Nov 9, 2014

Chole Kachumber Salad

Hearty, nourishing, vibrant, colourful. These are the descriptions that come to my mind as I think of the salads we make often at our home. And I am talking about vegetarian salads here. No, we do not miss the meat in salads or in anything else for that matter. Actually nobody would.
If we know how to bring together a medley of textures, colours, aromas and flavours, we can create amazing fresh, healthy salads for ourselves with just about as few or as many ingredients.
Salads such as these can be rustled up and forked down with guilt-less relish. At any time of the day. As part of a meal. As a meal in itself. As a filler between meal times. As a post workout snack. As an after school snack. …
Which is why I stock some soaked and cooked beans such as mung, brown or green chana (varieties of chickpeas), rajma (red kidney beans) or lobia (black eyed beans) in my freezer. They come in handy to spruce up a salad like this one.
I am calling this as chole – kachumber salad. It also closely resembles ‘Balilah’, a salad from Middle Eastern or Moroccan cuisine which is centred around chickpeas too. Here is the recipe for my chole – kachumber  salad.
Luscious colourful salad
  • Does NOT contain lactose, soya, gluten, nuts.
Preparation Time* – 15-20 minutes + 30 minutes chilling, Cooking Time – nil, Serves – 4-6.
You Need
Cookware – Steel/glass mixing bowl, Knife, Grater
  1. 1 cup of cooked chickpeas/kabuli chana
  2. 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  3. 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  4. 1/2 cup diced/grated cucumber**
  5. 1/2 cup grated  carrots
  6. 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  7. A few lettuce leaves torn by hand (optional)
  8. 1 tbsp chopped parsley OR 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  9. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  10. 1 tsp sesame oil
  11. Salt and pepper to season
To Assemble
  1. To make the dressing, mix salt, pepper, oil and lemon juice. Whisk well and set aside.
  2. Prepare all the vegetables as mentioned for the salad.
  3. **Peel and core the cucumber if you find it has big seeds. Then chop or grate as preferred.
  4. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, drizzle the seasoning. Add salt and pepper. Toss well.
  5. Chill for half an hour before serving.
* The preparation time is lesser only if you have cooked chana ready. Else, you may have to soak and cook ahead to use for the salad.  In that case, allow for 8 hours Soaking Time + 1 hour Cooking Time.
Single serve bowls of salad
High protein snack - chole kachumber salad

1 comment:

Maha Gadde said...

this is very healthy n tummy filling