Protein Packed Salad

Salads are not everyone’s favourite. The term ‘salad’ conjures up images of bland, boring & tasteless spinach & sprouts. Well not this protein packed salad! Loaded with crunchy, flavourful vegetables & delicious legumes combined with cottage cheese (paneer or tofu), this nutritious salad lightly seasoned with spices, is a great Indian go-to snack to satisfy those early evening hunger pangs and is also an excellent pre-workout snack & energy booster.


Rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin B, and an apt substitute for meat, legumes are a great source of protein especially for vegetarians. Having a low glycemic index & low saturated fat, it also helps to reduce bad cholesterol and control blood sugar levels.


The other main ingredients used in this salad - peanuts & paneer are also a great source of protein, healthy fat and folate, aiding in overall weight loss.


This recipe does require a bit of pre-planning in terms of soaking & boiling the chickpeas, but once ready, it’s easy to rustle up. 

Ingredients: (Serves – 6)
1 cup boiled kabuli chana (chickpeas)
1 cup boiled kala chana (black chickpeas)
1 cucumber, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 cup paneer/tofu, cut into medium sized cubes
1 cup unsalted peanuts, roasted & skinned
1 small cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
1tsp black pepper
1tsp black salt
1tsp chaat masala
1tsp bhuna jeera
½ lime



Method:
  1. Put all the ingredients in a big bowl
  2. Mix well
  3. Add the seasoning 
  4. Add a squeeze of lime
  5. Mix again & adjust seasoning according to taste
  6. Serve immediately


Notes:
You can use any boiled legumes of your choice.
You can add any other vegetables of your choice.
If you don’t have black salt, you can use regular iodized salt instead.

Tips:
It is best to consume this salad immediately.
For enhanced taste & health benefit use a glass or ceramic mixing bowl.
If not consumed immediately, this salad can be refrigerated.

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