Posts Tagged ‘radish’

Week 3: Creamy Potato Radish Salad

Today marks an important day: I made something with potato for the second time since I graduated from college.

Considering my mom makes a potato dish at least once a week, she is baffled by my sudden lack of starch – but no fear: I get it from a multitude of frozen products. Yay… Not.

 

Anyways… I found this deceivingly simple recipe  online and it was a great find! Took care of a lot of basket items: radishes, potatoes, scallions, and dill.

I made a few changes in my version:

Regular brown potatoes instead of red (see below picture)

BABY POTATOES!

BABY POTATOES!

Dijonnaise instead of just mustard (the recipe does call for mayonnaise though, so it wasn’t a total loss)

Heavy whipping cream instead of heavy cream (not sure if there is a difference)

I didn't buy Hellman's... oops.

I didn’t buy Hellman’s mayo… oops.

Red scallions instead of white

No celery or lemon zest… or salt or pepper now that I think about it.

 

So now that I butchered this recipe… it actually turned out great! I think I added a little too much dill but the dressing itself is amazing and the rest of the vegetables taste great even though only the potato was cooked. Definitely a repeat recipe for my table 🙂

Week 1: Radish Sambar

Today I attempted to my mom’s version of the very yummy radish sambar.  I emphasize the word attempt in the sentence above, because at one point in this process I got so hungry that I called my mother and almost burst into tears. Why does Indian food take so FLIPPING LONG to make?!? Also – it is not smart to wait until you are actually hungry to start cooking.

At first things went well. I had some nice cooking music on, I chopped my radishes and onion quickly and fried/ sauteed/ whatevered my fenugreek and urad dal in oil.

Then for some reason I misread my notes from the recipe my mom had given me over the phone yesterday. I took my beautifully chopped vegetables and tried to fry them…

in water.

(I blame the hunger as I hadn’t eaten lunch properly)

After getting more confused when the next line read “boil until cooked” I called my mom and discovered my error. Thankfully she is a much better cook than I (and my dad can make jalebis around us both while blindfolded) so she was able to make a very good suggestion: “Well, it’s all still edible. Keep going and add more spice to cover up the taste. Did you make rice already?”

Thanks Mom.

Wait – what?

Oh that’s right. I was trying to make radish sambar and forgot to make the rice to go with it… *SIGH* Seriously folks, do not cook when hungry.

Determined to finish, I added the watery tamarind mixture and the remaining spices to the mix (neglecting the toovar dal I had also forgotten to make).

It ended up looking realistic enough I suppose. I’m waiting for the rice to finish cooling while I write this. I may have also made an emergency batch of instant sambar just in case (Thank you GITS!)

If I die, at least I won’t have to eat any green veggies. But who would’ve thought it would be the white ones that did me in?
Fenugreek & urad dal in oil

Fenugreek & urad dal in oil

Beautifully chopped radishes

Beautifully chopped radishes

WAY too much tamarind compared to proper ratio

WAY too much tamarind compared to proper ratio

WRONG POT

WRONG POT

Finished product?

Finished product?