Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lentil Salad

I make this healthy salad for breakfast atleast 2-3 times a week. I've experimented with different kinds of sprouts and lentils, and each one has such unique tastes that it's not really possible to pick a favorite.

I've found the easiest lentils to sprout, though, are the Green Gram lentils and the Turkish Gram or Moth lentils. They take an average of 16-24 hours in the hot Chennai weather, so I'm assuming a little longer in other parts of the world. For more on sprouting lentils, please see here.

Quick and Easy Lentil Salad

1 cup Sprouted Lentils of your choice (I used Green Gram sprouts, which are super healthy and delicious)
1/2 cup Cucumber, skinned and chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
1 Onion, chopped (optional - I prefer shallots or spring onions - they lend a less intense flavor)
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice

Dressing: I used a chutney made of grinding together green chillies, cilantro and gram dal (also known as pottu kadalai).

Combine all the above and enjoy a healthy and tasty meal.

This is off to Lisa at the Vegetarian Kitchen for No Croutons Required's Soups and Salads, which features lentils this month.


Happy cook said...

Tgis is indeed a vry healthy salade.
The plate looks so full of freshness

Siri said...

Sprouts + spicy green chutney --> Y.U.M.M.O.. what else can we can ask for.. nice looking salad Anu..:D


Rachel said...

I posted a similar your version of the dressing!

Devi Priya said...

I have just made this salad for lunch. But for dressing I just use lemon juice, salt and pepper to keep it simple. That way kids get to eat it too without fuss.

Simran said...

What a brilliant idea for a protein rich breakfast!

Sig said...

Nice plating Arundathi..and hats off to you for eating such healthy stuff in the morning!

ranji said...

such a cool and refreshng salad anu..very healthy too:)

Arundathi said...

Happy cook - Yup - can't get much healthier! :-)

Siri - Thanks :)

Rachel - loved your version too - just checked it out.

Devi Priya - Thats great that your kids love the sprouts.

Simran - thanks :)

Sig - lol - thanks - my humble attempt to get a healthy start to the day!

Ranji - yup, it is!

Lisa said...

Thanks for your entry this month! I don't usually serve lentils for breakfast, but this is no doubt a very satisfying start to the day!

Arundathi said...

Lisa - you're welcome! I start the day with lots of protein which keeps me full for a long time and gives me lots of energy! :-)

Ivy said...

I saw your recipe from the round up. Sounds delicious.

Arundathi said...

Ivy - thanks so much - I have to go check the round-up!