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CABBAGE AND CHICKPEA SALAD

April 10, 2012 9:12 pm 0 comments

Cabbage and Chickpeas salad is a very hearty, refreshing and filling salad which can definitely stand on its own as a satisfying meal with plenty of good protein sources. Its taste is fantastic, adds crunchiness to the salad, nutty and buttery flavour from the chickpeas and makes an exceptional family’s dinner.

Garbanzo beans or chickpeas have a delicious nutlike taste and buttery texture. They provide a concentrated source of protein that can be enjoyed year-round and available either dried or canned.  A very versatile legume and a vital ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes such as hummus, falafels and curries (like chole – bhatura). They are also a very good source of heart-healthy folate and a good source of muscle-building protein, digestive-supportive dietary fibre, antioxidant-promoting copper, and energy-producing phosphorus and iron.

Cabbage, too a versatile vegetable that can either be eaten raw, boiled or fried. It is usually used in making of salads and variety of curry preparations either on its own or mixed with other vegetables (stir-fries or gravy time) such as Coleslaw, Cabbage salad, Baked cabbage, Cabbage Foogath, Cabbage kofta curry, Cabbage and Spinach pakora, Cabbage pappu etc.

Cabbage and chickpeas salad is made with a tangy vinegar dressing mixed with sugar, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, pepper and dry mint leaves. It is a sweet, sour and tangy salad dressing giving an amazing tingle to the taste buds. This salad is easy and quick to prepare. Salads are super convenient food, low in fat, cholesterol and calories. It is also an excellent way of eating raw vegetables which obviously is nutritious and healthy to us. Making a simple and delicious salad like this can simply change your diet and pay off with plenty of health benefits. Do adopt eating at least one variety of salad every day to keep you fit and healthy. There are a variety of salads that one can make with simple ingredients with vegetables and fruits available in our kitchens such as Raw Beetroot Salad, Green Papaya Salad, Pineapple Salad, Sprouted Moong Dal Salad, Banana Salad, Cucumber Salad etc. You just need to experiment or creative new variations in making tasty, luscious and appetizing salads.

Cider Vinegar is generally used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives and chutneys. This vinegar is also known as Apple cider vinegar or ACV. It is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple and has a pale to medium amber colour. It is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar, or any vinegar, is acetic acid. However, vinegars also have other acids, vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids. Acetic acid and malic acid give vinegar its sour taste.

Dijon mustard, the other vital ingredient used in this recipe has a sharp and pungent flavour. Dijon mustard originated from Dijon, France and is a common condiment made from mustard seeds, white wine, grape and seasonings. It is a popular sandwich condiment. Dijon is the secret ingredient in countless sauces. It’s especially crucial in vinaigrettes as an emulsifier, meaning it helps keep the oil and vinegar from separating. Dijon mustard or any mustard sauce is often used at the table as a condiment on meat. It is also used as an ingredient in mayonnaise, vinaigrette, marinades, and barbecue sauce. Most importantly it is generally used as a base for salad dressing combined with vinegar and olive oil.

To prepare this appetizing Cabbage and Chickpea salad, in a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic. To the cabbage, add chickpeas (soaked and boiled) and dry mint leaves. Pour the dressing to the cabbage – chickpea mixture. Toss to coat all ingredients well. Cover and rest for 15 minutes before serving.  You can also make this ahead and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

This salad is natural, crisp, refreshing and fun to eat with lots of flavours, wonderful colour, taste and textures.  To give it a try, check out the below link on details of ingredients/ recipe:

http://www.vahrehvah.com/Cabbage+and+Chickpea+Salad:5231

Most people enjoy eating salads, even kids! Salads is one excellent dish that can be customized or created immediately with leftover ingredients including a variety of fruits and vegetable that appeal you the most or whichever you have on hand.

Enjoy Cooking!

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