Chick Pea Salad
Confession time,I don’t like salads…no,let me take it back,i am not a fan of leafy salad…In fact,i was introduced to the leafy salad in the work cafeteria.Needless to say,we never became friends.We wondered about those eating plate ful of salad and seemingly enjoying it while we were having chick fila at cafeteria.We ate spinach regularly but never thought about eating it raw and call it a salad.Lettuce was new to me.It reminded me of crispy cabbage but thought of eating these leafs raw was not even close in horizon.When i tasted it for the first time,i was hardly impressed.I have gotten better but i usually avoid it.All those health gurus,do not hate me please.
Salad to me is the way Indians do salad.I have noticed here that salad is eaten ‘before’ the meal not ‘along with’ the meal.We took a forkful of it in throughout the meal.So this is what i tried to recreate at home.Key ingredients in most everyday salad are
- Onion and tomatoes, drizzled with lemon juice.
- Cucumber, Carrots and radishes makes occasional appearance too,depending on seasonal availability.
- I added chick peas to give it a body and more substance but it is not a a part of everyday Indian home salad.
- You can add cumin and chili flakes to it,i kept it very simple.
I made this summary salad for friends over the party but you can adjust the ingredients in half.I always like this kind of salad with meat dish.Something about getting a bite of it in between meaty dish.