Chickpeas Salad - a healthy and vegetarian salad which can be tossed up in minutes along with fresh vegetables, olives, fresh herbs and feta. A very simple yet versatile and can be served as a side dish or you could enjoy it as a whole meal along with garlic bread or just with plain bread. Also a healthy packed lunch option.
Chickpea, soaked and boiled - 1 cup
Tomato, chopped - 1 medium
Cucumber, de-seeded and cubed - 1 medium
Mixed Bell pepper - 1/2 cups( I used red, yellow and orange)
Black olives, sliced - 1 tablespoon
Green olives, sliced - 1 tablespoon
Pickled jalepeno, chopped - 1 tablespoon (optional)
Feta cheese, crumbled - 1/4th cup
Fresh coriander, chopped - 1/4th cup
Fresh mint, chopped - 3 tablespoon
Whole cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Paprika / Kashmiri Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Olive oil - 1 tablespoon
Fresh Lemon Juice - 1 tablespoon
Boil soaked chickpeas with water, remove seeds from bell peppers and cut them into 2 cm cubes, de-seed cucumbers and cut them ito approximately 2 cm cubes, similarly chop the tomatoes into 2 cm cubes (If you wish you could de - seed the tomatoes)
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan or kadhai and add the cumin seeds, once they start popping and release the nutty aroma add the chickpeas and mix well, add paprika or kashmiri red chilli powder and salt, mix well and fry for 2 minutes, turn off heat and transfer into a large mixing bowl.
Add black and green sliced olives to the cumin fried chick peas, followed by chopped jalepenos (if using) all the chopped veggies, along with feta cheese, chopped coriander and mint leaves along with salt. Mix well.
Check seasoning if required adjust accordingly by adding salt or lemon juice.
Serve cold or at room temperature :)
You could prepare the salad in advance and keep it in the fridge, this will not only cook the salad but will also help the flavors to combine well.
If you want the salad to be a bit sweet then add a teaspoon of honey.
Also please be careful while adding salt to the salad as we have already added salt to the chickpeas while cooking and also while we sauteed and dond forget that the feta cheese. used also has a good amount of salt