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Paneer, Peas, Corn Salad in Tomato Baskets

Salad_ in_Tomato_Baskets_1 Salads are our family’s favorite item. Especially during festive time when I am busy, attending family’s need is also a must. Therefore, for quick and healthy cooking, salads are my choice. During Festive time, I avoid onion in salads. This salad I prepare often, as my family likes paneer, peas and corn very much. I tried to garnish it for Nithya – Pavithra’s Innovative In-Laws “Garnish the Dish” event.

To prepare this salad I took 15 minutes. However, for carving vegetables, it took 2 hours, as we are not masters in this art. Finally, I took my daughter’s help; she only did the vegetable carvings successfully. This salad contains corn to substitute carbohydrate, paneer and peas for protein substitute and tomato, carrot, cucumber for vegetable substitute.

Serves: 4

Cooking time: 15 minutes other than garnishing


  • Fresh Paneer – 200 gm
  • American sweet corn and frozen peas mixed – 1 cup
  • Carrot – 1 no
  • Capsicum – you need only a small piece for carving leaf
  • Cucumber – 1 no
  • Lemon – 1 no
  • Tomato – 4 no
  • Roasted cumin powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Chat masala – ½ tea spoon (optional)
  • Salt – as per your choice
  • Cooking oil – ½ tea spoon

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Step 1

  • Wash, peel cucumber and carrot; do carvings as shown; wash tomato and do the carvings like basket; do carving in capsicum like leaves; make a rose with tomato skin.

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Step 2

  • Boil corn and peas with little salt, drain and keep; cut paneer into small pieces; mix paneer pieces, boiled peas, corn, oil, salt, cumin powder, pepper powder, chat masala and lemon juice; toss and keep.

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  • Now fill tomato baskets with salad, arrange as you like and serve.

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  • Use sharp knife for carving.
  • Do not attempt carving vegetables if you are in a hurry.

Logo5 This post is part of the event “Garnish the Dish” organised by Nithya and Pavithra.

Update: October 15

Thanks to Innovative In-Laws for selecting and giving an award “Winner: In-Laws Choice” to this post.


{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Nithya September 28, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Wow. The decoration is stunning :)

  • Nithya September 28, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Thanks for sending it to my event :)

  • Priya September 29, 2009, 1:09 pm

    Woww such a gorgeous dish, beautiful decoration yaar!

  • sireesha October 1, 2009, 10:53 am

    The decoration is stunning ,gorgeous and superb…

  • Rohini October 15, 2009, 12:26 pm

    Hearty Congratulations buddy, for your winning at “Garnish the Dish” Event.. !! Your garnish looks simply amazing!! Thanks for the step by step presentation :)
    You have a great site, Following you!! :)

  • Kamala October 15, 2009, 10:10 pm

    Congratulations to you too Rohini. You have a great site too. Thank you.

  • rubi December 31, 2009, 5:24 pm

    this garnish decoration is awsome

  • gunja kesarwani February 7, 2012, 11:26 pm

    sir can i learn all the points to make a great salad decoration

  • Nirmal Patel December 14, 2012, 2:58 pm

    itz a great 1………..

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