Yellow Moong Salad . image5 Ingredients recipe with Zero oil and no dressing salad . Doesn’t need any Cooking. Preparation time : 10 Minutes .

Sometimes I feel like eating Salad for Lunch which are Cool and satisfying on No mood Cooking days . It will take time to Chew , so you will feel satisfied and won’t crave till Dinner time. You will experience different tastes in every Bite. What I like about  this Salad is , it has everything except Salad dressing. Salads are   light and refreshing on hot  Summer days. Yellow Moong Dal salad is usually prepared during festival times without Vegetables and  doesn’t require cooking. I added Vegetables and fruits for the color, contrast and nutrition. The ingredients look  simple but you will love the combination of Moong dal with Coconut , vegetables , fruits and little spicy taste from Green chillies and ginger in every bite. Don’t forget to add herbs for refreshing flavor . Season with freshly grounded Black pepper and Italian Seasoning is a perfect ending for the Salad. If you have left overs refrigerate without seasoning with Salt. Stays good for  2 to 3 days. Note : Don’t skip Coconut and Clementine , perfect combination for salad. 

Recipe for 2 People .


1. Yellow Moong Dal – 1/2 Cup ( raw )

2. Dry or fresh Coconut – 1/4 th Cup

3. Salad Cucumber – 1 ( Chopped)

4. Color Bell Peppers – 1/2 Cup( Chopped)  and Grated Carrot – 1/2 cup

5. Clementine – 2

6. Green Chillies – 2 ( Chopped)

7. Ginger – 2 tbsp.

8. Finely chopped Coriander Leaves and Mint leaves

9. Salt to taste and Freshly grinded Black Pepper .

10 .Italian seasoning – 1 tbsp.


1. Soak Yellow Moong Dal for 30 minutes. Wash before and after soaking . Drain out all water.

2. Transfer Moong Dal to a bowl . Mix with finely chopped Cucumber , Bell Peppers , Coconut , Clementines , Chopped green Chillies , ginger, Finely Chopped Coriander and Mint leaves.

3. Season with Salt , freshly grinded Black pepper , Italian Seasoning. Mix well .


Salad for Lunch img_1021Wheat Berry Salad with Fruit dressing.

Wheat Berry is an entire Kernel composed of bran , germ and endosperm. All wheat products such as Wheat flour are made from Wheat Berries. Wheat Berries are chewy in texture, Sweet and Nutty in taste. It holds shape even after Cooking. For fast cooking Soak Wheat Berries and Black eyed Beans whole night and Pressure cook . Once cooked you can refrigerate and add to your Salads, soups and enjoy as a meal by adding some vegetables and Beans. Dried Wheat berries can last for many years if stored in air tight container and in cool dark place. Wheat Berries are full of fiber , Protein , Vitamins and nutrients such as Iron , Calcium , Vitamin B , folate and Potassium. If you want to stay strong and Healthy and want to get more nutrition choose Organic. Organic foods help to increase the nutrient intake of people who don’t eat the recommended 5 serving of fruits and Vegetables a day.Source: Health Magazines.

Wheat Berry salad is a tasty and nutritional food choice.

Recipe for 2 People .


1. Wheat Berries – 1/4 th Cup

2. Black Eyed Peas- 1/4 th Cup Dry

3. Salad Cucumber – 1/2 Cup ( Chopped)

4. Chopped  Red Onion – 1/4 th Cup or Shallots

5. Green Bell Pepper or any other Colored Peppers – 1/4 th Cup

6.  Roma Tomatoes – 1 /2 Cup Diced

7. Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves

8. Salt to taste

9. Italain Seasoning – 1 tbsp.

10 . Juice of Lime – 1/2

11. Freshly ground Black Pepper

12. Crushed Grapes – 1/2 Cup

13. Dijon Mustard 

14. Oil – 2 tbsp.


1. Soak Wheat Berries and Black eyed Beans Overnight . Wash 3 to4 times and Pressure cook with little Salt and water for 2 to 3 Whistles. Once Pressure comes down , drain out water if any left and cool before mixing with Vegetables.

2. For dressing mix Half Juice of Lime with little Salt , Oil ,  Freshly grounded Black Pepper,  Dijon Mustard , Chopped Coriander leaves , Crushed Grapes and Italian Seasoning .

3. In a bowl  mix Wheat Berries, Black eyed Beans  with Onions, Bell Pepper , Tomatoes, Salad Cucumber, Grapes and Dressing. Check for Salt and Spices and adjust accordingly .

NOTE : You can add Pickled Green Chillies  and Roasted Cumin Powder  for Extra flavor and taste.



WEEKEND LUNCH – BREAD SAMOSA( Makeover for traditional recipe) /Kids Lunch Box / Kids summer Lunch.img_0543Taste good with less work , served   with Homemade Green Chilli Pickle and  Ripe mango Moong Dal Salad .

Samosa is a popular street food of India which is deep fried with Spicy Potato filling that has Crispy and Outer flaky layer made with APF flour or Wheat flour served with Green Chutney and Sweet Chutney as an afternoon snack / appetizer / Tea time snack .

For today’s recipe I made a little change for Outer Covering . Instead of Using APF flour or Wheat flour I have used Bread as Outer covering believing shortcut to innovative dish is not to spend hours in Kitchen . I never tried samosa at home because of all the work . We enjoy this famous snack at restaurants /Movie theater . This week I decided to prepare at home by giving make over to the traditional dish . Believe me it tasted so good. The outer covering is Crispy like the traditional Samosa . The filling is very tasty prepared with Cooked Potato , green peas , Bell pepper and for flavor I added Ginger garlic paste and seasoned with Curry powder. For tanginess I added mango powder . While Samosa’s are traditionally fried I preferred to Pan fry Bread Samosa . No compromise in taste.

Serve these Snacks with Homemade Green chilli Pickle which is not Spicy and can be prepared in no time. As I planned for Weekend Lunch I Soaked  Moong Dal  to prepare salad with Ripe mango . Perfect combination for Bread Samosa.

Recipe for GREEN CHILLI PICKLE : Stays GOOD for more than a week. No need to add any Oil to this Pickle .img_0544

Dry roast 2 tbsp. Coriander seeds, 2 tbsp. Cumin seeds , 1 tbsp. Fenugreek seeds , 2 tbsp. Mustard seeds, Fennel seeds . Cool the Spices and grind with little Salt  in a Coffee Grinder .

Mix with Pinch of hing , Turmeric 1/4 th tbsp. and Squeeze Juice of Lime . To this Mixture add Chopped Green Chillies( 10) . Mix well . Store in a Clean jar and refrigerate .

RECIPE for MOONG DAL SALADimg_0537 with RIPE MANGO  and Cucumber :  

1.  Soak Half Cup Green Whole Moong Dal overnight . Wash and Microwave for 4 to 5 Minutes . For every One minute take out from Microwave and mix with Spoon or Pressure Cook for One or two Whistles with very little water and Salt.

2. Cool the Green Moong Dal . Heat 2 tbsp. Oil and add 1 tbsp. Mustard seeds , 1 tbsp. Cumin seeds , Green Chillies ( 2 to 3 ) , Ginger – 2 tbsp.( Chopped) , Curry leaves .

3. Switch off the stove and add Cooked green Moong Dal , 1/4 th Cup Fresh Coconut and Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves

4. Check for Salt and adjust accordingly and Season with Freshly grounded Black Pepper and Italian Seasoning.

5. Add finely Chopped SALAD CUCUMBER  and RIPE  MANGO PIECES before SERVING.



1. Heat 2 tbsp. Oil and Saute Onions – 1/2 Cup , Green Bell Pepper 1/2 Cup with 1 tbsp. Cumin seeds , little salt , Turmeric 1/4 th tbsp. and Curry Leaves .

2. Once onions are Brown add 1 tbsp. ginger Garlic Paste and fry for Couple of Minutes .

3. Add Cooked and Mashed Potatoes (3) and 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas , 1 tbsp. Curry Powder , 1 tbsp. Mango Powder and finely Chopped Coriander Leaves .

                                    Check for salt and adjust accordingly .


1. Drizzle Water on  6 Bread Slices and press between your Hands .

2. Divide the Potato filling into 6 equal portions.

3. Place the Potato filling on the edges of Bread and fold in triangle and seal the edges with wet FINGERS.

4. Heat Pan and drizzle some Oil and Pan fry the Bread Samosa on both sides . You can fry 3 at a time . Cook on Medium Heat .

                               5. SERVE with HOMEMADE GREEN CHILLIE PICKLE and RIPE  MANGO MOONG DAL SALAD .




Barley Salad . img_0382Salad for Lunch with Light Dressing ( Complete Meal)

Sometimes I like to eat just Salad for Lunch with Grains , Protein , vegetables , Light and tasty dressing which is filling and delicious at the same time. Today’s Salad recipe is different from other Salad recipes I have shared because of the Wonder Grain Barley . It is a wonderful versatile grain with Chewy texture like Pasta and  taste delicious  in Soups , Stews and Salads . It is healthy , nutritious with lots of fiber. Fiber in Barley provides food for the beneficial bacteria in large intestine and crowd out disease causing bacteria in large intestine and helps in Healthy digestive tract . Barley comes in two forms Hulled and Pearl . Hulled Barley is considered as Whole grain which has tough inedible outer most hull removed but still retains its Bran and endosperm layer. Pearl Barley has been polished to remove Bran and less chewy , Cooks faster and is not considered as Whole Grain . This Salad is perfect for Holiday feasts. Gorgeous combination on your plate with protein veggie packed salad keeps you full satisfied and filled with nutritional goodness.

I also added Chickpeas for Protein instead of Cheese and Vegetables for Fiber . I like Cucumber in Salads which has 96 percent Water content and helps in keeping the body hydrated and regulates Body temperature. I whisked up light dressing with Orange Juice , Mustard , Honey and Seasoned with Salt which brings flavor and enhances the tastes of food.

                 When it comes to Black pepper , I love the light spicy taste of freshly grounded Black Pepper in Soups , Salads , rice dishes and with lentils .It not only brings flavor and taste to food but gives a spicy bite and it is a basic ingredient in my Salad recipes .Honey can be a natural cure when it comes to Pesky Colds and Cough . According to 2012 study published in Pediatric Journal a persistent Cough that wont go away can easily remedied with Honey . The Golden liquid thick Consistency helps Coat the throat and the Sweet taste is believed not  to trigger never ending Cough.

Mustard the Condiment was originally prepared by making the ground seeds into a Paste . You have to try this Orange Honey Mustard dressing with little Spicy from mustard and sweet taste from Golden Honey which has a good balance of Sweet and acidic from Orange juice. Add freshly grounded Italian seasoning before you serve is a combination of Oregano , Basil , Marjoram , thyme , Parsley  and rosemary can add extra flavor , taste and promotes Healthy digestion.       Source :  Health Magazines . This SALAD is perfect for any meal . GORGEOUS combination on your plate with Protein Veggie packed salad keeps you full , satisfied and filled with nutritional goodness. 

Recipe for 2 People .

Preparation and Cooking time : Less than 30 Minutes


1. Barley – 1/2 Cup ( Cooked)

2. Chickpeas – 1 Cup ( Cooked)

3. Salad Cucumber – 1

4. Roma tomato( 1)  or Cherry tomato’s – 10 ( Halved)

5. Pearl Onions – 7 ( Minced)

6. Bell Peppers – 1/4 th Cup

7. Cabbage – 1/2 Cup ( Chopped)

8. Pickled Green Chillies or Regular – 2

9. Fresh Mint – 3 tbsp.

10 . Finely Chopped Coriander leaves 

 ORANGE HONEY MUSTARD  DRESSING : Whisk together 1/4 th Cup Orange juice with  1 tbsp. Mustard ,  2 tbsp. Honey and Season with Salt and Freshly grounded Black Pepper .

11. Italian Seasoning – 1 tbsp.

METHOD :img_0380

1. Soak Chickpeas and Barley Overnight . Wash before and after Soaking and Pressure Cook with 1/4 th glass water and little Salt for 3 Whistles . When Pressure Comes down transfer Chickpeas and Barley to a Bowl . ( No water will be left to drain out.) . Cool them before combining with Vegetables and dressing.

2.  Combine Salad Cucumber , minced Pearl Onions , Cabbage , tomatoes , Bell Pepper , Green Chillies , Mint and CORIANDER Leaves in a Bowl . Add Cooked Barley and Chickpeas too .

   3. Toss the Salad with dressing. Check for the Seasoning and adjust accordingly . Finally season with freshly grounded Italian Seasoning.

Enjoy it for Lunch / Dinner as a Complete Meal.




Pasta Salad for Lunch /DinnerIMG_2010 with No Oil Dressing.

Recipe for 2 People .

Preparation and Cooking Time less than 30 Minutes.

Check the Recipe how to Cook Pasta quickly.


1. Cooked Pasta – 1 cup

2. Cooked Chickpeas – 1/2 cup

3. Boiled Potato – 1 ( Cubed)

4. Tomato – 1/2 cup ( Finely Chopped)

5. Onion – 1/4 th Cup ( Finely Chopped )

6. Green Bell Pepper – 1/4 th Cup

7. Salad Cucumber – 1/2 Cup ( Chopped)

8.Raisins – 1/4 th Cup

9. Roasted Peanuts or Cashewnuts – Handful

10 .Finely Chopped Coriander

SALAD DRESSING : Mix Salt , Black Pepper , Roasted Cumin Powder , Mustard sauce , Chaat Masala with Lime Juice .


Pressure Cook Pasta , Chickpeas and Potato. Cover with enough Water and Little Salt . For 2  Whistles. When Pressure Comes down drain out all the excess water and Cool Pasta, Chickpeas and Potato before adding other Ingredients.

                                      Once Pasta is Cooled Mix Onions, Cucumber, Tomato , Green Bell Pepper, Raisins, Roasted Peanuts or Cashews , Finely Chopped Coriander leaves and Salad Dressing.

NOTE : If you want Crunch to your Salad Pan fry ChickPeas, Potato and Pasta with little Oil .


Black eyed Bean Grape Salad.IMG_1960 with Zero Oil and Salt .Except Cooked Black eyed Beans with Little Salt.

Recipe for 2 People.

Preparation and Cooking Time : Less than 30 Minutes.


1. Black eyed Beans – 1/2 Cup ( Cooked)

2. Grapes – 20 ( Cut into Half)

3. Cabbbage – 1/2 Cup ( Finely Chopped)

4. Green Capsicum or Green Bell Pepper – 1/4 th Cup

5. Grated Carrots – 20 ( Baby Carrots)

6. Pistachios – Hand ful

7 . Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves

8. DRESSING : Crush 10 to 15 Grapes and add Freshly grounded Black Pepper , Roasted Cumin Powder and Honey .


Soak 1/4 th Cup Black eyed Beans and Pressure Cook with Enough Water and Little Salt. 

                              Cool them and Mix with Sliced Grapes, Cabbage , Green Bell Pepper, Grated Carrot , Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves and Salad Dressing. Mix well and top it with Pistachios.