Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad

Indian Chickpea Salad From The Great Vegan Bean Book

I have great news for you!  The Great Vegan Bean Book is shipping from Amazon right now so if you already pre-ordered the book look for it to hit your mailbox soon. To celebrate here’s another recipe from my newest book  that is the perfect warm weather meal and is an awesome packed lunch too - Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad.

You didn’t order your book yet? I am doing a giveaway and you can win a copy of  The Great Vegan Bean Book that you can keep or give to a friend! Enter by leaving a comment on this post telling me your favorite bean or bean dish. I will pick a winner Monday May 13,2013. Please make sure you fill in your email on the comment form so I can get in touch with you if you win.

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This recipe uses  kala namak or Indian black salt. Calling it black salt is always confusing to me because the outside is black but what you buy is pink and powdery. You can get it cheapest in an Indian market though you can easily order it online too. What’s so special about it is that it really makes things taste like eggs. It has a higher sulfur content than regular salt and is amazing in scrambled tofu too.  If you hated the taste of eggs you can leave it out.

Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad

Gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free option*

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 cans (15 ounces, or 425 g each), rinsed and drained
  • 1 large potato, cooked and diced (peeled if not organic)
  • 1 large cucumber, diced (peeled if waxed)
  • ½ small onion, minced (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup unsweetened soy yogurt (*use So Delicious plain coconut yogurt to make soy-free)
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 ½ to 2 ½ teaspoons kala namak
    (use less if you are on a low sodium diet, but kala namak is less salty than most salts – also do not use this much if subbing regular salt!)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ to 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne or other spicy chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving

In a large bowl, combine the beans, potato, cucumber, and onion.

To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Add the dressing to the veggies and mix until thoroughly combined. Serve topped with cilantro.

Substitute just about any cooked beans that you have in the fridge, though kidneys and chickpeas tend to keep their shape the best. Add shredded or chopped carrots, summer squash, or even a few spicy radish slices to make it a dish all your own.

(The photo above was taken by Renee Comet.)

Comments

  1. Greek gigantes beans!

  2. My favorite bean dish is Brazilian Feijoada. The combination of black beans, tomatoes, yams, and peppers is wonderful.

  3. Rachel Lazan says:

    I love a vegan sweet potato black bean chili. It is delicious and very easy and quick to make.

  4. Chickpeas are my favorite bean. followed closely by black beans.

  5. I follow you on Facebook

  6. K1Frog2 says:

    My favorite bean dish is a mix of black-eyed peas and rice with smoked paprika and salsa. It’s a lot like hoppin john, but simpler to make.

  7. Hello there! I love black beans =)

  8. Michelle ferris says:

    Anything with beans is delicious but my favorite right now is a mexican black bean salad with lots of cilantro. So refreshing for summer! I already follow you on Facebook and Pinterest. Thanks for the chance to try your cookbook!

  9. My favorite type of bean is the pink bean. Homemade refried beans aren’t the same without them!

  10. Terri Cole says:

    I love ALL the beans, it’s hard to pick a favorite! (This salad looks delicious, BTW) I make a white bean, gnocchi & chard skillet dinner that is one of my very favorite dishes.

  11. Terri Cole says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  12. Terri Cole says:

    I like you on Facebook.

    Thanks for the chance to win your book. It looks wonderful & I’m adding it to my wish list!

  13. My favorite dish is pigeon peas and rice. My grandmother used to fix it when we went to visit.

  14. Donna McFarland says:

    Spring greetings and Thank you, for the opportunity to win the book, as well as the fresh sounding new salad recipe! My all time fav. bean dish is chana masala, ~no doubt, but I LOVE so MANY! Over rice, ditalini pasta, or a baked potato, it’s perfect every time!

  15. cynthia says:

    chickpeas and hummus!

  16. Alison says:

    I LOVE black beans and cannellini beans. I tend to saute either of them in broth with greens and garlic..lots of garlic and throw the results over rice. A quick and easy meal! Thanks for offering to give away your book, it sounds wonderful!

  17. Sarah Barber says:

    I look forward to winning your book so that I can try the Jamaican Purple Hull Peas and Rice recipe made with gunga peas.

  18. Alison says:

    I follow you on Facebook now too.

  19. Sarah Barber says:

    I follow you on Google+, I hope that counts to get another entry for the book-giveaway.

  20. Carol Journey says:

    Looks fantastic!

  21. Audrey says:

    I love bean burgers.

  22. Audrey says:

    I like you on FB

  23. Audrey says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  24. Hi Kathy,

    My recent fav is the Caribbean Mango Black Bean from your book “The Vegan Slow Cooker”. I liked it when it was warm or cooled, as a dip with rice chips or crackers. Yummy!

    I’ve tried over half the recipes from this cookbook and love how you’ve kept it so simple. I’m not vegan but like the option to have meatless meals. And baking with the slow cooker…who knew? :)

    I do like to add some of my own twists to the seasoning – cilantro is great with the Mango Black Bean dish.

    Have been checking out the other recipes on this website. Great photos!

    Thanks for sharing your food ideas!
    All for now,
    Gwen

  25. Shira Isenberg says:

    My favorite bean dish is Chana masala.

  26. Carol Journey says:

    Whoops! Forgot to add my favorite bean! I am a fan of anything with black beans! Especially black bean burgers! Yumm!

  27. I love lentils! They are a great source of protein and fiber and and are much better for the planet than animal protein. Plus, they cook quickly and you don’t have to soak them ^^

  28. Chickpeas – everything chickpeas. One year Santa brought me chickpeas!!

  29. Chickpeas rule! And soybeans, of course.

  30. BETSEY WRIGHT says:

    I couldn’t resist taking some of the purple hull peas from my freezer to try the Jamaican recipe on page 166. FANTASTIC! The rest of my freezer stash is not going to last long….

  31. I love chickpeas, best in vegetable couscous with an extra hand ful of chickpeas added. Unfortunately there isn’t a large variety of beans here in Germany…

  32. Over to Facebook now to “like” you there, too.

  33. This looks SOOOO good. I’ve just recently gotten really into Indian food and tried a chaat at the nearby restaurant that looks somewhat similar. I may have to try drizzling a little tamarind (or my new favorite: Miel de Cacao) over the top for a bit of sweet/tart tangyness.

    Plus, chickpeas are by far my favorite bean. :-)

    Thanks for doing this giveaway; here’s hoping for some new recipes to play around with!

  34. Alina Celis Escalona says:

    I really enjoy your recipes! So easy and tasty….I get them from Facebook page. :) Thanks

  35. Alina Celis Escalona says:

    I really enjoy your recipes! So easy and tasty….I get them from your Facebook page. :) Thanks

  36. and the winner is?????????????????

    • Kathy Hester says:

      Sorry – I announced it on twitter and fb but forgot to add it here. Terry Cole won the copy of The Great Vegan Bean Book!