The Winners of the giveaway and Indian Style Bean Salad Recipe

   And…. the winners are Lekshmi,  Meena bala and Poonam! Congratulations you guys! I will be contacting you shortly. I thank all the readers who took time to write all those lovely comments. My heart got filled with joy as I read each one of it. Thank you so much for your support!

   From the comments I got to know the favorite recipes of my US readers. Some of the dishes that were repeatedly mentioned by most readers were Cardamom cake, No-machine vanilla ice cream, Curd quinoa, Curry leaf pepper chicken, Beef biriyani, Sausage and spinach pesto pasta, Kerala sadya dishes, Baked masala chicken wingsChicken fry – less oil version, pal payasam, Pressure cooker chicken biriyani and fish biriyani.

   This actually made me think of my favorite recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ There are 638 posts here on Yummy O Yummy. Each one is special to me as I want to give you all only the best. But then if you ask me to name the food I enjoy most, the answer definitely is Biriyani in any form and Kerala Sadya.

   Here is a small list of some of my most favorite recipes that are sure to be a hit at any party. Do give them a try – Chocolate ice cream, Chicken mappas, Minestrone soupVegetable egg noodles, Veg biriyani with green apple raita, Paneer do Pyaza, Spicy chicken biriyani, Duck curry and Mutton curry with coconut milk to go with rice. There are plenty more here so just take your pick!

   I got suggestions to post more kids-friendly dishes, gluten-free recipes and party menu. Also, some readers wanted to see video recipes. I have done a few videos for DC Books, but video posts take time, and with a toddler running around it becomes a daunting task!

   People always ask how I cook with my kiddo around. It is so not fun! Aarav has become a lot better in letting me cook and blog and is going to daycare twice a week.   But still he gets hyper if he see me taking pictures for the blog. Some days he just photobombs my pics. Like this one time.. Just see for yourself what he did last week!Smile

  This week you will see three or four new yummy recipes. We three were down with fever so couldn’t post anything last week. Today I have a simple, healthy and yummy Indian style 3 bean salad for you. To make things easier, you can use canned beans. You can have it as a snack or as a light healthy lunch/dinner. It will keep well for a couple of days in the refrigerator. I have plenty of other yummy salad recipes as well. Can’t wait to share them with you all.  Enjoy this recipe for now..Thanks again for all your encouraging comments!

Three Bean salad

Ingredients (Serves 3)

Rajma, cooked โ€“ 1/2 cup

Black eyed peas, cooked  โ€“ 1/2 cup

Chickpeas, cooked โ€“ 1/2 cup

Red onion / spring onion โ€“ 3 tbsp, finely chopped

Tomato โ€“ 1 medium-small, seeds removed and chopped

Cucumber โ€“ 1/2 medium, thinly sliced

Bell pepper โ€“ 1/4 cup, chopped

Cilantro โ€“ 3 tbsp, finely chopped

Mint leaves โ€“ 2 tbsp, finely chopped

Chilly powder โ€“ 1/2 tsp

Olive oil โ€“ 2 tsp (optional)

Lemon juice โ€“ 1 tbsp

Roasted cumin powder โ€“ 3/4 tsp

Chat masala โ€“ 1/2 โ€“ 3/4 tsp

Sugar / honey โ€“ 1/4 tsp or to taste

Salt and pepper โ€“ To taste


Combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl. Taste-check for salt. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature. You can top it  with sev and tamarind chutney just before serving, for an extra taste. Enjoy!

Bean salad - Indian Style

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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  • Eagerly waiting for more healthy Kerala style recipes like this. As year passes becoming more health conscious. And there are easy to make too. Thanks Maya.

  • Hi Maya,
    If you could please tell me what chat masala and sev and tamarind chutney are and how to make them? Thank you

  • Maya,came to the blog after a long time and so happy to see ur new recipes and the giveaways(though I missed it)…I am the one lucky lady who is privileged to be ur neighbor,after moving out from USA I understood how much I miss you and your food(specially ur kerala food)…Hope to see u soon…

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