Greek Salad and Feta Cheese in India

by Helene Dsouza on May 2, 2014

No words can describe how annoyed I am of the sticky Indian summer heat… It’s just too hot! So, please don’t  be surprised that the summer months are slowing down Masala Herb once again, but of course I am aching to cook properly soon! Anyway, today I am sharing one of the few dishes that I am actually preparing these days (because it’s just impossible to cook anything in this heat).

I mean seriously, we have been living on undressed raw fruits and veggies, mostly from the garden and untouched, just the way nature gifts it’s gems. Frequently I am also longing for diary products such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Acting as cooling agents, milk products make a great addition to veggies and also fruits.

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The northern parts of the Indian subcontinent are maybe a bit more famous for their cooling milk based summer treats such as Lassies, Kulfi and Faloodas. These are healthy classics which have survived time again and we obviously love them. However, even during summer time I get those crazy cheese cravings which I can’t stop. The problem is that eating cheese during the Indian summer period causes digestion problems and it also heats up the body, which is rather a torturing experience in the heat. Basically this means: No Mc & Cheese!

But cheese types such as Mozzarella and Paneer have been accepted by my stomach without a grumble and if you can remember, I shared a Couscous Paneer Salad with Lemon Dressing and everybody’s favorite a Caprese Salad a few weeks ago. These salads have noticeably a Mediterranean touch and remind you of acceptable and great warm days. Another such salad that will satisfy your cravings  includes the greek salad with feta cheese.

Feta is a white firm grainy cheese which has been produced from sheep and goat milk for many aeons in Greece, Turkey and also the Balkans. White cheese that has been made from cows milk can not be called Feta and in fact similar cow milk white cheese variations are also common under different names in the Mediterranean area. Feta cheese might sound exotic to some of us, but it has attracted lots of attention in Europe and that’s mostly due to the introduction of the Greek Salad.

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So what better way then to follow the foot steps of the past to introduce Feta cheese to my readers in India (and of course the rest of the world too but today it’s more about India). I am aware of the fact that Feta Cheese is not always available all over India, in fact it’s still very rare. Although I did notice a surge in homemade products and organic feta cheese from local (foreignes) small businesses in Goa, but to cater India you need more then a few packets of cheese…

I salute the ones who have been able to produce cheese in this wet tropical climate and we are all glad that they have motivated this country to try and indulge new food products. Some of the noticeable cheese heroes in Goa are ‘Swiss Happy Cow Cheese’ and ‘Baba Cheese’. So, keep an eye on those products because they might just pop up in your nearest grocery store if they maintain the current product quality.

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No doubt, Feta cheese produced locally always has a priority compared to imported cheese but of course it depends again where it originated and if it is highly branded. Some in Goa have been importing feta cheese from smaller farmers in Greece and those are usually known to be reliably tasty. On the other hand I and others have come across branded feta cheese, and mostly globally well known brands, which are not necessarily bad but most of those do lack the “freshness” and organic h0memade points which would turn me into a regular customer and fan of the product.

Feta Cheese is definitely available in the Indian metros and one can also buy it online, but to find artisan feta cheese might still be a trouble in cities such as Delhi and Bangalore. Have you, in your Indian city, come across homemade/organic quality feta cheese made in India? If yes, which has been your favorite? Please share your exciting food finds with us in a comment.

In the meantime I am sharing my take on the all famous Greek salad. Feel free to cut the veggies the way you want or just follow my way.

Useful info and topic related link tip! —> How to Make Feta Cheese (And WhyYou Shouldn’t) via NoshOn.it

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Greek Salad and Feta Cheese in India
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 2-3
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The Greek salad is a satisfying summer salad with fresh veggies, feta cheese and olives as stars.
Ingredients
For the Salad:
  • 5 medium sized Tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 small capsicum
  • 200 grams firm Feta cheese
  • about 10 olives (kalamata olives preferred if possible)
For the dressing:
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ Tablespoon Vinegar
  • pinch Salt
  • pinch Pepper
  • dried Oregano as garnish
Instructions
  1. Wash all your veggies. Cut your tomatoes into dice, peel the cucumber if needed and half the cucumber and cut into thin slice.
  2. Peel the onions and cut into thin rings and also cut the capsicum into rings.
  3. Cut your Feta into cubes and add all the ingredients including the olives into a salad bowl.
  4. For the dressing mix the olive oil vinegar, salt and pepper well.
  5. Cover your salad with the dressing and garnish with dried oregano.
  6. Best enjoyed cooled

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I am Helene, the author behind Masala Herb! My aim is to show you an incredible world full of surprises. Food, Culture and Travel are my forte and that's what I enjoy. Follow my Food and Travel adventures and learn some incredible things! Now in the beautifull Indian coastline state, Goa.

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Rosa

A delicious salad! That is something I love.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

I laughed at the Nosh on it link. I’ve made feta quite a few times and I’ve never had all that drama. I was funny though. :)

I’m sorry it’s so hot. Life WILL settle down for both of us very soon, I’m sure of it. :)
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Revati

Helene! Iv been looking for a close-to-authentic recipe for Greek Salad, that can use Indian feta cheese and now I’ve found it. Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to make it soon. Any idea if Swiss Happy Cow is available in Panjim? I dont recall having seen it. Do they have a website or FB page I can contact them at?
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Helene Dsouza

Hi Revati I am not sure if swiss happy cow feta cheese is available in panjim but it should, or so I think. I will ask and let you know!

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John@Kitchen Riffs

Although it should be getting warm here, it’s still pretty cool. But it’ll be blazing hot before long! So this will be so welcome. I love Greek salads — yours looks wonderful. Thanks.
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Choc Chip Uru

Loving this recipe, my favourite salad :D
Delicious job!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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Lizzy (Good Things)

Beautiful! Enjoy the warmth, it is so bitterly cold here!
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Angie@Angie's Recipes

A very delightful summer salad, Helene.
I can stand the hot summer, but not HOT and HUMID…that will kill me.
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Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook

Helene – how I would love to see some of that heat come our way – it has been a slow start to spring here in the NE US. This salad, I could eat every day of the year – some of my most favored flavors all in one place – yummy!
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Minnie@thelady8home

While I hate the cold here, I still would never choose Indian summers over it. It’s horrible, with no escape. I am sorry you are having to put up with it. Hope the cool winds blow soon. I have never developed a taste for feta, but I have friends who would love me for making this one.
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Vijay @ NoshOn.It

Thank you for linking to our feta cheese post Helene! Hope you have better luck than we did =)

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Helene Dsouza

Lol I think so I would maybe attempt making feta in europe but not in india. Anyway, I think its a great post with many insides and great info has to be shared. Thanks for stopping by vijay

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Kitchen Belleicious

one word! Fresh! it looks so fresh and delicious and perfect for a picnic!
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Madhvi

Amazing post helene. Absolutely drool worthy. The salad looks way too delicious and tempting. Must be a treat to taste buds.

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Lail | With A Spin

It’s getting scorching hot around here as well. Delightful and refreshing salad to cool off a bit.
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Purabi Naha

I know Helene, Indian summer is bad! And here in Mumbai, this time it is even hotter than the last year. Your salad looks gorgeous…feta cheese is very tasty but we buy these imported cheeses only occasionally, as these are too expensive here.

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Eva Taylor

Good feta is difficult to find even in Toronto, but I think we’ve finally found the right one. Any salad these delicious ingredients would be very well received in my house. I wish it would be a bit warmer in these parts, we even had a frost warning last night in cottage country.
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Joyti

You could send just a little of Indian heat here to San Francisco – it’s cold and overcast (and it’s spring!).

The salad looks delicious, and very, very refreshing.
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Helene Dsouza

Joyti I wish I could send some heat over to you ;-)
Thank you for your compliment :-)

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Terra

Normally it is blazing hot here in the South. This year has been weird, we have had more 80 degree F temps, so unusual. Hope you are able to find some relief from the heat soon. Your salad is a perfect treat during the Summer heat, and sounds fabulous! Hugs, Terra
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