Pico De Gallo

This is from Mexico.. Yes, after a very long time I am blogging about an international dish. It’s not that I am against international cuisine, it’s just that I keep blogging about the ‘everyday recipes’ that I don’t find time to try out other cuisines.

So what made me try this dish, you may ask. The scorching heat! I didn’t feel like having a spicy or even a non spicy side dish with Chapatti for lunch so I prepare Pico De Gallo as a side. The meal was fulfilling and I loved it.

If you are still wondering what I am talking about, you can rest. This is not any super duper dish. It’s a refreshing salad that is best when served chilled and takes just a few minutes to prepare.

You need:

1. Tomato - 2, deseeded and chopped finely
2. Onion - 1 small, chopped finely
3. Green chillies - 2 chopped
4. Lemon juice to salt
5. Salt to taste
6. A handful of coriander leaves to garnish

And the Steps:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl[except coriander leaves] and chill before serving!! Garnish with coriander leaves.

Yes, just one step!! This is the easiest salad ever. By now you must have understood that this is our Tomato onion salad with a Spanish name!!! Pica De Gallo is nothing but a fresh condiment made with tomatoes, onion and jalapeños. Sometimes lemon juice, coriander leaves, cucumber and radish may be used.

Did you know that Pico De Gallo means rooster beak in Spanish! Why the name ‘rooster beak’?? Some say that its is because of the use of beak shaped red chiilies. Other say its was originally eaten by hand using the thumb and fore finger and this action resembled the pecking of the rooster. Some all believe that it is a colloquial term for chicken feed as the condiments are finely chopped resembling the food given to chickens. What ever maybe the cause for such a name, it sure does taste great!!!

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