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 :).