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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
Ingredients
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

Method
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.

42 comments:

Happy cook said...

Wow they just look so beautifully stacked like that and love the purple cabbage going on thee.
Send it to click.

Parita said...

Wow looks so colorful!!

Poornima Nair said...

Wow..thats look beautiful n tempting.

Prathibha said...

Remember seeing similar to this some time back...good to see that beauty again..Loved the colors of potatoes..

sangeeta said...

it's beautiful...it can be a complete meal for me....more the color more the antioxidants and it has all kinds.

Varsha Vipins said...

I remember seeing this gorgeous in Saala's page..urs looks so pretty too dearie..:)

Pavithra said...

yasmeen really fantastic.. gr8 photo. thats healthy and complete meal..gorgeous looking loved it so so much

JASMINA said...

There's an award waiting for you on my BLOG :)!

Lisa said...

Well, this is certainly unique. Fantastic blend of flavours.

Gita said...

Thats a very healthy and colorful salad Yasmeen...love the way it looks all stacked up :)

Jen said...

A beautiful salad indeed,I'm impressed.

Superchef said...

love those colourful layers!!

Renu said...

very colorful dish..was wondering how would you eat, it is stacked, so how do you get the bits??
BTW, nice click !!!!

ARUNA said...

that's a gorgeous salad Yasmeen!!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

This is gorgeous - I love the idea of a stacked potato salad - all the layers are so delicious! Excellent creation!

notyet100 said...

lovely click,..stack of salad looks so yummy,...:-)

jayasree said...

what a pretty stacked salad.. even a non-lover of salads would readily dig into this..

Vegetation said...

That looks absolutely stunning!

Graziana said...

I love this recipe! And the purple cabbage is really astonishing. Thank you for sharing this with WHB!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Yes like everyone here says,its looking lovely and healthy too!

Sanghi said...

Yummy lovely click! Very healthy salad. Love the colours yasmeen..!

Preeti Singh said...

Very true,salad never looked so gorgeous before.very creative deco...

Kitchen Flavours said...

I too bookmarked this gorgeous salad from Veggiebelly blog......Hmm your salad pushes me to try it soon....

Soma said...

When i had seen this at veggie belly, the picture just sat in my mind. This is such a lovely stunner! I HAVE TO DO THIS, but i do not know if i will have the heart to break this & eat. I like ur use of sprouts.

even before i read thru' i was thinking stack! Great entry yasmeen.

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. that looks gorgeous! Colourful and lovely!

anudivya said...

Gorgeous, I remember seeing it on Sala's page and drooling. It looks so beautiful. She did a great job and so did you.
The pringle can idea is so cool! I don't have to buy a mould now.
Yay!

simmi said...

Me too loved the idea of reusing the can to put together gorgeous salad.

Curry Leaf said...

Wow,breath takingly beautiful.Love your work Yasmeen.Never heard of this or never ever looked at Peruvian cuisine.Wonderful.

Ann said...

beautifully arranged! looks so healthy and delicious

Subhie Arun said...

stunning...too colorful..beautifull....grt work n click yar...thx 4 sharin

DEESHA said...

nice click ..

Bharti said...

SO COOL! That looks gorgeous.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks so colorful, very beautiful photograph for the stack event.

Astra Libris said...

Such an incredibly beautiful dish!! I love your idea of using a Pringle can for the mold! :-)

Bergamot said...

Looks beautiful and with so many flavours, it surely must be tasty.

haleysuzanne said...

What a stunning presentation! I love the colors, and the flavors are pitch perfect, too. I can't wait to serve this.

Nazarina A said...

This is just spectacular!

My Little Space said...

Such a lovely recipe!

Sagacious said...

This looks brilliant, having had some delicious Peruvian food recently you have me hungry for more. I love all the colors, and can only imagine how good it tastes.

Jennifer Cote said...

Glad I found your recipe again- I want to try this! Love that presentation. Who can't love their veggies when it looks like this?!

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vegckry said...

The sweet potato dish looks colorful and delicious!

Here are some sweet potato recipes you might like:

http://www.vegrecipes4u.com/sweet-potato-yogurt-curry.html

http://www.vegrecipes4u.com/sweet-potato-recipes.html

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