Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chicken and Pineapple Salad -Desi Style with Yogurt

Another "I've missed the deadline" post,something that I shouldve posted last year...
Got lost in the annals of my Drafts folder.
Chicken and Pineapple Salad.
Perfect for this warm and humid weather.
One tends to avoid heavily spiced ,tempered masala laden Indian food. Granted, it is good for the body, but sometimes you just need a change.
And you need to force feed sweet child some veggies. And treat your digestive system to some veggies.

Some fresh and a some out of a bottle.
All with a desi touch. We avoid Mayonnaise....mum always has some day when she avoids eggs, and bottled mayo is flavourless gunk.
So yogurt it is.

The parents are very fond of salads,especially for dinner. Its a whole meal for them ,so we make it as wholesome as possible.
Needs a little prep...but the results are perfect.

For the
Chicken and Pineapple Salad ,Desi Style with yogurt...
You need

400 gms boneless chicken
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil/vegetable oil
Salt and paprika to taste
1 tsp mixed herbs

1 head Shredded lettuce 
sliced onion, red and yellow bell peppers, deseeded tomato,chopped cucumber
3-4 slices canned pineapple ,washed and drained and chopped
2 tbsp of Olives or capers or chopped gherkins- optional

1 cup thick yogurt whisked well
1/2 -1 tsp garlic paste-optional
lemon juice,olive oil,salt ,red chili flakes to taste
1 tsp honey

In the morning,the day you want to make the salad for dinner, marinate the chicken in the lemon juice,oil,salt ,paprika and mixed herbs.
Make sure you prick the pieces well,to ensure all the flavours are absorbed.
In the evening,either grill the chicken pieces on your grill or tandoor or bake in your oven at high heat, or cook them in a pan till the chicken is cooked through. Dont throw the marinade,use that to cook your chicken.

In the meanwhile chop all veggies.If you are daddy chopped these...totally neat

Once the chicken has cooled... cut that into bite sized pieces. I did the chicken.
Mix it all in a large bowl. In the mean while,make the dressing.
Use half the yogurt and add in the oil, lemon juice,salt ,honey,paprika and garlic. 
Taste and adjust.

Use salad spoons to mix in the dressing or do what I do. Pout the dressing in, cover with cling wrap and shake like no one is watching...

All done.
Plated and served with garlic bread and Chilled cucumber soup.
Yes...they are also in my draft folder.

Well try it out...
The extra yogurt...maybe if the yogurt is too watery, hand in muslin to drain and use the thickened hung yogurt.
So what are you baking today???

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brilliance and tradition -Hit it! #CrashThePepsiIPL Phase 1

My boys are wrestling ,football, tennis , basketball, and anything but cricket freaks.
I am...only when India plays Pakistan ,or when Dhoni captains the CSK team(courtesy our two and a half years in Dhoni land-Ranchi) and when Kings XI Punjab was on a winning streak last year -fuelled by the kids I taught in Jalandhar.
Truth be told ,the most exciting drama I saw was when Bhajji or Harbhajan Singh slapped Sreesanth a few seasons ago...all the Jalandhar effect.
As I don't watch the IPL on a regular basis  ,I miss out on all the drama the advertisements create.
So I had to scratch my grey cells and hope that age has not made them porous...and I remembered this awesome ad that Lowe Lintaas made a few years ago.
The advertisement that I am blogging about is the Camlin Permanent Marker ad.
I have no idea if the ad won any awards or no...but if I was there in the jury.... I would've awarded it a straight 10.

The ad starts with sniffling and mourning and a traditional diya or an earthen ware lamp ,lit near a dying husbands body...and the professional howlers or Rudaali Waalis dressed in their trademark black outfits almost begin to wail. Near the dying man ,his shocked young wife sits -totally unable to believe that its her young husband lying on the floor.
And the the lamp extinguishes.
And like our hindi movies ,the Rudaali starts. The professional wailing women howl in her loss...loud enough so that the entire neighborhood is alerted of the loss.
They break her bangles and make a big show of it.
So you see the poor glass bangles falling on the floor and shattering into a million pieces. And you expext that young lady to begin her own howling à la Nirupama Roy from the old movies.
And they try to remove the red sindoor bindi from her forehead.
And they try to scrub it off...while the poor newly widowed wife is still in shock.
And they try again.
And then suddenly, the dead husband coughs.
And he splutters and coughs back to life.
Almost like his wife's stubborn bindi fought that battle hopeless battle with Yama -the god of death and won.
And after all happiness and stuff...
The voice over in pure desi accented hindi says that a mark made with Camlin Permanent Marker will never be erased.
For a moment ,one Is shocked.
And then reaction seeps in.
And you begin to howl with laughter.
What an amazing combination of tradition and humor and brilliance the agency has struck.
And that product is priceless because of this pitch.
And we need brilliant ads like this to #CrashThePepsiIPL.
My favorite pepsi ad is the one that introduced the #CrashThePepsiIPL. Where all and sundry are out to replace the Pepsi ads...and poor Virat Kohli asks "Aunty Main kya karun?"
And the aunty retorts with the sarcasm remnant of the World Cup Semi Finals...
"Beta tu cricket khel."
YESSS...that expression was priceless.

Can you #CrashThePepsiIPL with an ad as crazy as this one?

“This Pepsi IPL, it’s not just about cricket. It’s time to crash with your own created ad! Make your own Pepsi ad & if it’s chosen, it could play on TV during Pepsi IPL! And hey, it doesn’t end here… Even if you’re chosen as a finalist, you stand a chance of winning a prize amount of Rs.1 lakh! So what are you waiting for guys?”

Think about it.

 “I am joining in on all the Pepsi IPL action in my own style with the #CrashThePepsiIPL activity at BlogAdda.”

Until the next

Until the next


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