Make Ahead

Root salad

September 21, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes 1.5 - 2 cup
Author Notes

The original recipe was one of my dad's signature dish. Like Thanksgiving turkey leftovers popping up in a kitchen near you during the first week of December, this bright cheerful salad was made at home with clockwork precision annually during the third week of January. Reason: 15th of January marks the harvest festival of Pongal & Makar sankaranthi, commemorating the winter soltice, Makar = goat = the zodiac sign of capricorn) and homes are stocked with freshly harvested ginger and turmeric to ring in prosperity. Kind of like decorating with ears of corn during fall, I guess..
The key ingredient here is the tender ginger root that flavors the entire salad without the overpowering spiciness that characterizes the more mature root that is used in everyday cooking. If you can get your hands on some fresh turmeric root and mango ginger, which is actually a relative of turmeric with the aroma of raw mango (which is pretty much available year round in Indian grocery stores), go for it, else forget the turmeric family, the powdered spice has no place here!) —Panfusine

What You'll Need
  • The root salad
  • 1/2 cup grated tender ginger root
  • 1/2 cup carrot, peeled & grated
  • 1/2 cup golden beet, peeled & grated
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh turmeric root and mango ginger (if available, else omit)
  • Juice of 1 fresh lime
  • 1/4 - 1/2 jalapeno, deseeded & julienned
  • Kosher Salt to taste (~ 1/2 tsp)
  • The tempering
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafetida powder (optional)
  1. Combine the grated Carrots, golden beets & ginger in a bowl with the julienned jalapeno (feel free to up the jalapeno if you have the tolerance). Add the salt & lime juice & toss lightly.
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil, add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds sputter, remove from fire and add the asafetida, stir well & drizzle over the salad. Mix and allow to rest for 1/2 hr to allow the flavors to combine. Serve cold.

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6 Reviews

wssmom September 25, 2011
Oh, this is just lovely! And what a great photo!
Panfusine September 25, 2011
Thanks wssmom!
boulangere September 22, 2011
I agree - a lovely lightness. And beautiful.
Panfusine September 22, 2011
Thanks Boulangere!
Panfusine September 21, 2011
Thanks HLA, it sure is...the health aspect, especially when using the fresh turmeric is really fabulous, since turmeric root is a great anti inflammatory & anti oxidant ingredient!
hardlikearmour September 21, 2011
This is really elegant and healthy! Seems like a perfect addition to a holiday meal, especially since they tend to be heavy.