Black Chana Salad, served on Lettuce leaves, Lettuce Wraps

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, March 20, 2017

It took me almost 2 weeks, to post this recipe. For reason unknown, i didn't touch my laptop or my camera all these days. Not touching laptop, can be considered healthy, but camera, that is total disaster. Signs of no creativity, brain-block, clogged mind and soul. 
I needed a drain remover to flush out my body and go touch and feel my camera again. It is not like i create stunning photos, but i keep in touch with my other side of brain and slow my aging and brain rust! These 2 weeks i feel like i have aged 10 years. 
I finally broke out of that tight chain, clogged drain and took my camera out and whipped my lazy bum, to shoot some pictures yesterday. 
Coming to the recipe, there isn't any here. A simple salad, served in  a funky way. It will definitely brighten your party table, serve it as an appetizer or part of a filling meal or just a light dinner to satiate your system after a heavy lunch.  Whatever it is, this salad sure will delight your senses. 
When i posted the picture in instagram, one of my friends tried it and gave me a thumbs up. A simple recipe, just boil the chickpeas and toss it with rest of the ingredients.
1 cup boiled black chana/black chickpeas
2 nos lebanese cucumbers, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 green chili, indian green chili, finely chopped
2 nos plump tomatoes, finely chopped and seeds removed
lettuce leaves as needed, i used iceberg lettuce

3 tbsp Finely chopped mint leaves
3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
Black salt to taste
1/2 tsp freshy pounded pepper powder
2 generous pinches of chat masala (optional)
juice of 1 small lemon

  • Take boiled chickpeas in a large bowl, add finely chopped cucumber, tomatoes, chili and onions to it.Toss well. Remove the seeds of the tomatoes before chopping it. 
  • Add finely chopped mint, coriander leaves to it. Top it with pepper powder, black salt ,chat masala , lemon juice, and toss everything together. Chill it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • To serve, place lettuce leaves on serving plates, top each leaf with generous 3-4 tbsp of salad and serve immediately.

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  1. I didn't know black chickpeas were a thing. Am I living under a rock? Are they the same as other chickpeas? I'm so intrigued I must find them and make this salad ASAP!

  2. I'm with Megan, I didn't know about black chickpeas, but then I live in North Central Ohio, where corn and soybeans rule.

    I've been feeling a lot of stress lately and that just kills any creativity I have. I'm hoping I'm able to follow your lead Priya and break through soon.

  3. This salad looks so delicious! I love the combination of flavors you used. I'll me making it very soon!

  4. I have never heard of black chickpeas before - that is so cool! It would give such a nice colour substitute to homemade hummus! This salad looks healthy and refreshing.

  5. I love the twist on this salad! I also didn't know black chickpeas were a thing, but I can't wait to try them!

  6. I've heard heard of black chickpeas -- they give your salad a really nice look. The mint and coriander must add that special touch to the overall flavor of the salad. Great recipe.

  7. I don't think I have ever seen black chickpeas before. I need to see where I can find them around here.

  8. I love chickpeas and Especially incorporated in salads like this. I've never saw black chickpeas either. I'll have to look out for them.

  9. This looks colorful and healthy! Nice variations you have chosen to use! Black chickpeas? That's a new one for me, but they sound delish!!

  10. I have never seen black channa here - only in India. I love black channa salad. My mom use to make it for us -and I like it a little tangy. Yum.

  11. I love Indian cuisine and I always get surprised on so many great dishes can be enjoyed using the Indian cooking technique and spices. Lovely recipe.

  12. I get in a brain funk too if I put my camera away for too long. And I'm with everybody else - black chickpeas?! wow, I had no clue!

  13. I hope you're feeling more re-energised and inspired. Love this recipe and have pinned it to try later.

  14. Mind blown. had no clue there were black chick peas. Now I have to go find some. Also, I went 5 years without touching my camera so please don't feel bad.

  15. This Chana Salad sounds incredible! Love that it's served on lettuce leaves. Definitely want to try this recipe soon!

  16. I'm intrigued by the black chickpeas! I must go find them!!

  17. I didn't even know there was black channa. And can I tell you how happy I was to see someone call it channa and not give me a weird look. Now I'm going to be on the look out. This salad looks good and simple

  18. Such a pretty way of serving up a salad... love the clicks too... I agree, sometimes that rut just comes and we are not up for it...

  19. This looks so pretty Priya and I love eating black chana. It's so healthy and delicious, so I can imagine this salad will be filled with flavor.


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