Lentil salad, I mean not just ordinary lentil salad, it is truly magic lentil salad. Though we all have already tried lentil salad several times but this time it is something that is very simple but different in taste and most delicious & easy to make lentil salad what I have ever eaten.
The “magic’ word is used here, so I want to make it clear here that it is not unreal, if you are thinking so, haha.
Though normally we all prefer simple cucumber & onion salad because it is easy to make and cucumber & onion are always available in any normal kitchen’s inventory. Another very common item for making such simple salad bowl is tomato which is also easily available in any normal Indian kitchen. Tomato is most important ingredients to make any kind of Indian gravy. It is very often used to make spicy gravy. So these three vegetables along with some dressing are capable of making a delicious salad. But in North India white colored sweet radish is another common ingredient for making a yummy salad. If you belong to North Indian you have definitely noticed that many street food vendors also offer raw radish slices as a salad along with pinches of salt & lemon juices. Most funny thing is that in many villages in Northern India many people even can enjoy their drinks with simple radish salad. I even witnessed such things in border villages in Delhi, haha.
But whenever you will want to have lentil salad then you will need some planning because it needs time to make. You can not make it in a jiffy like simple cucumber & onion salad or any other such simple salad. It is because of lentils what needs to be soaked in water for hours or it needs to be pressure cooked. Well, pressure cooking can reduce the processing time of this salad drastically but the taste will be different in such case but still, it will be good. But if we soak lentils in water then it will be much better, sprouted lentils are best in such case but then you will need more time too. But sprouted lentils bring YUM factor to this magic lentil salad.
I normally prefer such magic lentil salad for weekend dinner, it even works fantastically if you plan for outdoor dinner or backyard party with family members. You can prepare within a few minutes if you have lentils soaked in water. So if you plan for a backyard party or any family party one day earlier then you can do this otherwise you have to boil lentils a in pressure cooker. I generally prefer green gram lentils (whole) but it works good with black gram lentils (lentils).
Magic lentil salad recipe
- 1 cup whole green gram lentils
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- ½ cup finely chopped carrot
- ½ cup green peas
- 1.5 tsp soy sauce
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp black pepper powder
- 2.5 tsp honey
- Salt as needed
- Soak whole green gram lentils in water for over night or boil it for 10-12 minutes
- Prepare all other ingredients (onion, carrot, green peas) and assemble in a large bowl
- Now mix all ingredients for salad dressing in a small bowl and spread oven salad and toss to mix