Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cold Pasta Bean salad and khara biscuit

Finally the winter comes to full stop. Even though, we didn’t experience any harsh winter in West cost, particularly in Bay. Winter is marked by rainy days, yes, only soaking makes us feel winter. We have already reached the average rainfall for this year, but the CA State declared water drought. The consequence will be fire danger. Everything is ringed together. Take some responsibility, fix any leakage pipe, and use caution when you are camping outside, after all natural resources are precious, it is our responsibility to save and protect. Don’t forget, Saturday March 28, to switch off lights and celebrate the Earth Hour.
Nowadays, there is plenty of sunshine till 8.00 pm! It is hard for my son to believe it is night and go to bed. I guess, all moms are facing the same thing in summer with their kids.
Coming to my Salad, I prepared this easy light cold pasta beans salad, it could be a great meal alone or a side dish for the barbeque, picnic, etc… You can use any leftover pasta, bean, any fresh seasonal vegetables or fruits. After all there is no rules to follow!
Cold Pasta Bean salad
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Ingredients:
Cooked macaroni: approx 2 cups
Cooked or can white bean: ¾ cup
Cherry tomato: 10 or ripe tomato: 1 small/medium cut into bite size
Cucumber: ½ cubed
Black olive: 10 halved

Keep ready in the serving bowl.


Dressing:
Greek yogurt (non-fat)/or hung the yogurt (non-fat):
½ cup
Dijon mustard: 1 to 2 tbsp
Cider vinegar: 2 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Black pepper: freshly ground
Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad ingredient and toss it. Keep it refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Variation: Use some cooked shredded chicken, cooked shrimp, tuna

Sending to Pesto pasta nights #106 hosted by Aquadaze, originated by Ruth.
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Khara/Masala Biscuit
I am including my MBP entry- snacks and savories, originated by Spice-café and Hosted by Awshwini.
The khara biscuit is one the Karnataka special! I saw at Namratha ‘s place first and bookmarked and saw again at Vanamala ‘s place. I couldn’t resist those spicy biscuits and baked it! They re extremely delicious, mild spice and savory! Perfect with cup of coffee or tea as evening snack! Both have similar recipes, I followed Nam who has cup measurement!
Thanks you both of you to share such a wonderful recipe.

Modification:
As I ve a kid who is fond of cookies, I reduce the chillies and ground into coarse paste!
Next time, I should make it little tin and reduce slightly the salt level for my taste buds!


Happy Ugadi for my readers!

51 comments:

Varsha Vipins said...

Are there 2 earth hours?I saw Soma telling about it last saturday..:-?

The pasta looks creamy yum..I dint quite get it was olives first..was blinking ..he he..n yeah even tho we r not so lucky guys like u,but we do get some light till 7-7:30k?hmmph..yayay..:D:D
Khara biscuit looks rustic n perfect,thats all I can say as I am no biscuit lover..:)

Sujatha said...

Happy Ugadi to you too Cham! Love the simple pasta salad recipe, and your cookies look awesome!

Curry Leaf said...

HAPPY UGADI TO YOU .The pasta salad is one of my favourites and the biscuits look very good.Have heard of these,but never made them or got the recipe.Cheers

Nags said...

We used to have these khara biscuits as snacks when we were kids :)

Sandeepa said...

Happy Ugadi Cham !!!
The khara biscuits look yumm

Cham said...

Varsha there is only one earth hour! No scary stuff in my salad!
Thanks all for the Ugadi wishes

Divya Vikram said...

I mistook the olives to be grapes! My kinda salad.A great recipe to welcome spring.. Love the cookies. Perfectly shaped n baked..

Madhavi said...

Happy Ugadi gal to u and ur family :)) Lovely pasta recipe, loved it, and khara biscuit looks greattttt!!!

Pooja said...

Happy ugadi cham...salad is looking yumm..

Divya Kudua said...

Pasta salad looks yumm!!And what a pretty looking plate of Khara biscuits..I absolutely love those but have never even thought of making them at home.I think its time I tried my hands on making savoury cookies,though I doubt they would be as pretty as yours!!

Madhu said...

Ugadi wishes to you too cham.
Khara biscuits reminds me of my childhood and bakeries,looks very cute.

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Wow the kara biscuits looks yummy.

A_and_N said...

The khara biscuit! Love the idea :)

jayasree said...

Happy Ugadi,Cham. The arrival spring reflects on your header too. Nice.

Pasta salad looks yumm and Loved the khara biscuits. Well shaped.

Rachel said...

Love any kind of cold salad..

Priti said...

Wow....wonderful entries....khara looks so gud....Happy Ugadi to you too dear

Vandana Rajesh said...

The pasta looks so creamy and nice cham. Khara biscuits looks good, although for me biscuits mean sweet:)

Priya said...

Simple n creamy pasta bean salad lookz amazing Cham...Those gorgeous Khara biscuit looks awesome!!

Happy cook said...

ow that pasta salade looks yumm, i love that dressing with the cider.
Cookies realy have a wonderful shap and looks yumm.

Sanghi said...

Khara biscuit is different and unique.. Pasta looks creamy..! Superb. Happy Ugadi..!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Pasta is very creamy...though havent tasted it yet! Khara biscuit is very tempting....I jus cant wait to try it!

Madhumathi said...

Happy Ugadi to you too!
Pasta salad looks very creamy yum!!I love it.
Your khara biscuit is looking perfect :)

Premyscakes said...

wow biscuits looks awesome. Happy ugadi.

Soma said...

I love those olives in there:-) & those biscuits are just amazing! i need to make these.

Asha said...

YUMMY Pasta and Khara biscuits. Wish I could grab from the screen, too beautiful to resist! :))

Happy Ugadi.

Sia said...

Chams, i am making those super delicious looking khara biscuits :) they look so cute!

and before i forget, wishing u and ur loved ones a very happy Ugadi :)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Happy Ugadi dear. Love the pasta and cookies. Good for the event.

Usha said...

Loved the salad and the khara biscuit sounds fantastic !

Laavanya said...

My daughter tells me 'it's sunny day amma not sleepy time' so with summer approaching and later sunsets, I'm in trouble for sure... :) Pasta salad looks good but i'm not ready to eat cold food yet - need to wait a month or so more.

The khara biscuit looks Awesome!

Chandani said...

i just love cold pasta salad, yours is delicious!! khara biscuits look great,too....

Deepa Hari said...

Happy Ugadi Cham...pasta looks yum and biscuit looks perfect.

Adlak's tiny world said...

Happy Ugadi cham.. pasta salad with that biscuit looks gr8 and lovely.

Ann said...

Cham,thats a torture..oops..looks so yummy..ANd the biscuits looks professional
Happy Ugadi.

DEESHA said...

Happy Ugadi Cham, I am going follow the earth hours too .. i extremely adore Khara biscuits, they look soo perfect cham. perfect for tea time.

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. both the dishes looks gr8! I love those biscuits..

Siri said...

Wishing you a very Happy Ugadi Cham:) I should try those biscuits. they look so yumm!

Cheers,
Siri

Red Chillies said...

So glad the winter is over here. The weather here is crazy though, cold one day, hot one day and rainy another. Sigh!
You have prepared both hot and cold dishes. Love to have the khara biscuit any time. Very nice picture.

Ruth Daniels said...

Lovely pasta salad...thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights

And those biscuits are awesome. I can't wait until we get some warm weather here...the combo makes for a perfect picnic.

Arch said...

Happy Ugadi...The pasta salad looks wonderful...and khara biscuits are a favourtie...love these...

Gita's Kitchen said...

Happy Ugadi Cham :) The pasta salad looks delicious, this is a new recipe for me, cant wait to try this out. THe khara biscuits looks scrumptious too!

romaspace said...

very professional looking bikkies!

Vibaas said...

Cham, both salad and khara biscuit look yum. The salad dressing is new to me and i like anything with yogurt. Will try.

Jamie said...

Cham, the Pasta and Bean Salad looks very light and delicious. Those biscuits look perfect!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh the khara biscuit looks irresistible cham. got to try it! and the salad looks colorful.

Uma said...

I love pasta but I prefer it warm. Pasta salad looks great Cham! And those khara biscuits look like waiting for me to finish them :0

Hope you had a wonderful Ugadi!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

cool template for the spring!

Love the pasta salad recipe!

I have never tried or tasted khara biscuit! this looks wonderful! they look cute and awesome! nice click Cham!

LG said...

Khara Biscuit looks yummy. Akash also told me to make them looking at it's picture :) I have bookmarked it too, but I am yet to make it.

n33ma said...

yummy creamy pasta and those biscuits look so yummy and delish!The biscuits I make always have so many cracks on them!

Aparna said...

I'm not a salad person but if there's pasta in it, then its no more salad to me. :)

Love anything savoury, especially biscuits (cookies) and muffins. Looks crunchy and nice.

Ushanandini said...

Pasta salad is so cold and lovely! Kara biscuit looks ready for me to grab one and heat up my senses! It's a nice combination - cold and hot!

Meenal Mehta said...

:)) gotta try this soon when I get better ..looks great