How can a salad be both healthy and delicious?
Thats what I thought till I made this salad loaded with caramelized onions and a hint of curd!
Cucumber onion salad is a classic healthy salad loved by all. I have twisted it a bit to bring it to another level of taste and trust me after first few forks, you would crave for more!!
This recipe is an amalgamation of a typical raw salad and onions caramelized in Desi ghee..
Why Desi Ghee?
Simply because I love Desi ghee!! Also because it has the Good fat that helps me lose weight, be warm from inside, ward off cold, cough and headaches. Desi ghee is wonderful for the skin.
Massage for babies if done by desi ghee makes their bone stronger. Isnt this the best way to have Chapati (with ghee) or load ghee in the bowl of daal?
I use desi ghee in most of my recipes and in few I use Mustard oil.
For the tongue and health, desi ghee is an amazing option!!
Why Caramelized Onions?
Thats because I love crispy brown onions tossed in desi ghee and the aroma is so addictive that sometimes it becomes difficult to save these onions for the recipe itself. A few may like charred onions. So feel free to fry them longer! My family likes light brown. So I fry them on low flame gradually!
Substitutes for Salads
I have used cucumber and onions with basic spices like black pepper and salt. Mix in it little curd and give a good mix to all.
I prefer not to peel the cucumbers and yes I wash them in running water and keep them in sun for sometime. Those who avoid cucumber, can add Zucchini (as it has similar crunchy flavour), radish, carrot or beans etc.
If you like the crunchy veggies, choose the ones that are local to your area and nothing fancy just because google or some supermarket shows it more often.
How this cucumber salad helps lose weight?
Cucumber is no wonder a great food for weight-loss. A low-calorie, zero fat, full of fibre, Viamin K, C and B is surely a great snack in between the meals.
The Curd (not market one), the homemade is probiotic and helps the stomach full for longer. So a combination of this two is indeed a rich one.
If I say that you have one cucumber, that may not sound really impressive.
However, having them as a combination food assures your mind that you are going to have a tasty thing and it works.
Make sure the cucumber is not bitter as its really not good for human consumption.
If you are worrying about the ghee added, let me assure you that a tsp ghee is far better than the processed sugary cookies and it really wont hurt your weight-loss plan.
Rush to the refrigerator and grab your choice of veggies and make this 5 min delicious salad for your hunger pangs.
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Cucumber salad with caramelized onions and curd|How to make an easy cucumber onion salad
- 2 medium cucumbers with peel
- 1 large onion sliced in round rings
- 1 tablespoon Desi ghee can use oilve oil
- 1-2 tablespoon Curd
- 1 tsp Kali Mirch (Black Pepper)
- Gather your veggies!
- Chop cucumber with peel in square pieces and onion in rings.
- Take a small pan with heavy base. Add desi ghee to it.
- Add onion to it. Keep the flame low and make sure to saute.
- It takes around 2 min to get this shade of caramelized onions. You may cook more for darker shade for another one min.
- Take cucumber in a large bowl.
- Add black pepper, salt and curd to it and mix wll.
- Add onions to above and if need be, you may add more curd. I wanted more of salad so added less of curd.
- Your delicious salad is ready ! Enjoy!
|Serving size: 1 bowl|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3.8g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 2.2g||11%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10.8g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.8g||6%|
|Total Sugars 4.9g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||0%|