Monday, February 27, 2012

#19 : Senagalu ~ The healthy Chickpea salad

Last week , I spent a good amount of time trying to plan healthy meals . We mostly ate soups and drank juices . Oh , there was this super easy spinach stir fry that turned up on the table very often . Life felt good , body and mind both energized and happy . Isn't that feeling really important ?  This snack of tempered chickpeas is usually made on festive occasions as prasadam ( offering to god ). It tastes great as a salad , snack or a side. Just squeeze a little lemon before eating and I promise you will enjoy it . Making this a few wonderful memories gushed in -  a little me running around in silk clothes with jasmine flowers in the hair , munching handfuls of this healthy snack :) Love !

  • 1 cup Black Senagalu / Chickpeas 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp Salt
      For Tempering :
  • 1/2 tsp Oil 
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dhal 
  • 3 Green Chillies + 1 inch small Ginger coarsely pounded
  • 2 Dried Red Chillies
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • 3-4 Curry leaves
Garnish with Cilantro and serve with a squeeze of lemon 

  1. Wash and soak the chickpeas in water over-night
  2. To the soaked chickpeas add salt , water and pressure cook for 2 whistles . Remove from heat
  3. Once the steam escapes the the cooker , remove the lid and drain the chickpeas out and set aside
  4. Heat oil , add mustard seeds . Once they begin to splutter add urad dhal , cumin seeds , pounded green chilli-ginger mixture , red chilies , asafoetida , curry leaves and fry for a few minutes . Add the drained chickpeas and stir fry for another 5 mins. Adjust salt if needed 
  5. Garnish with cilantro and serve with a squeeze of lemon 

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