Sunday, 10 November 2013

Black Eyed Peas Salad - Safed Chora Salad - 10th November, Potluck Party Cyber Style

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

As the day of Diwali moved away from us it also seems that uniquely sensory experience that was witnessed from the row of diya's faded away from our homes, also the glam sham that comes with the bright and colourful attire, also comes to an end, although on a happy note Diwali leaves an impact on us in a way that friends and family get together and spent happy times. These special times of togetherness, celebrations, delicacies, love and joyful moments can last us throughout the year. That's the way all festivals and celebrations, contribute in our life where wisdom and knowledge is gained from our elderly and experienced.

The festival of Diwali, has always taught me to become aware of our customs and values. It maybe the importance of cooking and other traditional values. I have understood how important it is that with certain festivals and occasions particular foods are a necessity. Having said that for Hindu new year's day which arrives after the day of Diwali, a particular ingredient is very commonly used amongst Gujarati homes and that is Chori-Chodi or Chawli ( Black Eyed Peas ). It is an auspicious tradition to eat black-eyed peas on the New year and is thought to bring good luck and prosperity, It can be eaten in any form. Surprise came to me while I was searching some nutritional information for black eyed peas, on Google, I found out on Wikipedia that, In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's day is thought to bring prosperity in the new year. In India and at my home we prepare either Black Eyed Pea sabji or Salad.

After having so much indulgences of Diwali mithais , it is a nice change to eat salad from the new year's day and as a healthy start.  Few simple ingredients gives our bodies a break and chance to recover.

This is it.. ! Salad that we can't get enough of it, recipe is by my mum. since new year day which was on 4th of November, I already made 4 times. Salad which is packed with flavour and crunch, with Black Eyed Peas, tomatoes, red onion, herbs and lemon juice - Salad Hybrid !
D E L I C I O U S ! Hearty, fresh and nutritious salad can be eaten chilled or at room temperature.

Today 10th November, and Potluck Party, Cyber Style is getting ready to rock the party, I know my friends had been indulging in Diwali celebrations and food, so I thought it is a good idea to take healthy yet tasty and easy to make recipe to beat the festive binge :)
I'm optimistic that this salad will be a huge hit amongst my friends !

You will need :-
  • 1 cup raw black eyed peas
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cubed cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes ( I used cherry tomatoes )
  • 1 small fresh green chilli finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander and mint
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. dhana jeera powder ( cumin and coriander powder )
  • 1/4 tsp. Chaat Masala ( optional )
Method :-
Clean, wash and soak black eyed peas in water for 2-3 hours.
Cook soaked black eyed peas in salted water till well done, but not mashed.
Drain the water and leave peas aside and let it cool slightly.
Add all the other ingredients and toss well.
Serve on it's own or as side dish.
Enjoy !
Happy Cooking :)
Linking it to Potluck Party, Cyber Style and Made with love Mondays !


  1. very delicious and healthy....

  2. I love black eyed peas and I knew that in the South (US), these are considered good luck if eaten on New Years. I had no idea there was a similar tradition in India. Very cool and learned something new...


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