Kiwi Cucumber Salsa
EVENT: A- Z RECIPE CHALLENGE
THEME : A DISH BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER K
WHAT IS A-Z CHALLENGE?
It’s group started by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. What is required of in this group? Nothing too difficult but to cook a dish using an ingredient whose English name begins with the designated letter. This month we’re suppose to choose an ingredient that begins with K. My choice is Kiwi, the famous soft, seedy green fruit. While my favorite way to have kiwi is one its own, sometimes I make a cool healthy chia seed pudding to take care of my sweet tooth.
A BIT ABOUT KIWI FRUIT
We all normally presume that Kiwi fruit or Chinese Gooseberry originates from New Zealand. However, it actually grew in the wild in China. It is believed that a school teacher returning from China in 1904 introduced the fruit to New Zealand and had brought some seeds too. They named the fruit after their national bird kiwi.
Kiwi is a rich source of Vitamin C, along with serotonin which helps one sleep better. Rich in dietary fibre and minerals like potassium, helps to promote good heart health. Contains anti-inflammatory proteins like kiwellin and kissper which are useful to fight inflammation in the intestines.
WHAT IS SALSA?
Salsa is the Spanish name for a sauce. However, these days its used for a mixture of tomato, onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lime known as salsa roja. In English or more specifically in US salsa is adapted from the Mexican salsa roja. Its a popular dip usually enjoyed with tortilla chips, or as a sauce for Tex Mex dishes. Did you know that it’s used as a healthier replacement for tomato ketchup? Nowadays, there are so many variations of salsa besides the original tomato one. While I love my tomato salsa with any Mexican dishes I make, I love making pineapple salsa to go with pita chips. By the way, have you tried plum salsa? Go on check out the recipe. Originally planned as a dip, I landed up making it a salad. Try mango salsa, its super delicious.
IS IT CILANTRO OR CORIANDER?
Taking advantage of this post as cilantro or coriander is one of the main ingredients for any salsa, I just want to clear the difference. Firstly cilantro or coriander both come from the plant Coriandrum Sativum. While in US cilantro refers to the stem and leaves and coriander to the seeds, elsewhere in the world coriander refers to the stem and leaves and the seeds as coriander seeds.
MY VERSION OF KIWI CUCUMBER SALSA
During my hubby’s birthday cum Christmas party I wanted to add a bit of the famous red and green to the food I prepared to give it a festive look. That’s when I decided that kiwi cucumber salsa with a bit of fresh pomegranate arils would be perfect. Paired it with tortilla chips as a starter and it disappeared in no time. The second time I made it to enjoy as a salad. As a dip the ingredients need to be chopped finely, or a very short burst in the food processor to give it a coarse texture. If you want to use it as salad then chop the ingredients into bite size pieces.
- It’s gluten free
- It’s vegan
- For a satvik version, omit onion
KIWI CUCUMBER SALSA
Serves 3-4 as a dip. Serves 2 as a salad
1 cup finely diced ripe kiwi ( I used 3)
1 cup finely diced English Cucumber
½ cup chopped spring onion
½ cup chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
¼ cup pomegranate arils
1-2 tbsp lemon/lime juice
1 jalapeno finely chopped or 1 green chillis
2-3 fresh red chillis finely chopped (remove the seeds)
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper powder
- Peel kiwi that is not too ripe. Dice it into small pieces.
- Dice the cucumber with the peel.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Cover and chill it in the fridge till required.
- Serve kiwi cucumber salsa with tortilla chips, pita chips or enjoy it as a salad.
- Try and add lime juice as it makes the salsa taste different. However, you can use lemon juice.
- Replace the spring onion with a small red or white onion finely chopped.
- Adding red chillis is optional.
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