Pickled Jicama

Jicama is not a cheap vegetable, but boy it is good, and one Jicama will often make 2 or 3 dishes. A couple of salads for example. Or just eat it on its own with salt and lime juice.

The jicama I picked up today from the local Asian Grocery is young and beautiful. It must be the beginning of the Jicama season. Never choose one that is wrinkled, damaged, with mouldy or sunken spots. Ewk!

This recipe is a quickish pickle that will sit in the fridge easily for a week or more. So just adjust the recipe to the amount that you think you will eat in that time.

Try these other Jicama recipes: Jicama and Green Mango Salad, Jicama with Coconut Milk, or Jicama Sticks with Spices.

Are you after other interesting pickles? Try Pickled Lemons, Pickled Quinces, and Cumquat Pickles.

All of our Jicama recipes are here, and all of the Pickle recipes here. Or take some time to explore our Late Summer recipes.

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Glazed 5-Spice Tofu Salad with Cucumbers and Radishes

Goodness, the beautiful salads keep on coming. Summer is made for salads – it is a season where little cooking is required. Thank goodness – all the more time to enjoy the long sunny days, the beautiful weather and of course, the beach.

We have eaten more Tofu on the past 6 months than in the past 6 years, I believe. We have the fabulous close-by S.E. Asian supermarket to blame with its endless variety of tofu, packaged and fresh. It is made into salads, dropped into broths, deep fried, and the flavoured ones eaten as-is quite often for a snack.

Today, we are using Five Spiced Tofu, although smoked tofu could be used if you can find it. Or smoke your own! In this salad, we glaze the tofu in a mixture of orange juice and honey – I have used Barley Malt too, so any sweet, syrupy, honey-like pantry item will be suitable.

Some similar recipes include: Black Pepper Tofu, Tofu and Chilli Salad and Tofu Stacks with Sesame and Spinach. And Tofu with a Peanut Sauce is pretty good too. All of our Tofu Salads are here. We also have other Tofu recipes – they are here.

Have a look at our Cucumber Salads, Radish Salads, and also our Bittman Salads. Or simply spend some leisurely time browsing our Mid Summer Dishes.

Feel free to browse our other Tofu recipes too. All of our Salads are here.

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Asian Lightly Pickled Cucumber and Tofu Salad

Parts of Asia, from China to Thailand and Singapore, even Bali, have amazing salads of the freshest of vegetables with handfuls of herbs. This salad celebrates that tradition, with ingredients from Japan, China and S.E. Asia. It is a bit of work, truth be told, but it makes such a great salad to take to a large gathering, BBQ or picnic. Not quite a Buddha’s Salad, it is so dynamic it is also wonderful eaten on its own as a course, or a light lunch, perhaps accompanied by some Chinese steamed rice.

The vegetables are all slightly pickled, the tofu is marinated, and the herbs are plentiful. Look for unusual ingredients in your local Chinese or Asian grocery shop.

This recipe is a little similar to Kylie’s Asian Herb and Sesame Salad, although they come from different sources. Both are worth trying if you enjoy slightly pickled salads. You might also like Cucumber and Red Radish Slightly Pickled Salad, or Slightly Pickled Mushrooms in Tamari and Sesame Oil.

Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – these are vegetarian recipes from our first blog, from 1995 – 2005. You might also like all of our Tofu recipes here and here. Or browse the SE Asian recipes here and here. All of our Salad recipes are here and here. Or spend some time to explore our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing | Nappa Cabbage Salad

Easy to make, delicious in taste and healthy as well.

You can’t help but look at this colourful salad and think of roughage, with all that cabbage and crunchy radish. How healthy! This salad is a surprising combination that works extremely well, and a lovely spicy peanut dressing that has many uses beyond this salad.

Are you looking for Cabbage recipes? Try here and here. You might like to browse our extensive collection of Salad recipes here and here. Or try our Autumn recipes here and here.

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Jicama, Red Radish and Green Mango Salad

The beautiful flavour combinations of Mexico and SE Asia are found in this salad.

Crunchy and apple-like in texture and flavour, Jicama makes a wonderful addition to salads. You can cook it, but I love it raw.

This salad combines Jicama with green mango and optionally red or white radish as well. The green mango-chilli-lime component is a great set of flavours commonly found in Mexico and in South East Asia.

Jicama is rarely available here. Its season is Autumn through Winter, so I grab one or two when I see them. These past months I have kept a special eye out for them at our Central Market and have been lucky enough to find them on 3 occasions.

You might also like to try these – Vegetable Sticks with Spices, Spicy Radish and Jicama Salad with Coconut Milk, or A Host of Spring Salads. Explore all of our Salad recipes here and here, Green Mango dishes here, and Jicama here. Try our Autumn recipes here and here.

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Spicy Radish or Jicama Salad with Coconut Milk

This salad can be made with white or red radish, jicama (yam bean) or kohlrabi. It is crunchy and delicious and full of spicy tropical flavours.

Crunchy vegetables are just made for summer time lazy eating, and this salad is perfect. In fact it can be made at any time of the year, using red or white radish, kholrabi and/or Jicama. As at least one of these vegetables is in season at most times of the year, there can be no excuse!

You might also enjoy Vegetable Sticks with Spices, or A Host of Spring Salads. Browse our Jicama recipes here and our Radish recipes here and here. Our Salads here and here are worth exploring, or just browse the Bittman Salads. Be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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Cucumber and Red Radish Slightly Pickled Salad

A perfect and simple tangy salad to make in a hurry. Serve with hot or cold dishes.

With this continuing very hot weather, the only thought is about salads. Here is a simple one with Cucumbers, Red Onion and Red Radish. It is delightful.

Browse our Salad recipes here and here. You might particularly like Pawpaw Salsa, Grown up Potato Salad, and a Kachumber – Indian Salad. Find all of the Cucumber Salads here and here.  Or explore all of the Bittman Salads. Browse the Radish recipes here and here.

Looking for something different to do with cucumbers? Why not try Kachumber Salad, Simple but Best Cucumber Salad, or a Cucumber Curry?

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Three Different Raitas/Pachadis | Yoghurt Salads

Cooling, tasty, and refreshing raitas.

In Australia, if you see Raita on the menu of an Indian restaurant, it means the ubiquitous Cucumber Raita. Cooling and tasty, it helps those of us unused to the heat of Indian meals to cool our tongue and palate.

Raitas, or Pachadis, are an Indian version of salads.  To call yoghurt the “dressing” of the salad is a bit of a misnomer. It is more than that – it is the carrier of the vegetables and the flavours of the spices. It holds the whole dish together. The vegetables used might be cooked or raw, and in Tamil Nadu they are served near the end of the savoury portion of the meal, just before payasam/dessert/kheer (rather than along with the curries). But feel free to eat more “fusion” and serve raitas as part of a meal, or even part of the entree/ starters.

You can browse our raita and pachadi recipes here and here. We love Carrot Pachadi. Or browse all Yoghurt dishes here and here. Explore our Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer dishes here and here.

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Mooli and Golden Pumpkin Curry | Daikon Radish and Pumpkin Curry

A delicious Indian Curry using Daikon and Pumpkin.

An underused vegetable, Daikon Radish or White Radish is the feature of this curry. Mixed with Butternut or Jap Pumpkin, it is a golden delight. Potatoes can be used instead of daikon.

You might also like to try Spicy Pumpkin, a great Pumpkin Soup, or a Daikon Salad. Read more about Daikon Radish here, and there are more pumpkin recipes here and here. Or browse our Indian Recipes here and here. Be inspired by our easy Winter recipes here and here.

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Seasoned Sambar, Method One

A classic, traditional Sambar, from Meenakshi Ammal.

A treat that you can give yourself is a wonderful South Indian Sambar, a South Indian liquid spicy dish, generally served over rice or with dosa.

This recipe is interpreted from the doyenne of South Indian cooking, S. Meenakshi Ammal. Her books, Cook and See (in four parts) are a goldmine of traditional South Indian cooking. Hard to interpret for the novice non-Indian cook, her recipes take a bit of detective work, planning, thinking, rewriting, and discussing. But if you are serious about real and traditional Indian food, these books are a treasure.

You can explore more about Sambars and their characteristics here.

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Daikon Salad | Mooli, White Radish Salad

Daikon radish, often over looked, is the star of this salad. It can be made with red radishes too.

Daikon is great in freshly squeezed juices to add a touch of spiciness, but other than that it is often left sitting abandoned in the bottom drawer of the fridge. No longer. Here is a salad to make daikon shine! Summer goodness, oh yes.

You might also like Daikon and Pumpkin Curry. All of our Radish recipes are here and here. Or try our Salads here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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