Indian Chickpea Salad is a delicious and healthy dish made with chickpeas, fresh vegetables, and a tangy lime dressing seasoned with Indian spices. This flavorful salad is also known as Kabuli Chana Salad.
This refreshing chickpea salad is high in protein, fiber, and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. It is the perfect combination of taste and health benefits. It is a delicious addition to any meal and makes a great starter or side dish or a wholesome meal on its own.
This Indian Chickpea Salad Recipe is
The best part about this salad is that it requires no fancy ingredients and can be made with items from your pantry.
I prefer to include chickpea often in our menu in varieties of forms such as chana masala, chana pulao or chickpea rice, and definitely in the form of salad. In addition to this simple salad, you can discover several salad recipes online that include chickpeas as a primary ingredient. But for now, just scroll down the post and learn how to make the easiest chickpea salad.
Chickpeas: The key ingredient of this recipe is chickpea or Kabuli chana.
Vegetables: I have used cucumber, onion, tomato and coriander leaves in this salad. I prefer to use English cucumber over regular cucumber. You can also use cherry tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes. If you enjoy salad, try adding a few mint leaves to make it more refreshing.
Others: Apart from the above ingredients, I have used black salt, chaat masala powder, crushed black pepper and lemon juice.
It takes time to prepare Indian chickpea salad from scratch. Wash and soak the dried chickpeas overnight and later drain the water, pressure cook them for at least 4-5 whistles or until tender.
Later allow to release the pressure and drain the water. Now cool the chickpeas before using them in salad.
In a large mixing bowl, combine boiled chickpeas, chopped cucumber, onions, tomatoes, and coriander leaves. Season with salt and ground black pepper and fresh lime juice. Sprinkle little bit of chaat masala powder on top. Toss everything together well and serve right away.
As this salad is inspired by Indian cuisine, the salad dressing is simple lemon juice and seasoned with salt and pepper. However, you can also add olive oil with lemon juice.
Interestingly, if you like your salad to be a little spicy, you may add chopped green chilli.
Make Ahead & Storage
Instead of making Indian Chickpea Salad from scratch, you can boil chickpeas ahead of time in a large batch and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
You can quickly prepare this salad whenever you want it by taking the boiled chickpeas out of the refrigerator, combining them with the other ingredients, add lemon juice, seasonings and serve immediately.
This salad is best eaten fresh, but leftover chickpea salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
- Always use fresh vegetables for salad.
- If you are making chana salad from scratch do not forget to soak dried chickpea overnight.
Canned chickpeas are precooked and ready to serve. If you use canned chickpeas, then you can make this salad quickly. Rinse canned chickpeas with water before using them in your salad. Rinsing helps to cut the salt content of the chickpeas. Be careful when adding salt to your salad if you're using canned chickpeas.
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Indian Chickpea Salad
- 1½ cups Boiled Chickpeas
- ½ cup Cucumber chopped
- ½ cup Onion chopped
- ¼ cup Tomato
- 2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Black Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Chaat Masala Powder
- 2 tablespoon Coriander Leaves chopped
- In a large mixing bowl, combine boiled chickpeas, chopped cucumber, onions, tomatoes, and coriander leaves.
- Add freshly squeezed lime juice, salt, and black pepper for seasoning. Add some chaat masala powder.
- Toss everything together well and serve right away.
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