Day 15 in the 2016 VeganMoFo: Multicolour – Fit as many colours as you can into one meal!
Tiffin carriers are a kind of lunch box used widely in South Asia. In Mumbai, there is a complex and efficient delivery system that delivers hot lunches packed in tiffins from restaurants or homes to people at work. There is a beautiful film called The Lunchbox in which a tiffin, delivered to the wrong person, has wide-reaching consequences! Tiffins usually come in two, three or four tiers. The bottom tier is the largest and is usually used for rice. In the layers above you might get a daal and a curry. In the top layer, I like to make a salad.
I first made this salad to take to my sister’s one Christmas to go with the various curries and Indian snacks she was cooking. It combines red chilli peppers, lime juice, fresh coriander and toasted cumin seeds with a variety of brightly coloured, seasonal fruit and vegetables. including mango, red peppers, red onion, tomato, red cabbage and pomegranate seeds for an extra splash of colour. It can be served with samosas and/or pakoras as a starter or light meal, could be used in a Thali or served with your favourite take-away. I’ve since made it for various friends when going round to their house for a take-away as it goes very well with curry. If you don’t have all the ingredients you can substitute other vegetables – just stick in whatever you fancy for a riot of colour and flavour.