Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Chickpea Salad with Cumin Dressing and Yogurt Sauce

One of the celebrity chef who's recipes I like to try out are by Ellie Krieger. Especially as they are very healthy and easy to tweak to satisfy my palate. The Chickpea Salad with Cumin Dressing and Yogurt Sauce recipe below is a very simple salad and can be made in a jiffy. I have modified the recipe a little this time as I was out of fresh spinach and orange zest. I have also substituted the parsley with coriander leaves as I am not a very big fan of parsley. I have also made minor adujustments to the measurements to accomodate my requirements.

This salad is also my entry for the event "Chef Spotlight Dinners: Health Concious Chefs" hosted by Joelen's Culinary Adventures

Chickpeas cooked /can - 2 cups
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
Red Onion - 1/3 cup chopped
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Lemon Juice - 2 tsp
Lemon Zest -1/3 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cayenne Pepper - 1/8 tsp
Salt and Pepper
Yogurt - 1/4 cup low fat
Orange Juice - 1 tbsp
1/3 teaspoon honey
Fresh mint leaves - Few Coarsely Chopped

Combine the chickpeas, onions and coriander leave . In a small bowl mix the olive oil, lemon juice, zest, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the chickpea mixture and toss to combine. In a separate small bowl mix the yogurt, orange juice and honey. Move the chickpeas to a serving dish and top with the yogurt sauce and a sprinkle of mint.

I like a little more zing so I added a pinch of black salt. That gives it a very distinct flavor and tang. Sometimes when I make this I also add 1/2 tsp chat masala. Just cannot resist :).


foodbin said...

i love chickpeas too and the way you did it was good.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow intresting and new recipe. Came from Food blogroll. Nice blog with yummy recipes. Keep Rocking....

Spryte said...

That sounds great!!

Smitha said...

Thanks, Foodbin.

Thank you too, Kitchen flavors.

Thanks, Spryte...it taste great too!!:)

Joelen said...

Looks like a great dish and I'm a big fan of Ellie Kreiger! Thanks so much for participating in this month's Chef Spotlight Dinner event. I hope you continue to join in my culinary advantures in the future!

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