Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Series : Garbanzo Picnic Salad

Summer Series Garbanzo/Chickpeas Salad
Yeah its summer, weather here in bay area has been so perfect that it seems like a crime to sit at home on the weekends. We had our first picnic of the season few weeks back with good friends and boy it was fun. Can't wait for our next one.Come summer with schools closed its time to take a chill pill and put the strict schedules of pick up and drop off,homework's,soccer practices and classes on shelf for some time. Looking forward to lots of picnics and tons of fun this summer.
Made this Garbanzo salad for the picnic, very simple and very filling best part it can be ahead of time and allow to chill or can be tossed right in the park for a crunchy texture.
Ingredients
1 cup chickpeas (soaked over night and pressure cooked with salt) or 1 canned garbanzo beans
1/2 cup very finely diced red onion
1/2 cup finely seed and diced cucumber
1/2 cup de seeded and finely diced tomatoes
1/2 cup peeled and finely diced raw mango
1/2 cup seeded and finely chopped red bell pepper ( you can use mixed colors here)
2-3 tbsp very very finely chopped chilies ( I use fresh red Thai chilies)
few sprigs of cilantro finely chopped
1-2 tbsp ginger very very finely chopped (optional)
For dressing
2 tbsp Chaat masala
2 tbsp fresh ground pepper ( adjust accordingly to choice)
1 tbsp amchur powder (dried mango powder)
1 tbsp rock salt/black salt
Juice of 1-2 lemons (depending on size of lemons)
salt according to taste

Process
1. Cut all the vegetables finely as mentioned (I usually like mine very finely chopped and of same size, it makes salad look very pretty)
2. add vegetable to boiled Garbanzo/chickpeas and toss well
3. mix all the dry ingredients and add to the the above and mix well
4. add lemon juice and salt and toss well.
Can be eaten at room temperature or cold,colorful ,healthy and very very filling.
Enjoy your summer everyone and have fun, don't forget your sunscreen .
This goes off to Susan's My Legume Love Affair, hosted this month by Annarasa and
Sunday Snacks-Spill the beans hosted by Priya of Akshayapaatram
Love,
Sreelu

2 comments:

Jaya Wagle said...

Sreelu,

The salad looks yummy and I know for a fact because I had it at a Bengali friend's house a few days before you posted your recipe. She had not put red bell peppers but something tells me they enhance the taste. :)
Will have to try it one of these days. Summers in Tx are not fun.

Priya said...

I've been planning picnics too, they are soo much fun :-) And this salad will also be perfect for the Sunday Snack event I am hosting this month. I would love to have it in the round-up.

 
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