Hello, Foodies and Buddies!
It’s our final Dish of the Week column for the month of June and we have Chef Geeta’s amazing and innovative Detox Quinoa Salad including a full recipe!
What is this Detox Quinoa Salad you ask? Chef Geeta explains, “The dish is named Detox Quinoa salad and is a cold salad. The salad is so colourful that I have seen foodies opening their container lid, again and again, to see the colour and appreciate it!”
Chef Geeta also tells us about her connection with this dish. “I had never eaten quinoa until I visited Europe a couple of years ago. I was on a backpacking trip around Europe and was stuck in a bad traffic jam once on the highway. At the fuel station superstore, I was searching for some vegetarian food which was filling yet economical because I was both on a budget and really hungry. “Apart from all the junk, I found a Quinoa Cold Salad pack while my fellow travellers sympathised with me for being a vegetarian. I bought it despite not being sure of taste since I love trying new food in new places.
“It ended up that not only me but everyone in my group loved it so much. Even the friends who had bought cold stored non-veg food preferred this better and we ended up buying all the packets available there!”
“And that taste always lingered with me and so in India tried this at a number of places but they just didn’t do justice to my memories of that epic meal in Europe. I finally got onto it myself, and after trying different versions of it, I landed on this recipe. This is my top favourite recipe for quinoa salads now and I hope of other Foodies too. I have to have this crisp and delicious salad once a week at least!”
What an inspiring story about your love for this amazing dish, Chef Geeta 🙂
Chef Geeta told us that she uses a famous recipe by Cookie and Kate and wanted to give due credit to the original author and so you can find the full recipe here:
Chef Geeta provided a little bit of insight into perfecting this recipe. She said, “The only challenge is to get the quinoa cooked right. You can’t have it mashy and you can’t have it even a little bit uncooked. It has to be properly cooked and yet grainy in structure.”
We also asked Chef Geeta what other items she wants to make famous on FoodyBuddy and she said with a laugh, “Ironically, the dishes I want to make famous on Foodybuddy are the ones I have been able to put up the least on the app. The reason being other regular dishes being in demand so much that I don’t get the time to do these regularly. Not many people are open to trying a variety of taste and then reordering those.”
She continued, “I love exploring Indian regional heritage recipes – especially of healthy beverages like Rabdi, Sudka, Solkadhi, Kaanji, Thandai, and so on. We have such a rich culture of healthy and nutritious recipes which are amazing in taste. I remember having different beverages ready at home all the time according to the season during my childhood.”
And finally, she said in closing, “Never compromise on the quality of food because of taste. That might just mean that one needs to try out the preparation one more time before getting it right. Quality and taste are not opposed to each other but rather go hand in hand. Be open to new tastes and age-old recipes!”
That is really good advice, ma’am, and we want to thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and cooking with the FoodyBuddy family!
Wishing you all the very best going forward 🙂
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