Nokot (Chichpea Salad)

X for Xinjiang. Since there is no country which starts with X, we built in an exception to pick out an area/city/territory starting with X, which is famous for its cuisine. So I zeroed in on Xinjiang province, China.

Xinjiang is primarily a Muslim dominated region and their cuisine is influenced by the Central Asian and Turkish Cuisines. The natives there are mostly from the Uighur group. And this particular salad is a street food very popular in the streets of Kashgar. The food of the Uighurs happens to be a tasty and diverse introduction to Chinese Cuisine!

This salad was a tasty success with my husband who is fond of Chinese cuisine. I had only a cup of soaked, boiled chickpeas and he wanted a repeat of the same salad. So I made it with steamed sprouted mung beans which he loved just as much. The key is the sauce/dressing used.

Recipe adapted from here and here
Ingredients - 

Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans, soaked and boiled 1 cup (Canned Chickpeas is a great and quick alternative)
Salt as needed
Carrots, grated 3-4 Tbsp (or as needed)
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 2 Tbp
For Ginger-Vinegar Dressing - 
Ginger, grated 1/4 tsp
Garlic, grated 1/4 tsp
Olive Oil 1 tsp
Rice Wine Vinegar (I used Apple Cider Vinegar) 1 tsp
Honey 1 tsp
Water 1 tsp

Nokot (Chichpea Salad)

Method Of Preparation -
To Prepare the dressing - 
Mix all the ingredients of the dressing in a glass bowl and microwave it for a few seconds so the honey can blend in.

Whisk the dressing well and serve immediately.

To fix the salad - 
Drain the boiled chickpeas and arrange them in a serving plate. 

Sprinkle the grated carrots and chopped coriander leaves.

Drizzle the dressing as needed and serve.

Posted by Harini R on Saturday, September 27, 2014


  1. Usha Rao Says:
  2. I like chickpeas in salad and will try it with this version of sauce.

  3. I liked how the food from this region has ingredients from the Chinese and middle eastern cuisine. Salad looks very good.

  4. Suma Gandlur Says:
  5. Had no idea that Muslim dominated regions do exist in China. That salad sounds healthy and flavorful.

  6. We are salad fans and this sounds nice bookmarking. The dressing would surely compliment the salad ingredients.

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Anything with chickpeas makes me drool, salad looks prefect for me. Love that dressing.

  9. Srivalli Says:
  10. Very good choice Harini, such healthy salad!

  11. beautiful salad recipe...Xinjiang is nothing like the chinese food i know..even i had contemplated this option

  12. beautiful salad recipe...Xinjiang is nothing like the chinese food i know..even i had contemplated this option

  13. Delicious salad. I love the dressing.

  14. Pavani N Says:
  15. Healthy & refreshing salad. Dressing sounds amazing.

  16. Colourful looking salad. And the best part is that all the ingredients in the list are easily available.

  17. Padmajha PJ Says:
  18. Oh yea, that dressing sure is flavorful.Nice choice of dish Harini...

  19. Sreevalli E Says:
  20. Healthy & colorful salad.

  21. wow such an colorful and healthy salad :) I can finish them as a meal..

  22. what a colorful fresh and light salad

  23. Sapana Behl Says:
  24. Colorful , simple yet interesting salad.

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