Monday, August 30, 2010

A trip to Switzerland... and Rösti with Papaya Salad!

We just got back from a trip to Switzerland - spending a whole week in the Swiss alps. I feel totally rejuvenated and happy. The beautiful mountains, the lakes, the greenery... oh it was simply awesome!

We enjoyed the nature, took lots of long treks and of course, freaked out on the food - lots of fresh vegetables and fruits and cheese. And not to forget the amazing swiss chocolate, especially the delicious and heavenly chocolate truffle (well, just one day of indulgence in an otherwise very healthy trip!)... my mouth waters as I write this.

Well, today's recipe is not that chocolate pastry but another very typical swiss speciality, Rösti, a Swiss potato dish that can be combined with a number of toppings (or just eaten plain). Of course, this is my take on the Rösti, and a little different from the ones you would find in a typical Swiss restaurant...





Ingredients


For the Rösti


4 -  medium size potatoes, peeled and grated
1 - onion medium size, finely chopped
1/4 cup - bread crumbs (more or less)
2 inch piece - ginger, grated
1/4 tsp -pepper powder (more or less)
salt to taste
olive oil to pan fry


For the Papaya Salad 


2 cups - raw papaya,peeled and grated
2 - green chilli, slit through the middle, seeds removed
1/2 of a medium size red chilli, cut into rounds
1 tsp - sunflower oil
1/4 tsp - mustard seeds
1/4 tsp - turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste


Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, when they begin to splutter, add the chillies and turmeric powder. Add the grated papaya and salt and cook for a couple of minutes and keep it aside.
  2. Squeeze out the excess water from the grated potatoes. 
  3. Place the grated potatoes, onions, bread crumbs, ginger, pepper powder and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Take a little portion of the potato mixture, make a ball and gently flatten it.
  5. Sprinkle a few drops of oil on a non stick pan and pan fry the rösti on a low flame till both the sides are evenly golden. 
  6. Place the rosti on a serving dish, top it with the papya salad, garnish it with the chillies and serve. 





The chillies turned out to be too hot for me, so my hubby had my portion of chillies too! :-)



Sending this to Pari's "ONLY" Kids Delight


Enjoy!

61 comments:

  1. I love these rosti! Look awesome!

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  2. You are one food blogger whose post i wait for rashmi...

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  3. My dream place is Swiss...:) rosti looks so tasty and tempting

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  4. yummy yum yum...looks awesome

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  5. The rosti looks delicious! Papaya salad is a very unique concept, but sounds very tasty!

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  6. Rashmi, this looks delicious and love the combination. The texture and the flavour of mild papaya should contrast well with the crunchiness of the rosti.

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  7. wow ..rosti looks delicious...drooling...1st time to your wonderful space... do visit mine at your convenience..following you..

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  8. Oh noes, you came to Switzeland? We could have met for a tea and snacks :-( Next time, maybe?
    These mini-röstis looks yummy! I love the addition of ginger and the papaya topping! Photos are awesome, as usual!
    I had made some "fusion röstis" with indian spices a couple of months ago:-)

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  9. hi. Rosti I love too and a mild papaya salad combo with it is just perfect.
    If u want u can send it to my event too, kids would love it.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  10. Looks so perfect..loved the pappya salad on it.

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  11. Rosti is one of my fav too..love the papaya salad on top!!

    http://usmasala.blogspot.com

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  12. wow what a lovely place to be..a real heaven on earth...nice to know you had a great time rachana...and thats a beautifully presented salad,looks too good

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  13. Oh, Wow! Swiss alps.. My dream destination:)
    Would have loved to see some pics!
    And my mouth waters... As I read this..fabulous!
    Welcome Back Rachana:)

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  14. Nice to know that u had a great time..salad looks tempting and nice presentation!

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  15. Awesome. Salad with papaya sounds unique

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  16. Rosti looks awesome. Thanks for sharing with us the Swiss Experience.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  17. WOW..Switzerland..one of my dream destination to visit..great to know that you guys had wonderful time...would love to see some of your photography or lovely pics from there..

    Rosti with papaya salad looks fabulous..very tempting pics..

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  18. Wow, One week in Switz Alps I am J :) Love your take on Rosti and idea of serving it with papaya salad. Yumm and Gorgeous.

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  19. I've no doubt you had a great time in Switzerland. By the way your rosti's look fab.

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  20. Wow Zurich!
    That's was one hell lotta beauty. I just loved the moment I landed. I am sure you would have loved the Alps, choco and coffee.

    This dish looks absolutely delicious. Nice click!

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  21. Rosti, my all time fav..beautiful dish with awesome salad, hope u had a great time..

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  22. What a lovely dish. This is one of my favorite potato dishes and yours looks wonderful with the salad on top. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  23. Papaya salad with the red/green chillies is the show stopper ! :)
    Lovely clicks!

    http://sinfullyspicy.wordpress.com

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  24. Great to know u had a nice time in Switzerland! The salad looks delicious!

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  25. Looks a bit like cutlets rach..Swiss twist with chilies on top?

    Post some pic of the alps too next time if possible...and dont forget..my baking from book event is waiting for a gorgerous entry from you..

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  26. You are inspiring me to cool. Everything here is amazing!

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  27. You know I make the exact same thing...but with one difference...

    instead of grated potato, I use grated zucchini.
    you just have to salt, drain and squeeze the vegetable out...but it is so good to eat!!!

    thanks for stopping by...glad you had a nice time away!

    ciao bella

    CREATIVE CARMELINA

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  28. Lovely delight. Papaya salad is a new twist with cutlets. Wonderful.

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  29. wow a trip to Switzerland sounds so cool!! thanks for stopping by earlier...

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  30. Nice to read you had wonderful time in Switzerland! Love the healthy topping and a nice twist with cutlets!! Looks colorful also.

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  31. Thats awesome! Nice recipe,pictures look great!

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  32. These look very elegant! Awesome!

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  33. These rosti look delicious. I should taste the salad as well. Wonderful!

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  34. oh wow! This would make such an elegant appetizer! A raw papaya salad on rosti is indeed very innovative. Superb clicks!!

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  35. Rosti looks fabulous and delicious. You have presented very beautifully. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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  36. the dish looks very awesome with ur nice clicks.well presented and no doubts kids will love this

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  37. a rare combination indeed! nice clicks n presentation

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  38. Wow rachna, my mouth is watering....amazing dish and great clicks...very tempting...hey hope yu had an amazing time in the beautiful country...

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  39. Swiss Alps! wow your very lucky :)
    And this looks delicious! minus the chillis for me please :)

    Rose

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  40. Wonderful to know you had a lovely trip to the Alps. I wish to go there one day, too. The rosti with papaya salad looks very delicious...mmm

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  41. nice clicks,
    but...
    i wud think twice before trying...
    but...
    i wud try for sure...

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  42. Hi Rachana

    Coming here for the first time, and loved your blog!

    Munchen is a very beautiful city, I visited it last year and enjoyed very much!

    Hope to come back here, to see your delicius

    Nice to meet you,

    Renata Boechat
    www.eternosprazeres.blogspot.com.br
    Brasil

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  43. salad sounds really unique and the plate looks inviting. first time here. Check out mine if uget a chance

    http://iyercooks.blogspot.com

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  44. good to hear u had a wonderful time in swiss.
    nice clicks..looks so delicious..

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  46. Hey rachana,glad to know that you had a great time at swiss .Rosti looks fabulous with papaya salad on top .Beautiful pics dear.

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  47. Glad you had a great vacation..Simply superb and great click too..

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  48. I remember watching this recipe on travel and living channel. they topped it with fried meat but am loving your version of raw papaya salad. looks wonderfully light and drool worthy.

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  49. Rosti looks delicious n love the combo with papaya salad

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  50. Glad that you enjoyed Swiss :-) One the countries we would love to visit again :-)
    The rosti with papaya salad looks fantastic

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  51. A trip to the Swiss Alps is what sounds like the ultimate summer break!! hoping to see some pictures for our virtual trip :-)

    These are a lovely combo. Love the sound of the raw papaya salad.

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  52. Switzerland..wake me up middle of the night and take me switzerland..I'll come in my PJs..;) been so many times there..never enough...love rosti too..I add cheese and brocolli ..

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  53. Rosti sounds easy and interesting!!I must try papaya salad also

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  54. A fabulous bite! The papaya salad sounds terrific atop the rosti! Your vacation must have been so fantastic!

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  55. Hi,

    A fabulous recipe!!salads are great!!!

    Sameena@
    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  56. yumm everything looks delicious! ;)
    I'm glad you had fun!
    XoXo

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  57. Hey First time here...yummilicious blog ...love to visit often :) Do visit my space !!

    Lavanya

    www.lavsblog.com

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  58. New to me ,but it looks very tastier and yummm

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  59. A lovely dish complemented with beautiful pictures! Thanks for participating in DMBLGIT - Sept. edition:). Wish you the very best!

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