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Chickpea Salad with Lime & Mustard Dressing

How do you like your salad?

Most of us like to complicate or rather are scared to experiment with salads. Some people find it ‘Boring’ or some find it too ‘Healthy’. It all depends on  what you WANT from your salad. Salad making may sound very simple but it’s not. It is an art. An art of blending ingredients and flavours. Even a slight change or an off balance can make the salad taste too leafy, raw or there is something missing. A perfect salad should have a balance of sweetness & sourness. Some salads do ask for some spice but it’s a personal choice again.

Here are some basic tips to keep in mind when it comes to showcasing your salads:

  • Wash your salad leaves thoroughly and pat dry them. Shake the excess water in a salad spinner. If  you don’t have a salad spinner, you can try this at home.
  • Use only one or two fruits and not more than that, unless you are making a fruit salad.
  • All salads require some texture or crunchiness. Either use nuts or some red radish depending on your salad.
  • You can garnish your salad with some  cheese or bacon bits to give it some texture.
  • Pre mix your dressing at least an hour before you serve.
  • Always mix your dressing, just before serving your salad. In some cases, where the leafy veggies are negated, you can mix the dressing  serve on a bed of salad leaves (demonstrated below).
  • Keep some extra dressing on the table just in case any one would like use some more.

These are some of the basics things that I follow and it works really well.

1 cup (250gm) chickpeas, cooked with salt
1-2 small red radish
1/2 onion, chopped small
juice from 1/2 lime
2tbs chopped cilantro
2tbs mint or orange mint (available at Nature’s Basket)
1/2 Tbs sugar
1Tbs i2cook mustard
1clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tbs olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
salad leaves for serving – use any kind ( I’ve used lettuce)

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a salad bowl. Pour the chickpea  and mix well.  Refrigerate for an hour for flavours to blend well.

Just before serving arrange the plates or serving bowl with some salad leaves  and pour in the dressed chickpea mixture. Serves two.

Who am I?
My name is Megha from ‘i2cook’. Yup I’m the one who makes peanut butter and other organic products. You can buy my products online. I’m a guest author on Natural Mantra and will be posting all things healthy. I don’t mind being assertive when it comes to talking about all things healthy/organic that are good for you. Feel free to share your thoughts. There’s always room for a little improvement…..what say ;)


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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

What are you doing this holiday season with your kid? Do you enjoy cooking with easy recipes?

If the answer to the above questions is YES then here is a festive recipe that you might want to devour.

Creamy, sweet peanut butter filling covered with a thin layer of chocolate. This is a simple recipe which can be enjoyed by both parents and kids. The best past is that it involves no oven or a cook-top!

Kids of any age can enjoy making these as it involves two of their favourite things peanuts and chocolate. Peanut butter is a healthy snacking option for kids albeit the coating of chocolate makes it so much more fun :). So go ahead and indulge your loved ones in some fun cooking this Christmas!


250gm i2cook peanut butter –  you can buy it here
2tbs utmt honey
4tbs raisins (optional)
200gm of Dark chocolate compound (in room temperature)

In a large bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey & raisins until smooth. Taste the sweetness, you can add more honey if you like yours sweeter but remember, the chocolate is sweet as well. Dig in with your (clean) hands and take in a tablespoon of the mixture in your hand and roll into small balls. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once you are done rolling all, place them in the fridge to chill for about 2 hours.

In a small but deep bowl, microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds intervals, stirring well until smooth. Using a fork, dip each ball into the chocolate, tap off the excess and set it back on the parchment. Repeat the same for all the peanut butter balls. Place them back in the fridge to set completely for a few hours, about 6 hours or overnight.

Makes about 15 small-sized nibbles. Store in an air tight container, refrigerated. They work great as Christmas gifts too!

I would love to hear your fun stories. Have a great holiday and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Who am I?
My name is Megha from ‘i2cook’. Yup I’m the one who makes peanut butter and other organic products. You can buy my products online. I’m a guest author on Natural Mantra and will be posting all things healthy. I don’t mind being assertive when it comes to talking about all things healthy/organic that are good for you. Feel free to share your thoughts. There’s always room for a little improvement…..what say 😉