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Easy & Spicy Indian chickpeas salad with cucumbers

This spicy Indian chickpea salad is all you need to make your meal healthy and flavorful. This chickpea salad with cucumber, tomatoes, Indian spices is so easy to make, full of flavors, and makes your meal refreshing.
Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chickpeas, Cucumber
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sravanthi

Equipment

Ingredients

For cooking chickpeas in an Instant pot

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas Or use 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Other salad ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1-2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small green chili
  • Salt to taste

Optional spices

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala or dried raw mango powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder for more spicy, use ½ tsp

Instructions

Cook the Chickpeas

  • Soak the chickpeas for 8 hours or overnight. 
  • Discard the water from soaked chickpeas and wash them a couple of times. 
  • Add soaked and rinsed chickpeas, water and salt to the Instant pot inner pot.
  • Close the Instant pot with its lid and seal the vent.
  • Start the Instant pot using manual or pressure cook mode and cook them for 10 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  • Once the Instant pot finishes cooking, wait for 10 minutes and do a manual pressure release.
  • Strain the chickpeas and keep them aside. And reserve the water. You can use this water in soups and curries.

Prep the veggies

  • Chop cucumber, tomatoes, and onions. I chopped them finely, but you can even slice them.
  • If using other veggies that have to be cooked before, like potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cook them and keep them aside.

Make the salad

  • Take a mixing bowl and add cooked chickpeas.
  • To this bowl, add chopped veggies - cucumber, tomatoes, red onion. Also, add finely chopped green chili, cilantro leaves, lemon juice, olive oil, sesame seeds, chopped walnuts, salt, and spices (ground cumin, chaat masala, garam masala powder)
  • Mix everything well, and the delicious and spicy Indian chickpeas salad is ready to serve.