost Mediterranean salad platter

Simply love Mediterranean food, what more to ask for a low calorie platter which has your favourites.
You could choose from a variety of dressings and sides on your platter.
I call this a Almost Mediterranean salad platter because i have substituted a lot of ingredients but kept the theme and flavors Mediterranean.

My version has....
Falafel's Turnovers (No fry Falafel)
Spiced Tofu (Used this instead of feta)
Red rice and chickpea salad (Used Red rice instead of Bulgar wheat)
Hummus (Made a low calorie version by reducing the oil content)
Baba Ghanoush
Olives & Jalapenos

 Falafel turnovers
1 can chickpea
1/2 onion
2-3 tbs rice flour
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp tahini paste (i used sesame oil instead)
salt to taste
Few drops of sesame oil
Green chilies (as per your taste)

Grind the above ingredients in a food processor with no water.
Heat a non-stick pan on medium flame and spread the mix and cook on slow flame on both sides until cooked.
If you wish u could add a few drops of oil to cook it a little more crisp.
Sprinkle with red pepper.

Spiced Tofu
1 Block firm tofu
Yogurt dressing for the marinade.
Parsley for garnishing

Cut the tofu into desired size pieces and marinade them in the yogurt dressing for about a hour or more.
Garnish with parsley and red pepper

Red Rice and Chickpea Salad
1 cup cooked Red rice **
1 can Chickpea
1/2 red onion chopped
1/4th cup chopped Black olives
1/4th cup chopped Green olives
1/4 cup Yogurt dressing
Red pepper

Mix all the above ingredients and toss well. Adjust spice and salts according to your taste

Yogurt Dressing
2 cups whisked yogurt
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp Garlic powder
Few springs Chopped Mint
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
Black Pepper

You can find the recipe here.

Baba Ghanoush
You can find the recipe here.

Assemble the above things on a platter. Chill and serve.

**Note- You can use Couscous, Bulgar Wheat, Brown Rice - Instead of Red Rice.

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1 comment:

  1. Have been wanting to use red rice since long...nice option!..love the soo many ingredients in the salad..perfect and satisfying meal:)