This week’s recipe is a delightful snack – Channa Palak Bhel – which includes a mix of an incredible variety of ingredients.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 40 min
Black chickpeas (Bengal gram/kala channa) – soaked in water for 4 hours: 1 cup
Tender baby spinach (palak) – leaves cut in half; length not more than 2 inches: 1 cup
Raw mango – finely chopped: 1/4 cup
Dates – chopped: 4
Fresh coriander – coarsely chopped: 1/2 cup
Mint leaves – chopped: 1/4 cup
Carrot – cut into matchstick pieces: 1/4 cup
Finely chopped cabbage: 1/4 cup
Sev or omapodi (Crunchy, spiced chickpea flour noodles): 1/2 cup
Tamarind paste: 2 teaspoons
Ginger paste: 1/4 teaspoon
Jaggery (unrefined sugar): 6 heaped teaspoons
Cumin (jeera) powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard oil: 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper powder: 1/4 teaspoon
Lime juice: 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
- Pressure cook the black chickpeas with 1/2 teaspoon of salt; drain and cool.
- Mix the tamarind paste, ginger paste, jaggery and cumin powder to make the sweet chutney.
- Mix the cabbage, mustard oil, pepper powder, salt and lime juice and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Mix all other ingredients (except the sev); add the cabbage mix and the sweet chutney.
- Garnish with sev and serve.
This healthy, crunchy bhel recipe is packed with greens and protein.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, and folic acid and – like other dark leafy greens – stimulates the production of critical immune cells in your gut.