Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad

Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad

Temperatures have dropped and feels more like late October. It reminds me that summer is going to say goodbye and slowly winter is about to creep in. Summer is so colorful, from glowing luminescence of fresh blooming flowers to fragrant and bright – colored vegetables, everything is in abundance. But in winters our focus changes to whatever veggies we have available.

With shorter days and early bedtime routines, I prefer healthy meals that require less cooking and more of mixing and chopping. In winters my meal plan start revolving around warm soup, salads and breads. Perfect meal for a cold, wintry days!! So today I bring you one of my favorite salad that is not only delicious and tasty, its protein – rich and is actually quite filling.

Healthy and refreshing chickpeas salad prepared with fresh veggies and tossed in a lemon- olive oil dressing. During winter months I’m going to be making more salads just like this one. Besides boiling the chickpeas/chole no actual cooking is required. If using store bought chickpea cans then there is no cooking required, drain the chickpea solution, wash and pat them dry. Chop veggies and toss them along with fresh herbs and spices.

Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad

This salad is extremely easy to make and very versatile. It taste delicious in any variation, may you add tomatoes, carrots or any other veggie of your choice – this salad is a winner. Best part is once everything is mixed up, natural juices from the fresh veggies and herbs makes it even more flavorful. Salad dressing gives chickpeas and veggies a perfect shine and a tangy flavor, but again it’s optional. If you prefer you can toast boiled chickpeas in oven or OTG, this will add extra crunch to the salad.

This salad can be prepared with black eyed peas (lobia). Except the texture and flavor of the beans nothing changes. Just before serving add crumbled paneer or feta cheese and you are good to go. If feta cheese or paneer is left out of the recipe then its a perfect VEGAN MEAL!!

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Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad

Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad
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Healthy and refreshing chickpeas salad prepared with fresh veggies and tossed in a lemon -olive oil dressing.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad
Votes: 5
Rating: 4.4
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Healthy and refreshing chickpeas salad prepared with fresh veggies and tossed in a lemon -olive oil dressing.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
20 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
CHICKPEA INGREDIENTS
  • 1 kg Chickpeas (2.2 lbs uncooked chickpeas)
  • 2 teaspoon Roasted cumin seeds (powdered)
  • 1.5 teaspoon Crushed red chili flakes or Red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon Dried mint leaves (crushed)
SALAD INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 small Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Red capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 medium Cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Green Capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves - to garnish
  • 3 tablespoon Paneer or Feta cheese (crumbled)
  • Salt to taste
SALAD DRESSING
  • 3 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Coarsely crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 4-5 leaves of Chopped Mint leaves
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METHOD
  1. Wash and soak chickpea overnight.
  2. In the morning, drain the water and wash again.
  3. Transfer the soaked chole to a pressure cooker and add enough water to cover the chole. Cook for 6-8 whistles or until chole are tender.
  4. Assemble rest of the ingredients.
  5. Add the boiled chana to a bowl. Mix in all the spices one by one.
  6. Give it a good toss.
  7. Do not add salt at this point.
  8. Assemble rest of the ingredients.
  9. When ready to serve. Heat up the chana/chicpeas and start adding ingredients one by one.
  10. As per one's preference you can add or subtract ingredients of your choice.
  11. Mix in all the ingredients.
  12. Add salt and adjust seasonings.
  13. Assemble the salad dressing ingredients.
  14. In a cup add all the ingredients and whisk it up.
  15. Add it to the salad.
  16. Mix until well blended.
  17. Enjoy it right away.
  18. You can either serve the salad in individual lettuce cups or papad cups. Yummy and healthy. For papad katoris/ bowls follow the link above.
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2 Responses

  1. sarla dilwali says:

    All the information has been very nicely explained. families would learn a lot by your quinova recpies ,chickpeas salads. mixing of beans to your taste makes the dish very tempting so everyone has her own tasty salad hot /or cold. please write where can we get Quinova ?
    thanks
    sarla

    • RK says:

      Thanks for your wonderful feedback Sarla. Glad you liked the recipes. Quinoa is readily available in any US grocery store. In India you can buy it online at Amazon.

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