Konkani Pachadi / Vegan Chana Dal Salad

The other day I was talking to Mom and she told me about Pachadi. Its a vegan salad with coconut, raw mango and protein rich chana dal. And now mangoes are available. So, here I am with a traditional Konkani side dish.

Chana Dal/Split Chickpeas - 1/2 cup
Green Raw Mango (grated) - 3/4 cup
Shredded Coconut (fresh or frozen) - about 3/4 cup
Green Chilies - 1 or 2
Curry Leaves/Kadipata/Karbeo - 6
Coriander/Cilantro Leaves - few sprigs

How to make Konkani Chana Dal Amli Pachadi:
  • Soak chana dal in plenty of water overnight. Wash soaked dal well. Grind the dal coarsely. Add as little water as possible. I used a food processor and I didn't add any water. Set it aside.
  • Grind coconut, green chilies, curry leaves, coriander leaves and salt to a fine paste. Add about 1/4 cup water.
  • In a mixing bowl, add grated raw mango, coarsely ground chana dal and the fine coconut paste. Mix well and your Vegan Pachadi is ready.
  • Depending on how tart you want the Pachadi to be, add more or less raw mango. Same goes for green chilies.
  • Garnish with grated raw mango or cilantro and serve Pachadi as a side dish.