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Chana Nahit


Nahit is a traditional salad or appetiser made with chick peas that Jews serve on Purim. Substituting chana dal makes it even sweeter.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried chana dal (chick peas in the traditional recipe), cooked and drained, or 2 (14-ounce) cans
  • sodium-reduced garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup nonfat mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed, peeled, and minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped scallion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • Freshly ground pepper and fresh lemon juice to taste (I used one lemon)

Preparation:

  1. While the chana dal are draining, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. Add the drained chana dal, mix, and refrigerate.

Variation:

The chana dal may also be seasoned with spices of your choice—whether allspice and cumin or garlic, onion powder, and spicy paprika. They can be placed a baking sheet and toasted in a 375 degree oven until crisp and served as a snack.

Source:

Harriet Roth's Deliciously Healthy Jewish Cooking, by Harriet Roth, Dutton, 1996, page 274.

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Last modified: January 11, 2001

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