Aromatic Carrot and Chick Pea Salad

Eesh, are my pictures getting worse? Hmm, just imagine the blurriness gives it a dreamy quality to further lure you in. Anyway…

I made some tikka lamb this week (Helen’s brilliant marinade with the unorthodox, but delicious addition of Chilli Pepper Pete’s habanero sauce) and because it’s summer, wanted something light to go with it, an opposed to the rice and dhal I’d make on colder days.

I’ve made a variation of this salad before with toasted sesame seeds and a soy/sesame dressing, in order to give it more of an Indian feel, I swapped the sesame seeds for toasted cumin, mustard seeds and cardamom. Sesame oil and soy sauce in the dressing were replaced with more neutral rapeseed oil and honey was added to create a sweet balance to the spicy, heady, spicy flavours of the tikka lamb.

The resulting salad was light and fresh, with warm, aromatic flavours and would make a great accompaniment to meat and fish, or would be a brilliant side dish on a fine bbq spread. The chick peas end up making it quite substantial, so a bowl-full also makes for a reasonable light lunch.

Recipe after the jump…

Ingredients (serves 4)

5-6 carrots, peeled and grated

1 can of chick peas, drained

1 onion (I used white, red would probably be better) finely sliced

1 small bunch of coriander, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of cumin seeds

1 teaspoon of mustard seed

2 cardamom pods squished under the side of a knife

2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar

4 tablespoons of rapeseed oil

2 teaspoons of honey

salt/pepper

Directions

In a large bowl, toss the onion, carrot, coriander and chick peas together to combine well.

In a dry frying pan, toast the cumin, mustard and cardamom for a couple of mins until fragrant, being careful not to burn. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and bash to a course powder.

In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar and honey to emulsify. Add the toasted spices and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toss dressing through the carrot mixture thoroughly and serve.

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One Response to “Aromatic Carrot and Chick Pea Salad”

  1. meemalee Says:

    Love a chickpea salad – nice one. And yeah, I’d go with dreamy 🙂

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