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Chilled Yoghurt Salad – Aim For The Star

Recently I came across a book, ‘OPEN’ by Andre Agassi, gifted by my son-in-law to my husband. The apt title beckoned me. I casually flicked through its pages and read a few lines. I was hooked. The excellent, engaging narration kept me engrossed from beginning to end.  Behind the glamour and glitz of the superstars’ life lies grinding hard work, strict discipline and innumerable sacrifices. 

What hit me hard is something I have known all along, but never tried to decipher.  Not having a goal in life is like travelling without a destination. While pursuing it, your focus becomes razor sharp and crystal clear.

Way back in school my teacher used to repeat the saying, ‘Aim for the star and you will reach the top of the tree’. Life becomes meaningful when you have definite aims. Suddenly a clear path is illumined before you and everything else,but the clearly important ones, fades into oblivion.

Reading autobiographies of famous people give you direction, guidance, inspiration and a life chart telling you what to do and more importantly,  what not to do.

Today, I will make a delicious and nutritious chilled yoghurt salad by tossing a mixture of  fresh, vitamin rich – cucumber, peanuts, raisins, pomegranate seeds, dates,onion and yoghurt together . Its origin? Lost in the mists of time.

Fresh Chilled Salad

Serves :                                           Preparation time: 15 mins


  1. Raisins – 1/2 cup
  2. Dates (discard seeds & cut small) – 1/2 cup
  3. Groundnuts (Roast dry, take off skin,halve) – 1/2 cup
  4. Cucumber (peel, discard seeds, cut fine and small) – 1 cup
  5. Onions ( cut  fine ) – 1 cup
  6. Green chillies ( cut small) – One ( optional )
  7. Pomegranate seeds – 1/2 cup
  8. Curd  – 1.5 cups
  9. Cream – 1/2 cup
  10. Sugar  – 3 tsp
  11.  Salt – To taste


  • Toss the  ingredients in a bowl,
  •  The  glistening  pomegranate kernels  and  the flecks  of raisins make a good garnish.
  • Serve this fresh yoghurt salad chilled.

Quick Snack : BREAD UPPUMA – My mother used to make it when she had a day old bread. Crumble bread, sprinkle curd and salt just enough to keep them in shape. Keep it aside for five minutes, Heat oil in a kadai, season mustard seeds, urud dal, red chillies and curry leaves . Add bread pieces, stir for three minutes till lightly roasted, take off the stove and serve hot.

Quick Tip :When storing pickles in glass jars, make sure the lids are not rusty or fitted with rubber washers.


About Paddy

When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’ The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day. Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. I had a cook from Kerala, but the cold weather did not suit her and in a month’s time, she went back. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too. I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life. I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.


2 thoughts on “Chilled Yoghurt Salad – Aim For The Star

  1. I love sweet raitas.. this one sounds really mouthwatering!!!!

    Posted by sreelatha | February 14, 2012, 9:51 PM

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