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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Dershana

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fresh fig salad in flavoured yoghurt dressing

I saw this recipe being demonstrated in a Nigella Lawson cookery program. Just loved the ingredients that went into making it as well as the final appearance of the dish. Tried it the very next time I saw fresh figs in the market. I've made minor variations to the original recipe to make it more appealing to my palate...



Fresh figs - 1 1/2 fruit per person
For the dressing
Yoghurt - 250 ml
Red wine - 10 ml
Fresh ginger - 1/4 teaspoon (grated)
Honey - 20 ml
Cinnamon - 1/4 teaspoon (powdered)
Orange zest - 1 teaspoon (grated off fresh orange peel)
Lemon juce - 1 teaspoon


Whisk the yoghurt with a fork. Grate in the orange zest and ginger. Add the wine and rest of the ingredients. Blend well with the fork. Chill for half an hour.
Quarter the fresh figs lengthwise and arrange in a serving bowl. Pour in a liberal helping of the dressing.
Garnish with silvered pistachios (optional). I skipped the garnish because I realized last minute that I din't have any at home.

PS: If you don't find figs, use any other soft fruit.

Sending this over to Easycrafts' WYF - Soups, starters, and salads event. The event is on till 30th september at http://simpleindianfood.blogspot.com/2008/08/wyf-saladstartersoups-event.html

22 comments:

Priti said...

Looks yummy...the pic is beautiful...

Sireesha said...

Lovely salad looks yumm yumm and mouth - drooling.Wanted to eat now itself.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Have never tried figs before...lovely recipe! How did coriander powder turned out?

Usha said...

Very creative...looks yum :)

easycrafts said...

This definetely is a very attractive dish...thanks for sending it to the event

Vidhya said...

Nice click. Looks yummy too.

Divya Vikram said...

I find a lot of figs in the market this season..But Never knew what to make with them.Nice recipe..

Shreya said...

Love the colour of the fig in the salad. the idea of using other fruits is cool!great entry:-)

Vaishali said...

Oooh, how I love fresh figs! The recipe sounds delicious, Dershana: I would love to try it some time with soy yogurt.

Jaishree said...

Have never tried figs before...Very creative...looks delicious.great entry:)

DEESHA said...

thatz one nice salad .. i like nigella lawson too .. this is quite a different recipe

Valarmathi said...

Lovely recipe and nice click

Purva Desai said...

Fig salad looks really tempting and I really love flavoured Yoghurts...Thanks for sharing..

Divya said...

Pretty! I just ate a bag of figs not knowing what to do with them. I wish I has gotten my hands on this recipe of yours earlier.

Sagari said...

thats a beautiful pic dershana

Sujatha said...

I've heard a lot about figs, but never tried them so far.. the photo looks very tempting and I've heard lot of health benefits of fig too.. Should try this soon.. :)

bricogirl said...

Aren't figs pretty? They're just asking to be photographed! Thanks for the recipe. Here's a few French Fresh Fig Recipes that I tried recently. Yum.

Vidhya said...

Hi Dershana, there is a surprise waiting for you in my blog.

Cynthia said...

I like how the yogurt dressing formed stars :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Arundhuti said...

nice recipe & nice photo too!!!

Sujatha said...

Hi dershana, I have left an answer to your question in my comments page.. Please do check it out..

Yasmeen said...

Figs in yogurt look divine.Even the Holy books describe figs as a nutritious fruit:)

 
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