Chana Salad



“A Grateful Meal”

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When we used to visit India as children we weren’t allowed to eat from stations or the vendors that would come onto the buses and trains to entice us. This was basically because your Grandmother was worried that one snack would have us sick for weeks. We just didn’t have the immunity to fight illnesses that we had never been introduced to in the US. She was right and we managed to spend our time dreaming what those snacks would have tasted like while we ate whatever our relatives had packed us, rather than being violently ill. But when I went back to live there, I slowly developed enough immunity to eat like the locals and was FINALLY able to devour street food. Street food is amazing throughout India and in a land of people in constant transit it is truly considered a ‘treat’. This salad is a translation of a dish that is often offered on buses throughout Punjab. I rarely allowed myself to indulge because whoever was with me would eye me suspiciously and say “You know you’re going to be sick, right?” Because this dish requires the use of raw vegetables. I still allowed myself to indulge a few times (without getting sick thankfully). It’s such a great blend of flavor and texture and can be served as a snack in any season. Enjoy…

Chana Salad 

Serves 4- 6 within a seven course meal

3 Cups Fried Chana Daal Snack

1 Cup Finely Diced Cucumber

1 Cup Finely Diced Tomatoes

1 Cup Finely Diced Red Onion

1 Tbsp Chaat Masala (available at Indian grocery stores)

Juice of 1 Lime

1-2 Tsp of Salt (Taste after adding 1 Tsp)

1/4 Cup Masala Sev (Tiny fried noodles made from gram flour-available at Indian grocery stores)

1/2 of Chopped Cilantro

Combine all of the ingredients except for the masala sev and cilantro in a large bowl and mix. Put the mix into a serving dish and sprinkle the masala sev and then cilantro on top. Serve with lime wedges just in case someone likes an extra kick of citrus.