Monday, 7 January 2013

Chana Salad or Chickpeas Salad

Whether you call it a chickpea or a garbanzo bean, there's no question that chickpeas are a healthy addition to any diet. Chickpeas are naturally low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. Eating chickpeas regularly can help you manage your weight, boost intestinal health and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Tinned chickpeas are fine, but fresh boiled ones are slightly higher in vitamins and minerals. Both are equally good sources of fibre, including soluble fibre which can help to lower cholesterol.
Chickpeas Salad is one salad which we all love.
Easy and quick to make and yet so delicious.
I make this salad quite often and eat it just before dinner, as this salad keeps you feeling full so you will eat lesser quantities of the actual dinner and thus lose some weight.
I also make this salad as part of an elaborate meal when I invite friends/family and its always liked by all.
Hence I am sharing this with you all!

Serves 4
chickpeas or a garbanzo beans - 100 gms
Cucumber - 1 - peeled and finely chopped
Tomato - 1 - finely chopped
Green chilly - 1 - finely chopped
Coriander leaves - finely chopped - 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder - 1 pinch or more
Salt to taste
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Chaat masala - 1 tsp

Soak the chickpeas overnight, and boil in a cooker for atleast 20-30 minutes till they are soft.
Drain and keep aside.
Take a large bowl, add the boiled chickpeas and all the other ingredients and toss well.
Serve chilled.

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