How to Make Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad | Cholay | Chana Chaat

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There are some dishes I tend to make just during Ramadan. This is one of them. It’s an Indian inspired recipe was shared with my by my sister-in-law who knows how to make good food, fast! I even have a secret shortcut to this recipe that you can find on the blog post that accompanies this video tutorial.

Cholay is a garbanzo bean side dish that can be served hot or cold and has several varieties. Today’s is a cold version that can be stored in the fridge for hours or even a day or two and the flavors just get better over time. This version may be better known at Chana Chaat. Either way, it’s a delicious protein rich side dish or a meal in itself.

2 cans of garbanzo beans
1 finely diced onion
4 cloves of mashed garlic
3-4 diced tomatoes
handful of chopped cilantro
1 finely diced jalapeno
2 lemons (squeezed)
season with salt, cayenne, cumin and paprika
Mix all ingredients together and drizzle with olive oil. Let sit for 15 minutes or refrigerate for up to one day before serving.

My sister-in-law is not only a great cook, she’s a smart cook. As a full time working mom of four, she knows just the shortcuts she needs to take in order to have nutritious fresh food without spending hours in the kitchen. Here’s her time-saving tip: Buy fresh salsa and mix it with a can of garbanzo beans, and voila! You have cholay!
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