Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mixed Bean Salad

With the new year setting in and an attempt to make our eating habits more healthy here is a recipe for a simple bean salad. Another reason to win over your taste buds is that the dressing brings out true Indian 'Khatta-Meeta' (tangy-sweet) flavors.


Garbanzo Beans/ Kabuli Chana: 1/2 can
Red Kidney Beans/Rajma: 1/2 can
Red Onions (chopped): 1/2 cup
Colored Bell peppers (green/red/yellow): 1/3 cup
Tomato (chopped): 1/3 cup
Cucumber (chopped): 1/3 cup
Green chilies (finely chopped): 2-3
Coriander leaves: Handful

Tamarind Pulp: 1/4 cup
Tomato Ketchup: 2 tablespoon
Lemon Juice: 1 teaspoon
Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
Sugar: 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

* We used the canned beans for convenience sake as it comes pre-cooked. However if you are using raw beans, soak them overnight and pressure cook until they are soft. Make sure they don't get over cooked.
* Use firm tomato over the mushy ones as it tends to make salad soggy.

Open the cans and drain out the beans in a colander and rinse it thoroughly. Meanwhile chop the onions, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and green chili. Put it in a bowl add the drained beans and give gentle mix. Throw in a pinch of salt and some coriander leaves. You can make this ahead of time and keep it refrigerated.

To make the sauce grind all the ingredients listed under sauce/dressing and pour over the salad just before serving. Enjoi it as a meal itself or just another side.


  1. Very colourful & healthy salad,loved the recipe as well, its something different..,wonderful click as well....Wish you a very happy pongal

  2. Yummy, healthy and colourful salad..

  3. superb!this multicolored salad will be the next one in my to do list...thank you vini nd suchitra for sharing..

  4. Colorful salad and lovely clicks...

  5. Colorful salad....And nice clicks. first time here and I just Loved your blog..

  6. yup, its new year and healthy habits abound. i was actually craving a bean salad today and there it is! nice idea to add ketchup and tam extract.

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