Think you can't get enough of protein from a plant-based diet? Too busy to make yourself a healthy meal? Or is cooking an art you haven't mastered yet (but still want to save some bucks?
Well, this meal is something that will tickle your taste buds and you won't stop thanking me. You're welcome! 😊
We are going easy on our diet as our goal is to continue a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Don't be surprised if you ever see me adopting minimalism in future.
Well, that being said, we would like to present to you our new favourite lentil salad that is packed with colours, vitamins, proteins, healthy carbs and is naturally rich in water content.
The making of Hummus:
This creamy chickpea paste is made in 2 simple steps, and just by adding 3 ingredients. For a detailed method of making hummus, we would suggest you click here.
The making of Scrambled Tofu:
Remove the excess water from the tofu and crush it as per liking. Oh! BTW this picture is taken from the internet.
On a hot pan, add a tsp of vegetable oil and a half of roughly chopped onion. Stir it until the onion turns translucent. Add salt to taste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp curry powder. Cook for about 8-9mins. Tadaaa!!
The Making of Lentil Salad:
To a hot saucepan, add a bit of olive oil and cumin seeds and thinly chopped garlic. Sautee the garlic until golden brown and then add a sauce to the lentils. Add and mix all the veggies like the cucumber, carrots, bell pepper, lettuce, tomato, along with the lentils.
Serve the salad, scrambled tofu with a big dollop of homemade hummus and garnish with raw onion and sprinkle black sesame seeds.
It's easier than you think!
Took us about 15 mins to cook the fresh tofu and put all the things together. Lentils can be pre-soaked and cooked the night before to avoid any waste of time (pre-soaked lentils cook faster).
Along with the fact that the tofu is packed with protein, tofu also contains antioxidants and isoflavones such as phytoestrogens that may help protect from cancer, heart diseases etc. We recommend not to over-consume of course.
Hummus is high in fibre and feeds the good bacteria. Its has also been known to improve gut health.
What Lentil? We used black masoor. It is low in calories, rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein. It helps stabilise the blood sugar level and keeps the heart healthy as it lowers cholesterol. It keeps the skin moist for longer and brings out a natural glow.
Pro TIP: My Mother usually grinds the dry masoor dal to a medium powder and adds a bit of milk + turmeric. Use it as a natural scrubber.
This combination of lentil salad is very easy to put together. We can also swap black masoor to mung dal or a black eye bean.
Hope you try this dish and let me know of your feedback via Instagram or Facebook. You can find my profile on the home page.