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
  • 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.


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

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

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

  4. Colourful and unique salad

  5. Sounds simple and sure to tickle our palates...

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

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

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

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

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

  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 sometime.Following your blog.


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