Meet my favorite Indian street food snack! This is a quintessential cultural favorite and I have taken out some ingredients to make it more wholesome and nourishing. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 min; Cook Time: 20 min
Salad Base Ingredients:
2 cups - Puffed rice
1 Small Onion - Chopped
1/4 Orange Bell Pepper - Chopped
1/4 Yellow Bell Pepper - Chopped
1/4 Red Bell Pepper - Chopped
Toasted cashews (As needed)
Whole roasted peanuts (optional)
Spicy Green Dressing
1 cup mint leaves
2 cups cilantro
2 small green chilies (add less if you want it less spicy)
2 whole limes - Juiced
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
Sweet and Tangy dressing:
1/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
2 tsp tamarind
11/2 cups water
2 tsp coconut sugar
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp cumin
pinch of pink salt
For Salad base: Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl - Serves 4!!
For Spicy Green Dressing: Blend all ingredients together and set aside
For Sweet & Tangy Dressing:
Place the dates and tamarind in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of warm water - Set aside till they become soft
Once soft, blend them into a paste
In a saucepan, add 1 cup of water and set pan at medium heat
Add the date-tamarind paste and give it a stir
Add in the remaining ingredients: turmeric, cumin, and salt - mix it well
Once the sauce/dressing comes to a low boil, set aside and let it cool - Dressing is ready!!!
For the salad, add one serving of the puffed rice salad base. Add a little bit of each dressing and mix it well. The dressing amount should be just right that the salad is coated well but not too soggy!
Garnish with cilantro and green onions! ENJOY!!