I had a minty lemonade when I was travelling in the Middle East. I wanted to try and imitate it. It cools you down on a hot summer day! Adjust the amount of mint to taste.
Mooli is the Hindi word for a large crunchy white radish that is used all over South and East Asia - known as daikon in Japan and by various names in China. It's sometimes available in bigger supermarkets, but you can buy it in any Asian supermarket.
A Japanese recipe for cucumbers marinated in vinegar, sugar, salt and ginger. So simple but so delicious!
This is a simple Asian-inspired cucumber salad with ginger and lime. Great for summer.
Bulgur wheat, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, spring onions with lots of parsley and mint, then tossed with olive oil and lemon juice in this fresh and light Middle Eastern salad. Chill before serving for best flavour.
This cool, refreshing blend of natural yoghurt, chopped cucumber, dill and garlic is a perfect accompaniment to lamb or rice, or both! Mint may be used in place of the dill.
Japanese soba (buckwheat) noodles are marinated in tamari, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar and chilli oil, then tossed with julienned carrots and red peppers for a delicious cold salad with an Asian touch.
This is a simple but delicious recipe for Kulfi (Indian ice cream) that I got from my sister-in-law. I have made this several times, and it always gets rave reviews - even the kids love it! For extra flavour, you could add a few drops of rose water or ground pistachios.
I like to serve this cool, refreshing raita with my Lamb Tagine, which you can find on this site. Make the salad early in the day and keep in the refrigerator to let the flavours blend and intensify. Add more mint to taste, but do not substitute dried mint; the flavour is just not the same.
A variation on the classic Middle Eastern salad, Tabbouleh, this delicious dish made with cracked wheat makes a healthy light lunch or supper.