Recently, I asked my sister if she knew about Kale, she instantly replied with "The New Godleaf". Well, I couldn't deny that, everybody seems to be eating Kale and surprisingly the trend has also caught up in India where people are cultivating it at home gardens. Indians take very well to bitter leaves and vegetables, so Kale is sure to please.
Of many things I love about Kale, one is it's such a sturdy leaf. Unlike spinach, it doesn't wilt into a messy ugly green. Infact when flash cooked, it's shiner and glossier than raw.
If you one of those people who like to tickle every taste bud, this salad is for you. The crunchy and spicy chickpeas are a nibbler's paradise. Kale provides body and a slight bitter edge to the salad. And the red chilli sprinkled mango? Cuts the spices with its sweetness, yet in a way enhances the whole salad. This salad keeps very well and is in fact better the next day, where the kale softens further with the acidity of lemon. The herb in the dressing is a must. You could choose between mint and basil, they both are equally delicious.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, Kale and Mango Salad With Lemon Mint Dressing
1 cup boiled chickpeas, fresh or canned
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
1 bunch kale, shredded
1 mango, cut into cubes
1/2 tsp red chilly powder(optional)
Preheat the oven to 200 C. Mix all the ingredients except roasted cumin powder and bake for 35- 40 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice in between to ensure even cooking.
At 35 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and toss in the kale and roasted cumin powder. Mix well, so the kale is lightly coated with the spices as well. Return to the oven and cook for another 5 minutes. Let it cool.
Toss the mangoes will 1/2 tsp red chilly powder and add to above mix.
Lemon Mint Dressing
1/4 cup mint or basil leaves
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Using a blender, blend all the ingredients.
Toss the salad with the dressing. You will require only half the dressing.
Serve at room temperature.