Indian Spiced Chickpea (Garbanzo) Salad with Yogurt, Lemon, Scallions, Mint, and Cilantro
Indian Spiced Chickpea Salad with Yogurt, Lemon, Scallions, Mint, and Cilantro
(Makes about 6 servings, adapted slightly from a recipe by Jerry Traunfield in Food and Wine.)
1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked and pressure-cooked (or use 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed well and drained)
2 T peanut oil (or other high smokepoint oil)
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1/4 tsp. Aleppo pepper (or use other dried red peppers)
3/4 cups plain yogurt (I used my favorite fat free Greek yogurt)
1 1/2 T fresh lemon juice
2 scallions (green onions) thinly sliced
1/4 – 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 – 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint
salt to taste
After chickpeas are well-drained, heat oil in large heavy frying pan until shimmering. Add mustard seeds, cover pan, and cook until popping stops, about 1 minute. Remove lid and add cumin seed/fennel seed/red pepper mixture and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. (Be careful not to burn these aromatic ingredients. Lower heat and add chickpeas, then cook 3-4 minutes, stirring a few times so the chickpeas are well-coated with oil. Turn off heat and let chickpeas cool about 15 minutes.
While chickpeas cool, slice scallions, and finely chop mint and cilantro. Stir together yogurt and lemon juice in a medium-sized glass or plastic mixing bowl. When chickpeas are cooled nearly to room temperature, add them to yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Then gently fold in sliced scallions, chopped mint, and chopped cilantro. Season with salt, then let sit at least 15 minutes for flavors to combine. Serve salad at room temperature.
South Beach Suggestions:
More Great Salads with Chickpeas:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
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Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini from Orangette
Mediterranean Wheatberry Salad with Lentils and Chickpeas from Food Blogga
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