Saturday, February 16, 2013

Potato Salad with Ginger & Lemongrass | Comfort Goes One Up

I love spuds and this fact has been repeated several times here. I also love trying several salads with spuds . Ofcourse, potatoes are full of carbs and mostly a no no to people on diets , but still once in a while you have to have your comfort. Especially this one which I recently tried out with lemongrass dressing from here. Compared to the mayo rich traditional American potato salads or even the sourcream/yogurt based ones , this one is much more lighter. It was also awesome and different and perfectly vegan as well. Basically it was like taking your comfort food one step higher. It was easy to make and was perfect as a side salad or even as a starter. 

Ingredients:
Potatoes: 2 peeled & chopped into pieces
Cilantro Fresh: few tbsp + more for garnish

Dressing:
Sesame Oil: 1 tbsp
Lemongrass: 1-2 stems finely chopped

Rice vinegar: 2-3 tsp
Lemon Juice: 1-2 tsp (optional)

Fresh Ginger: 1-2 tbsp minced
Chilli Paste /Chilli Sauce/finely chopped green chillies : 1 tsp +

Salt & Pepper: as per taste

Preparation: 
Boil water in a deep pan with  salt and add the potato pieces. Cook until fork tender. Drain and keep aside.

Heat sesame oil in a pan and add lemongrass to it. Remove from heat and let it sit for few minutes so that the oil is flavoured.

Add in fresh ginger, rice vinegar, lemon juice,chilli sauce, little salt & pepper. Whisk in till it emulsifies. 

Add in the drained potatoes along with few tbsp of cilantro. Toss gently and adjust the salt and seasonings. 

Garnish with more cilantro and serve as a side salad.


Here I have used both lemon juice and vinegar. You can opt for either or both. I am not a big fan of sesame oil and I wanted to avoid its taste in the dressing. Hence I added lemon juice also. Also you can add another stem of  lemon grass if you want it to be predominant. It gives a subtle flavour when consumed and this is followed by fiery heat of the ginger.Adjust the ingredients as per taste.

The salad reeks of comfort in general. It also goes well as a filling for sandwiches & wraps and a topping for canapes. Comforting salad which is taken one step higher.

The salad also goes to NCR:Potato Salads at Tinned Tomatoes.




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