Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My balsamic vinaigrette

I had, in a moment of madness, bought a bottle of expensive balsamic vinaigrette from my local in and out store in the Petrol Pump at the Hazra - Lansdowne Crossing. And to top it, I had no clue what to do with it. Many many months later, last week, I stumbled upon an easy recipe and with moderate alterations, made my own balsamic vinaigrette! Since I needed enough for one to go with my boiled veggies - OK steamed veggies, the quantities are very tiny. But it can be proportionately increased or reduced (I did. The original quantities were quite large)!

You will need:

For the Vinaigrette
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (normal would do as well)
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic grated (you can reduce this amount if you want to)
  • A pinch dried oregano (actually I used a pinch of mixed herbs)
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste (although I used salt only)
How to:
Or what I did:
  • Put all the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Steamed assorted veggies - whatever you have at hand. I had beans, carrots, cauliflower, green peas. Drain.
  • Put in a lunch box. Carry to work. Pour the vinaigrette on the veggies during lunch and EAT!
Viola! And it was very tasty. Attested by my colleagues who are usually hesitant to sample my bland fare!