Spicy Warm Salad

By Vaidehi Mody on Pre-Diwali Potluck, Mumbai


  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup cut french beans
  • 1/2 cup carrot roundels
  • 1/2 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup green capsicum julians
  • 1 large red tomato.
  • 1 cup boiled chickpeas

Spicy Peanut Dressing

  • 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup tamarind pulp
  • 3 pieces of garlic
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp date paste
  • salt to taste


Lightly steam cauliflower, carrots, french beans. Chop the tomato, capsicum and thinly slice the mushrooms.

For dressing, soak the tamarind in hot water for 30 minutes and take out the pulp. Add the rest of the ingredients. Grind all the ingredients together with little water. Later add more water as per the consistency desired for the dressing.

Take a large bowl and assemble all the veggies. Pour the peanut dressing enough to thickly coat the vegetables. Please take 2 to 3 cups of any salad leaves, like lettuce and tear them with your hands. Add the chickpeas to the salad and serve it with oodles of love.

Serves 5-6