Thursday, January 14, 2010

Quick Meal: Carrot Salad with Spinach & Walnut Stir fry

Salad and Stir fry- my quick fix dinner when our beloved maid-servant gives us a miss.What you see here is Walnut and Spinach stir fry with a crunchy carrot salad. I am still learning how to take better pictures and more importantly I need to get rid of the date settings in my camera. Also my card reader decided to stop working so I must thank Preetesh, my colleague, who sent his multi-card reader which made this post possible.

Carrots are in season and my local market carries this fresh produce. So most of my salads these days include the "desi" red carrot. All through the year we eat the orange carrot. I like them in a variety of continental and Chinese dishes but our "desi" red carrot lends an altogether different flavor to Indian cooking. The salad here is simple with a lemon, olive oil and green peppercorn dressing. The magic is in the stir fry. I am sure there will be a detailed recipe for a similar stir fry but here is my quick fix version:

Spinach and Walnut Stir Fry


2 cups of spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 table spoon ginger garlic paste
3-4 cloves of peeled garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup toasted walnuts (roughly crushed)
Parmesan cheese (grated) [This is optional]

In a non-stick pan, heat oil on high flame. Stir in the ginger garlic paste and chopped garlic.
Add the spinach and cook on high flame for 3 minutes or until the spinach is wilted.
Add salt to taste. Lower the flame and stir in the walnut and cheese.

Have a hearty meal!

[Image: Snigdha Manchanda Binjola for Now Cooking]


  1. Sounds interesting, though I'm not a garlic fan :(

    where in Mumbai can you find green peppercorns?

  2. Yes, I am big garlic fan! When in season green peppercorns are available in most local markets. Season lasts only for a few weeks in a year i.e. before the monsoon and before the onset of winter.

    You can also buy a pickled (in brine) version from stores like Hypercity, Nature's basket. Happy cooking!

  3. Dying to hear about one of your baked Mexican Dishes... Get rolling Girl!!

  4. i want to just eat!!! thats all...