Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Chat Masala

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Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Chat Masala

Hot, sour and salty, chat masala is a popular northern Indian spice blend that forms a delightful combination with cool or tangy foods like fresh cucumbers or tomatoes. Naturally, it is perfect addition to legume based salads like this Indian-style chickpea salad loaded with both tomatoes and cucumbers, with a little corn and fresh hot chilies for good measure. A colorful, healthy and delicious light lunch or dinner on a hot day or cold day.

Good chat masala blends are easily available from any Indian grocer, but if you want to make your own, I have a quick and easy recipe here.

Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Chat MasalaChickpea and Tomato Salad with Chat Masala
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on October 4, 2010

Colorful salad of buttery soft chickpeas tossed with tomatoes, cucumbers, chilies, lemon and a sprinkling of hot, sour and salty chat masala — a perfect summertime lunch or light dinner

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  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (3 cups cooked or 2 14 oz cans)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen corn
  • 3 green chilies, seeded and minced
  • small handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chat masala
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Rinse the chickpeas under cold running water and soak for 8 hours or overnight in a bowl covered in several inches of cold water with a little yogurt whey or lemon juice added.

  • Drain and rinse the soaked chickpeas and add to a medium saucepan. Cover with fresh cold water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the chickpeas are soft and buttery. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.

  • Place the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl and add the tomatoes, cucumber, corn, chilies and coriander. Pour in the lemon juice and sprinkle in the chat masala, salt and fresh ground black pepper. Toss gently to mix.

  • Serve warm or cold.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Chat Masala

Other Indian salads you may enjoy:
Three Bean Salad with Fennel
Indian-Style Tomato Salad
Indian-Style Beet Salad with a Yogurt Dressing

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swapna said...

Health and colorful salad...

Priya Suresh said...

Beautiful looking salad..

healy said...

In love. xoxo

Fish & Flatbread Family said...

Looks lovely and extra yummy! Will try this soon!

offmotorway said...

I've never really tried a spicy indian salad before, so I must give this a go, it sounds delish!

AJ said...

Yumm!! This looks delicious!!

Susan said...

Adore chat powders. I always have a little box fresh in my cupboard - such an easy way to spread the spice cheer without the raw taste.

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