I conceived a potato beetroot salad from my trip to Croatia!
Game of Thrones, Islands, Zinfandel, National Parks….. were the internet researched impressions I had on my mind when I planned my trip to Croatia in the summer of July’16.
I also browsed about Croatian food and all I got was pictures of Octopus….. being a vegetarian my gourmet dreams broke : (
Many Croatian food plates later I must say “never trust internet entirely, experience your own”. Croatian cuisine is primarily around seafood but you will never fall short of tasting Croatian flavors on a veggie plate. I enjoyed my culinary experience in Croatia so much that it even inspired me to invent a potato beetroot salad recipe. But firstly, check out my very veggie plates in Croatia!
The simplicity of Croatian cooking appealed to my culinary senses the most. Croatians treat just any piece of food meat, fish or veggies with 3 ingredients – Olive oil, garlic and rosemary….. and Grill it. Like I said…. Simple!
Several times while eating at restaurants in Croatia or talking to locals, they shared their perspective with me about Croatian v/s Indian cooking…. “We Croatians like the food with simple flavors, but not like spicy curry”. Its a critical perspective but respectably shared by friendly Croatians. Well, point well taken. For my next Dalmatian – Indian fusion potato beetroot salad “Underground Brothers”, I am keeping it simple.
The first brother Beetroot, is cooked with 3 favorite Croatian ingredients – Olive oil, garlic and rosemary.
For the second brother Potato, to synchronize the simplicity I chose the Indian recipe Jeera Aloo (Cumin Potatoes), a simple household recipe with 3 classic Indian cuisine ingredients – Ghee (clarified butter), cumin and coriander leaves.
Finally, to contrast the modest and sweet flavors of beetroot and potato I topped the salad with a sweet and sour pineapple salsa dressing and a tiny load of feta cheese.
Recipe by Shikha Singh