Sweet and tart are the terms my husband used to describe this most healthy Indian chickpea salad with mango, spices and pomegranate seeds. Tangy chat masala pairs so well with the chickpeas and sweet tamarind and pomegranate seeds. Perfectly suitable for vegans as well as vegetarians, and if you serve this with rice (I am smitten right now with Jasmine rice) you are in for a balanced and satisfying meal. Easy to assemble once you are done the chopping and fight with the mango, this is one fine salad that would go well with almost any Indian entrée. If you want to fill out the meal, considering serving with some homemade rotis.
This salad is not too spicy and so might be a good introduction to dinner guests that are not used to many of the more fiery dishes so common to India. Decent quality chat masala blends are easily available at Indian and most Asian grocers, but I highly recommend making your own homemade spice powders when possible. The chat masala for this recipe I blended myself, and as for ground coriander the best way to make your dishes special and especially pleasing is to grind up your own coriander seeds as well. I've adapted this recipe from 1,000 Indian Recipes by Neelam Batra.
This is also my submission to this month's My Legume Love Affair, an ongoing event celebrating legumes that was created by lovely Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook and hosted this month by Heather of Girlichef.
|Chickpea Salad with Chat Masala, Mango and Pomegranate Seeds|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from 1,000 Indian Recipes
Published on March 26, 2012
A sweet, tart and zesty chickpea salad that's colorful and easy to put together
Other chickpea salads you are sure to enjoy from my vegetarian kitchen:
Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Chat Masala
Chickpea Salad with Tamarind Dressing
Chickpea Salad with Goat Cheese, Olives and Arugula
Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Lemon and Tahini