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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Peruvian Causa ,a layered Potato and Vegetable Salad
Potato salad never looked so gorgeous before,I was overwhelmed to see this kaleidoscopic salad at Veggie belly.Causa is a Peruvian layered salad served as an appetizer,made using a variety of potatoes and other vegetables.
I stacked mine with pretty much what I had in hand.The tomato layer is the spiciest and rest of the layers are mildly flavored.And unbelievably I didn't buy any special mold , but reused the tall Pringle can,halved it for an open end on both sides,the smooth interior worked out very well for a mold.
Thanks to Veggie Belly I learned to stack a potato salad with a wholesome makeover :>
Makes 4 stacks about 8inches tall & 4inches wide
Spicy tomato Layer
4 plum red tomatoes,chopped
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of turmeric
2 clove garlic,chopped
1 tablespoon chick pea flour(besan)
1 teaspoon coriander powder(Dhania)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Heat the oil on medium heat,add the garlic ,after few seconds add the chopped tomatoes and spices.cover and cook until tomatoes are tender,about 10 minutes.Season with salt,then stir in the flour,keep stirring until completely mixed and cook for another 6-7 minutes until mixture is thicken.Allow to cool.
Vegetable Layer 1 White potatoes
boil or bake 1 big or 2 medium potatoes, until cooked through.Peel and mash,season with salt and pepper.keep aside.
Vegetable Layer 1 -Purple Cabbage
Finely chop or coarsely grind in a food processor 2 cups of cabbage .
Vegetable Layer 2- Edamame
coarsely grind 2 cups cooked edamame ,mix with teaspoon of lime juice.
Vegetable Layer 3 -Sweet Potatoes
Boil or Bake 1 big or 2 medium sweet potatoes ,peel ,mash, season with salt and mix with some spices like coriander powder if desired.
To Assemble the layers
Place the mold on a serving plate.Assemble them in any order but make the top and bottom layer as a layer of potato or a firm layer.Take the about a 2 tablespoon of sweet potato and spread on the bottom.Over this spread 2 tablespoon of edamame,gently press down each layer.Next spread 2 tablespoon of cabbage ,then 2 tablespoon of white potato and finally the spicy tomato layer.
To unmold,slowly lift the mold ,don't panic if the stack doesn't unmold smoothly,as it happened with mine,lightly push it down on to the plate.Serve with some sprouts or Veggie belly's creamy avocado dressing.I figured this salad also made a good dip with baked chips.
This Unusually healthy Potato salad is now a part of Weekend Herb Blogging #188,host this week is Graziana at Erbe in Cucina(Cooking with Herbs)
And the stack is in for Click- Stack Photography event at Jugalbandi.