Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Black eyed beans salad with Date & Tamarind Dressing



This is a very healthy, protein & fibre packed salad. Could be enjoyed any time! Even though the name sounds like a mouth ful, the salad dressing is similar to the sweet chutney one makes for bhel puri. Why not do we use it as a dressing? i did and am happy that I did it. If you will like the tangy and sweet taste with a kick of chilli at the back, you sure will like it.

Get Ready: (serves 2)
  • 1/2 cup Black Eyed Beans (BEB)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green and red bell pepper (Chopped to the size of the beans)
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 dates
  • 1 tsp jaggery/ brown sugar
  • 1 small marble size tamarind
  • 2 tbsp warm water.
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1  dried red chilli
  • salt to taste
Go:
  • In a pan add 1 tsp of oil and roast the black eyed beans for a few mins. By this you don't have to soak the beans for it to cook well.
  • Once cooled, cover with enough water and pressure cook for 4 whistles. You can omit this step if you want to use canned BEB.
  • Soak the tamarind and dates in water for 15 mins.
  • Add the cumin powder, red chilli, jaggery, salt to the soaked tamarind dates and blend finely. This is our dressing.
  • Toss the cooked BEB, bell peppers, ginger, cilantro and the dressing till the dressing coats all the beans & peppers.
  • Refrigerate  or use immediately as a refreshing salad.

14 comments:

  1. I love tangy stuff.. especially if its spicy.. your salad is very tempting. the pic looks so delicious. am sure u loved it..

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  2. the recipe sounds sweet and tangy...healthy too!!

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  3. so very healthy and very inviting! loved the fab pic---it screams taste me!

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  4. Colourful and unique salad
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  5. Sounds simple and sure to tickle our palates...

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  6. Such a beautiful salad..very innovative indeed..am totally loving your dressing recipe!

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  7. Thanks everyone for those comments! try it and see if you like it too!

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  8. Very interesting salad and fantastic dressing, dates and tamarind for dressing sounds truly very interesting..

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  9. Looks too attractive. Seriously thinking of having it as my PC wall paper. Can eat it over and over again.

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  10. Very healthy and colorful salad, love the dressing too..

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  11. Such acolourful nad healthy salad.I love the tangy dressing you have used.My 1st visit here you have anice space.Do drop by simply.food sometime.Following your blog.

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