For a change we bring you a salad that features either boondi or puffed rice. You can buy these easily at your Indian grocer. If purchasing puffed rice from the supermarket, make sure that you are not buying sweetened cereal. You need an unsweetened one for this dish.
Boondi are a deep fried, pearl sized, crispy Indian snack food prepared from gram flour (chickpea flour) and few spices. Make sure you have the unsweetened variety of these also. They are available from Indian groceries. Boondi often comes with its own prepared spice mix included in the packet. You can add it to the salad.
The salad is a mix of great flavours – tomato, chilli, chickpeas and coconut. It is very reminiscent of Indian street food. Although this recipe does not feature spices, you could be a devil and add a little chaat masala to it. Chopped cucumber would go really well too.
Perhaps you are looking for other Boondi recipes? Try Boondhi Thayir Pachadi.
Boondi or Puffed Rice Salad with Chickpeas and Coconut Dressing
This is like cereal for grown-ups. Take some boondi or puffed rice – puffed brown rice if you can – and toss with chopped tomatoes, spring onions (scallions), a finely chopped green chilli, chopped coriander leaves, chickpeas and toasted grated coconut. Dress with coconut milk and lime juice.
**Boondi are a deep fried, pearl sized, crispy Indian snack food prepared from gram flour (chickpea flour) and few spices. Make sure you have the unsweetened variety. They are available from Indian groceries, but unsweetened puff rice can be substituted.
recipe notes and alternatives
Boondi often comes with its own prepared spice mix included in the packet. Add it to the salad., or add chaat masala to the salad.
Cucumber, diced, is a great addition.
Add some chopped fresh mango for a lovely sweet hint.
The coconut and coconut milk can be omitted and it is a delightful variation.