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Indian Style Chickpea Salad
21 Feb, 2022

Indian Style Chickpea Salad

Healthy eating consists of eating meals that are high in quality proteins, carbs, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and water while avoiding processed foods, saturated fats, smoking and alcohol. Eating in this way helps you maintain your body’s daily functioning, supports a healthy weight and can help you avoid sickening. One such dish that will help you with the same, presenting to you- Indian Style Chickpea Salad.

Indian chickpea salad is a protein-packed, quick and easy salad with a tangy lime dressing and lots of vegetables. This simple salad, also known as chana salad or chickpea masala salad, is so fulfilling and satisfying that it can also be eaten as a meal.

Today, we at HaveRaw will share the recipe for a protein-packed easy Chickpea salad from India with you.

INGREDIENTS

Herbs: Mint and Cilantro leaves are the most commonly used herbs for Indian salads but you can go for any.
Seasonings: Roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, red chili powder, salt, and ground black pepper.
Chickpeas: Although home-cooked chickpeas are preferable for salads or any Indian meal, canned chickpeas can also be used.
Potato cubes (boiled): Adding potatoes is optional. Sweet potatoes can also be used in the place of potatoes.
Vegetables: This salad’s main ingredients are onion, tomato, and cucumber. Other veggies that can be utilised include radish, carrot, and bell pepper.
Lime juice: For extra flavour, lime zest can also be used.
Green Chilli Pepper: Use a spicy kind of green chili pepper. A jalapeno can also be added. Remove the seeds or choose a less spicy kind if your chili tolerance is poor.

HOW DO YOU BOIL CHICKPEAS IN YOUR OWN HOME?

  • Soak the dried chickpeas for at least 7 hours or overnight in water.
  • Put the chickpeas in a pressure cooker with water 1 inch over the level of the chickpeas after 7 hours.
  • Cook for 5-6 whistles, or until chickpeas are tender but not mushy. Allow the pressure to entirely release before opening the pressure cooker’s lid. If there is any leftover water, either toss it or save it for a future stew.
  • Allow the chickpeas to come to room temperature before adding them to the salad.

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PROCESS

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 5
Calories: 145kcal

  • 1.5 cup boiling chickpeas (or canned chickpeas)
  • 1 cup cubed cooked potatoes
  • 1 finely sliced tiny red onion
  • 1 coarsely sliced small tomato
  • 1 finely sliced small cucumber
  • 1/2 finely chopped green chile peppers
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, fresh (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered roasted cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder taste and adjust seasonings
  • Ground black pepper for taste
  • Season with pink Himalayan rock salt for taste

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INSTRUCTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
Toss.
Seasoning should be checked and adjusted if necessary. Enjoy!

NOTES

Before using canned chickpeas in the salad, rinse them with water and pat them dry with a clean dish towel.
If you are using an Indian cucumber or another cucumber species with a firm skin and seeds, peel it and remove the seeds.
Below, there are more detailed recipe suggestions and tricks. To create this recipe, please follow these instructions.

STEPS TO MAKE INDIAN STYLE CHICKPEA SALAD

This is a very simple chickpea salad recipe. Just follow the steps for this high protein breakfast:

  • Boil the chickpeas. Follow the steps mentioned above. Home-made chickpeas are much better and fresher.
  • Boil potatoes, peel them and chop evenly.
  • Finely chop all the vegetables, herbs, and green chilies.
  • Put all these ingredients in a large bowl, mix and toss.

NUTRITION

Chickpeas are super healthy and are the best way to add plant-based protein to your simple salad.
They add a lot of protein and fibre.
Iron, zinc, phosphorus, and B vitamins are all abundant in them.
Chickpeas, according to experts, may also aid weight loss.
They aid with blood sugar regulation (the starch in chickpeas is digested slowly resulting in stabilised sugar levels).

Below is a chart of the detailed nutritional value found in this salad:

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fibre: 7g | Sugar: 6g

RECIPE TIPS AND TRICKS

If you overcook the chickpeas, they will get mushy. The chickpeas should keep their shape but be able to be squeezed between two fingers easily.
If you decide to add canned chickpeas to the salad, drain the liquid and rinse the chickpeas.
Soak chickpeas well in boiling water to speed up the soaking process.
If you’re making this salad with Persian or English cucumber, there’s no need to peel it. If you’re using Indian cucumber, peel it first because the skin is tough. Remove the seeds from the Indian cucumber before adding them to the salad if they are hard as well.
You can also add diced raw mangoes or avocado for smoothness and tanginess.
In your wraps or buddha bowls, you can use the leftover chickpea salad.

Did you know?

Chickpea salad stays nicely in the refrigerator for a couple of days, which makes it ideal for your next-day meal preparation. Put-in a few drops of lemon juice so that it will keep the avocados from browning, and the flavour will also improve as the ingredients would combine well in the fridge. To preserve, cover the salad with plastic wrap directly on the surface and refrigerate any leftovers. To keep the cucumbers and tomatoes from softening, add the salt right before serving.

Chickpeas are excellent for your health and the best part is that you can make them quickly without any compromise to the nutritional value of your diet. We recommend you prepare this salad on a frequent basis if you are looking forward to maintaining your weight for a longer period. We hope you enjoy cooking this. Let us know your experience with Indian Style Chickpea Salad in the comments below. For more such healthy recipes, stay tuned with our Raw Talks.

We at HaveRaw believe that your healthy diet can turn into a healthy lifestyle just by being aware of the natural and organic products around you. You can definitely consider switching to them and feel the change overall. However, before bringing any major substitute in your dietary habits, do consult your doctor for the same to avoid any unforeseen situation. Happy Cooking!

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