Chickpeas and Amla Usli/Salad

Chickpeas Usli


If your chickpeas is cooked and ready – This is an easy, quick salad  that you can throw together in about ten minutes. It’s great for a quick lunch, served with crackers or as a accompaniment for rice. Although the basic recipe below is quite tasty. And finally, this little dish makes a lovely snack and a fasting food.

Health benefits:

Chickpeas are indeed very good for you, not least because two to three tablespoons equate to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables. Tinned chickpeas are fine, but fresh boiled ones are slightly higher in vitamins and mineral. Both are equally good sources of fibre, including soluble fibre which can help to lower cholesterol.

  • Yields-2-3 servings
  • Preparation time-20-25 minutes (includes the boiling of chickepeas)
  • Soaking time-overnight
  • Cooking time- 10 minutes


  • Chick peas(chane)-1cup
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Asafoetida- a generous pinch
  • Curry leaves-1-2sprigs
  • Chopped green chillies-2-3
  • Grated amla/indian gooseberry- 2
  • Oil-2tsp
  • Salt- to taste

For garnishing/serving:

  • Chopped cilantro
  • Grated coconut


  • Soak black chane overnight and pressure cook them till they are soft.
  • Heat oil and add mustard seeds.


  • When they start popping, add curry leaves, green chilies, asafoetida, grated amla and saute for a minutes/two
  • Now add cooked chane, salt, and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Garnish with coconut, fresh cilantro mix well and serve.



  • Dry chickpeas can also be replaced with the tinned chickpeas- just that it has to rinsed and washed thoroughly before using.
  • The amla/gooseberry makes the salad/usli bit tangy so if you don’t like the tanginess feel free to reduce the quantity of Amla/gooseberry

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on January 27, 2016, in Indian, Soups, Salad and Wraps. Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  2. The pics are so tempting dear Chitra!! Sounds like a great dish 😋

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  3. Looks very tasty and healthy. I love chickpeas, have never yet been able to get them to cook soft even after soaking, but it does not matter as I use tins. Lovely recipe.


  4. I love it!

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  5. Reblogged this on Home Made Dreams! and commented:

    Looks tasty and sounds healthy, just like it!


  6. Chickpeas have so many names. Where I’m from they are called garbanzo beans! Whatever you call them, they are a great addition to so many things!

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  7. Very nice simple and delicious salad, everything you need nutritionally.

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  8. Such a unique combination!! 🙂

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  9. healthy and tasty! Great pictures Chitra 🙂

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  10. What an easy and healthy salad ,looks so delicious Chitra….

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  11. What a healthy and delicious recipe! I’m curious about the spice asafoetida… I’ve never heard of it before!


  12. Reblogged this on Eat2Health Blog and commented:

    What a simple, nutritious and delicious looking chickpea salad! It’s packed with so many great flavours and ‘Indian gooseberries’; an ingredient we are not familiar with and are keen to explore! Thanks for sharing this great recipe Chitra; we can’t wait to try it! 


  13. Nutritious and delicious at the same time :)Lovely!

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  14. Interesting to add Amla.. nice way to hide this super fruit


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