Steamed Kala Channa Salad- brown chickpea

chickpea salad

Chickpea/ garbanzo beans / Channa/ kondakadali is one of the most common beans used world over. It appears in two colors predominately- a white one and a darker version. Both are equally beneficial with respect to their protein content. Chickpea is preferred in many preparations due to their ability to hold texture and a nut like flavor. Its used in salads, fritters, hummus, falafels etc.being rich in dietary fiber and iron it is recommended good for vegetarians and vegans.

steamed chickpea

Presenting here a simple preparation of a salad suitable and filling for the health conscious and diabetics as it has a low glycemic index ( causes lower sugar spike )

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chickpea salad

Chickpea salad

Refreshingly new!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snacks, Soups and salad
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, One pot, Pressure cooker, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 2 people
Calories 97 kcal


  • 8 tbsp chickpea dry
  • 1 english Cucumber
  • 1 Tomato medium
  • 1 Onion yellow, small
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh herbs cilantro, dill, mint etc
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste


  • Soak the garbanzo beans in excess water for two to three hours.
  • Pressure cook the beans with excess water, till soft but not mashed...approximately needs 4 long whistles.
  • Cool, drain the beans ( dont discard the cooking liquid- use it in gravy or to knead flat breads). Set the beans to cool.
  • Chop the cucumber, tomato and onion into one cm cubes.
  • In a mixing bowl toss in the cooked drained beans, the chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
  • Sprinkle the chaat masala. Add the lemon juice and herbs.
  • Toss all well together. Taste test.
  • Enjoy your serving of a healthy salad


The chaat masala carries enough salt so may not need more.
The recipe works perfectly with the white channa or the Kabuli channa also
You can prepare multiple quantities when you soak and cook the beans and separate out the portions.
the liquid from cooking the chickpea is aquafaba. It is a effective egg replacement.


Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 186mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4g
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Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

This is my kind of food Seema. The chickpea salad with veggies is so refreshing and flavorful !

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