How to make Green Gram Smoothie or Fresh Garbanzo Beans Smoothie. Perfect way to use those fresh chickpeas in winter
Who doesn’t love smoothies? They’re easy to make, handy to carry around, and can be a quick go to for breakfast or as a a mid day snack. In the daily running around, it’s much better to have a smoothie than have those unhealthy snacks. We usually prefer smoothies for breakfasts in the household when there is the morning rush happening around the house. And this Green Gram smoothie has become a winter fast favourite.
And a smoothie with green gram? – Green gram is incredibly healthy and has high fiber and nutrient content – I love green gram because they are so versatile to cook with. Green gram is seasonal and are usually available in winter. They are also called Choliya or Punjabi Chana. They are tender,juicy and a great snack to nibble on, especially fresh ones. Eat them raw or steam them with kala namak – and you have a brilliant side dish. You can even sauté these with cumin seeds and add lemon and salt for a quick and healthy snack.
We’ve tried Cholia ka Nimona here and Cholia aur Aloo ki Sabzi as well which goes incredibly well, served with hot rotis and a dollop of desi ghee. The texture of the cholia – which are sweeter than chickpeas but less mushier than green peas and their inherent sweetness mixed with aloo just makes it a heavenly combination.
But then, as always I digress. This smoothie is a healthy way of having green grams, without the extra calories to feel guilty later about 😀
The apple and banana that we add in this smoothie give it the sweetness and good nutritional value as well, and the tanginess of the curd just takes it to another level. The freshness of the basil leaves add a great punch.
So what are we waiting for – here’s the recipe, without further ado.
Green Gram Smoothie
- 1/2 cup fresh green gram fresh garbanzo beans or cholia
- 1 apple chopped
- 1 banana
- 2 basil leaves
- 1/4 cup curd
- Blend all the ingredients together in a blender till smooth. Add a bit of milk/coconut milk/water if the smoothie is too thick
- Serve with a basil leaf for garnish