Simple Chickpea and Mung Salad


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There are days when you feel like eating the most simple and nutritious things in life, and naturally, the first thing that comes to your mind is a Salad. There are loads of salad dressings available in the market these days, but if you closely look at the labels on them, you'll find they are not always less in calories. It's best to stick to simple and traditional home-dressings when you are trying to fill yourself up with something nutritious. Here's my favorite salad, which I call a bowlful of protein, as it's made of lentils, spinach and peppers, no fancy dressing, no additional pizzazz, just plain old simple Indian salad!


Ingredients
2 cups of washed fresh spinach leaves
2 cans of boiled chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
2 cups of boiled green mung beans
1 green or yellow bell pepper
1 small onion - chopped finely
1 green cucumber - diced
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 firm tomato - chopped finely
salt and pepper - to taste
chaat masala - to sprinkle on the top
a handful of coriander leaves - chopped

Method
Mix all the ingredients except the spinach leaves in a large bowl and add the lemon juice to it. Let it refrigerate covered for at least half an hour, allowing the lentils to soak the lemon juice.

Before serving, add the spinach leaves, salt, black pepper powder and chaat masala and toss well so it is evenly combined. Add finely chopped coriander leaves and serve immediately!

This Chickpea and Mung salad is a healthy and highly nutritive salad, and can keep you full for quite some time, thanks to all the protein and fiber content that it has!


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20 comments :

Anju said...

hey mansi, that's a favorite in my house too:) sometimes simple is all you need, right?!

-Anju

RAKS KITCHEN said...

With chat masala?!I will surely love it!You are diet concious ...appreciate it!

Richa said...

yum-o :)
hu pan mag no salad banavu chu, pan palak nathi nakhti, good one.

Namratha said...

I love this salad, I make it with only the moong dal though. Looks delicious as it tastes Mansi :)Will give this version a try.

Coffee said...

Adding spinach was a great tip!

easycrafts said...

simple and quite healthy indeed

Nags said...

lovely! never had spinach in a salad. good one

Happy cook said...

Delicious salade.

remya said...

love that healthy salad...i make it widout spinach...urs sounds yumm..

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks guys, yes, it's healthy and really very nutritious, and with all those pulses, it's rather filling too!:)

Spinach was an addition that clicked with me after eating a variation at a Salad place:) it does taste good, and brings loads of goodness in the salad!

Ashley said...

man, i should stick to this at least twice a week as I really need to shed some pounds:)

yet, the desserts on your site are making it difficult for me!! hehehe..

~Ashley

Shweta said...

Cool! I also add some sliced carrots to this salad, gotta give spinach a try!

katiez said...

I'm really enjoying the contrast between these 2 posts.... so, Eat the lovely chickpea salad first; then, confident in how healthy we've been, we can do a little chocolate/cream cheese indulgence!
Works for me!

Mansi Desai said...

hehehe..yes Katie, that's the way I say to myself too:) eat healthy 3 days a week and binge on comfort food for the remaining!:D

redactedrecipes said...

Oh, that looks like JUST what I want after all of the holiday food...

Ann

Meg Wolff said...

Now this is a great looking salad! Found your site through Susan (The Well Seasoned Cook)!

ruchita said...

hey mansi...this salad is really good....i have already made this twice a week ....i simply love it!!!!!!

Mansi Desai said...

Ann, Meg Ruchita - yeah, this one's a favorite at my place too, and I am so addicted to this salad, if you can beleive it!!:)

thanks for your kind comments!:)

Matthew Maroski said...

i believe this salad is high in fiber and protein! Chickpeas are. they're great! yum!

Priya Sreeram said...

good one !