Beans Chaat (Cold Beans Salad)

This amazing Chaat or a cold Salad is out of this world and bursting with flavors. Keep it for a few days in the fridge and enjoy the ease and the convenience for a while. It is great for picnics, road-trips, lunches and get-together.

Prep Time: 25 min
Chill Time: 1 hour
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

Kidney Beans (Rajma): 1 can (approx 1.5 cups)
Black Beans – 1 can (approx 1.5 cups)
Garbanzo Beans (Channas) – 1 can (approx 1.5 cups)
Bell Pepper- 1/2 cup, chopped
Radish – 1/2 cup, chopped
Firm Tomato – 1, de-seeded and chopped
Cucumber – 1/2 cup, de-seeded
Carrots – 1/2 cup, shredded
Onions – 1/2 cup, fine sliced (yellow, red or sweet)
Green Chillies – chopped fine, optional
Salt – to taste
Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder – to taste
Roasted Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
Mint Chutney or Coriander Chutney – to taste
Tamarind Chutney – to taste

Sev – for garnish
Cilantro – for garnish

For the Dressing:
Thick Yogurt – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder – to taste

Method:

1. Drain and wash the beans.
2. In a big bowl, combine the Beans, the chopped vegetables and the spices. Mix well.
3. In a separate bowl combine the ingredients of the dressing and mix.
4. If being served immediately, mix the dressing with the beans and vegetables and serve.
5. If being stored for later, chill everything in the refrigerator till ready to serve.
6. Garnish with Sev and chopped Cilantro right before serving.

Tip:

1. This salad/chaat stays good in the refrigerator for days, make a big batch and use over days.
2. Use your choice of different beans or just one single bean – it tastes great either way.

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