Pakistani Mixed Bean Salad

Next time you go to a potluck,  spice up everyone’s life with pakistani mixed bean salad. Each bite has bits of chickpea, northern white beans, tomato, onion, and peppers. The salad can be spicy or mild, tart or savory. It all depends on how you mix it. Either way, it’s fresh, healthy, and – thanks to being seasoned with lemon juice, cilantro, and garam masala –  just on the other side of unusual.

Be sure to make this salad at least a few hours before you need it, to give time for the flavors to meld. Overnight is best.

Recipe adapted from Laura Kelley at Silk Road Gourmet.

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz) can northern white beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
green chili pepper, minced (to taste)*
1- 1 1/2 lemons juiced (to taste)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (vegetable oil may be substituted)
1 tsp garam masala **
pepper
salt

1/2 bunch cilantro, stemmed & torn roughly

*I used part of a hatch chili pepper, but in traditional Pakistani cooking you would use a long, skinny, hot pepper – something like a thai bird but longer. My grocery store was out. Real life.

** Garam Masala is made with black cardamom in Pakistan, although I found our house blend to be a nice addition.

Method:

Drain and rinse the beans and add to your mixing bowl.

Chop everything up (except the cilantro)… until you have a bowl of colorful confetti. I was able to use a lot of a mild hatch chili (no spice); you’ll want to be careful if you use a real, spicy chili pepper – a little goes a long way.

 

Now, time for this salad to get dressed.

Lemon juice…

… and oil. Grapeseed oil or vegetable oil is fine.

Add garam masala, salt and pepper, to taste.

Toss the salad and refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, mix with a happy helping of torn cilantro leaves.

Enjoy with smiling faces and a bright spirit.

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Next time you go to a potluck, spice up everyone’s life with pakistani mixed bean salad. Each bite has bits of chickpea, northern white beans, tomato, onion, and peppers. The salad can be spicy or mild, tart or savory. It all depends on how you mix it. Either way, it’s fresh, healthy, and – thanks to being seasoned with lemon juice, cilantro, and garam masala – just on the other side of unusual. Be sure to make this salad at least a few hours before you need it, to give time for the flavors to meld. Overnight is best.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
3-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
3-8 hours
Pakistani Mixed Bean Salad
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Next time you go to a potluck, spice up everyone’s life with pakistani mixed bean salad. Each bite has bits of chickpea, northern white beans, tomato, onion, and peppers. The salad can be spicy or mild, tart or savory. It all depends on how you mix it. Either way, it’s fresh, healthy, and – thanks to being seasoned with lemon juice, cilantro, and garam masala – just on the other side of unusual. Be sure to make this salad at least a few hours before you need it, to give time for the flavors to meld. Overnight is best.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
3-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
3-8 hours
Ingredients
  • 15 oz canned great northern beans , drained
  • 15 oz canned chickpeas , drained
  • 2 tomatoes , chopped
  • 1/2 large onions , chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper , chopped
  • green chili peppers , minced (to taste)
  • 1 - 1.5 lemon , juiced (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil - OR -
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro , stemmed and torn roughly
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Instructions
  1. Toss everything together and refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, taste and adjust seasonings. Mix with a happy helping of torn cilantro leaves.
Recipe Notes

*I used part of a hatch chili pepper, but in traditional Pakistani cooking you would use a long, skinny, hot pepper – something like a thai bird but longer. My grocery store was out. Real life.

** Garam Masala is made with black cardamom in Pakistan, although I found our house blend to be a nice addition.

5 Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    This looks fantastic! Thank you so much for this recipe…which I have just decided I will be making this evening! I think it will be great to bring for lunch the next day. 🙂

  2. I made this salad twice already in just few days:) It’s awesome! My husband loved it too. I soooo need more easy and tasty recipes like this one. Thank you Sasha!

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  4. Deeksha says

    Thanks for the recipe. But as a neighbor(Indian) I can saurely say that Pakistani’s would not use canned beans for the salad. The ideal thing would be to soak the beans overnight and then cook them before using.

    Definitely gonna try this.

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