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A Zhougy egg salad with toast

I’m really sorry if I am going overboard with my enthusiasm for Zhoug (or Schug) across social media. Yes, this Yemeni condiment made with cilantro, peppers and spices now comes ready made at Trader Joe’s and my universe has been transformed with possibilities. So this morning, we had an easy but superbly yummy Zhougy egg salad with toast and you might want to give it a try!

Zhougy Egg Salad with Toast

A yummy twist on traditional egg salad

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Hard boiled egg
  • .5 Large avocado
  • 1 tbsp Zhoug
  • 1 Hot chili
  • 1 sprig Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the egg into small pieces.  Do the same with the avocado.

  2. Finely chop the green chilly.

  3. Mix the egg, avocado, Zhoug, chopped chili.

  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve with toast.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have access to ready-made Zhoug, you can try a recipe inspired by Mike Solomonov here.

https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/schug-secret-weapon-recipe

Grandma’s Curry – The LOW CARB WAY

If predictability and rituals in childhood are the secrets to growing up in a balanced way, I think I am set for being balanced across multiple lifetimes! I spent every summer of my childhood with both my grandmothers in south India and one staple in their kitchen was a root vegetable curry called “erisherri“. The vegetables were cooked till just done in water blended with salt and turmeric, then mixed with a paste of ground coconut, cumin, and green chilies, and topped with a finishing touch of curry leaves, red chilies and mustard seeds fried in a tad bit of coconut oil.

Since my husband has been on a low carb diet for some time now, I decided to try the dish with cauliflower substituted for the starchy root veggies. While nothing will quite match my grandmothers’ magical, love-infused dishes, this dish turned out to be quite yummy!

Cauliflower Erisherri

A lovely cauliflower dish served in a coconut gravy

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • .5 Head of cauliflower
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1.5 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Freshly grated coconut
  • 4 Hot green chillies
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 Dried chillies
  • 5 Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil (or any cooking oil)

Instructions

  1. Separate the cauliflower into small florets, wash and drain.

  2. Take the cauliflower, add water to cover the vegetable and cook with the turmeric powder and kosher salt for 10 minutes (the cauliflower should be cooked but firm).

  3. Grind the coconut, green chilies and cumin in a blender with just a little bit of water, till the ingredients are blended into a nice paste.

  4. Add the coconut paste to the cooked cauliflower and let the curry boil for about 5 minutes.

  5. Heat the oil in a small pan and fry the mustard seeds, dried chilies, and curry leaves till the mustard seeds stop crackling.  

  6. Add the seasoned oil with the ingredients to the cauliflower curry.  Serve hot with steamed rice.

Recipe Notes

Freshly grated coconut is available at Indian supermarkets in the freezer section.  The brand I use is called Daily Delite.  If you are unable to find freshly grated coconut or want a short cut, take a cup of coconut milk, mix in 1.5 tsp of hot red chilly powder and a heaped tbsp of cumin powder and mix this with the cooked cauliflower instead of the ground coconut paste.  It still creates a beautiful, yummy curry!

PS.  I love my dishes hot and spicy; you can adjust the seasonings to suit your taste buds.

Cooling off with a Brussel Sprouts, Blueberry, Avocado Salad

On yet another super hot day, I finished a workout and wanted a cool, healthy lunch.  A cold soup or a salad seemed like the perfect idea and thankfully I had some super powerful ingredients in the fridge.  Out came the brussel sprouts, blueberries and avocados to create the perfect chilled salad with a middle eastern flair.

Not only was this an easy salad to assemble, it also hit all the right notes of spice, sweet and tart rolled into one.

Chilled Brussel Sprouts, Blueberries and Avocado Salad

A perfect salad that is ready in under 10 minutes!

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 6 Brussels Sprouts thinly sliced
  • .5 Avocado cut into cubes
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 2 tbsps Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Berbere
  • 1 tsp Pomegranate molasses
  • .5 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place the brussel sprouts, avocado, blueberries in a bowl.  


  2. Whisk the berbere, salt, pomegranate molasses and olive oil.  

  3. Pour on the salad, toss and serve. 

  4. Makes two servings.

If you have a favorite chilled salad recipe using any of these ingredients, we’d love to hear!