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Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing

Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty|

Hello there my friends!! Long time, no see.

Boy, is it hard to get to a routine after a fun 2 months of no cooking, no photography, and just lazing around.

Hope your summer went well. Any interesting things you did during summer, would love to hear.

It’s quite appropriate to say that we traveled the whole globe in the last 2 months.  It was one heck of a fun summer, travels, family, lots of food and more food.

I have a post coming up soon on my travels, with pictures of monuments, food, and all the colors.  Well, before I could jump into that post, life happened.  School and routine began, and what to pack for school lunch is now always on my mind.  This is one of my go to lunches for the boys and makes for a colorful and healthy meal. Pack the sauce separately and add any veggies you like.  It’s a base and tastes absolutely good even when it’s only slightly warm.


Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty| Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty|

Healthy and a perfectly balanced dish, with an amazing sauce.  Hope you get to try it out!

Have a wonderful week!  All the best for all the kids who start school this week.



Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty| Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty|

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Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad with Peanut Curry Dressing
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Serves: 4
  • 2 cups dry pasta(any pasta with some
  • 8 oz of canned chickpea or cooked chickpea 1 cup
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • basil - 15-20 leaves
For the dressing
  • Toasted Peanuts - 2 tbsp
  • Almonds 2 tbsp
  • sesame seeds -1 tbsp
  • Lime juice from ½ lime
  • ⅓ tsp red chili flakes
  • sriracha- 1tsp
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 garlic
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • Olive oil -1 tsp
  • cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • roasted fennel seeds -1/3 tsp(optional)
  • 1 stalk green onion/scallion
  • Water to thin the dressing
  1. Cook the pasta till al dante and run it through cold water to take away any starch. Set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, you can make the dressing.
  3. Grind everything required for the dressing to a smooth paste. Add a tablespoon or so of the hot water to thin it down. It should be of pourable consistency.
  4. Take a pan, add a tsp of oil and ⅓ tsp fennel and add the cooked chickpeas. If you are using the canned, drain it very well and then use.
  5. Toss them well and add the cherry tomatoes and toss for 30 seconds to a minute. Take it off the heat.
  6. Add the pasta and veggies in a bowl and top it with basil.
  7. Add the dressing 15 minutes before serving.


Chickpea-Cherry Tomatoes-Basil Pasta Salad in a Peanut-Curry Dressing |foodfashionparty|

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  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan August 30, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Asha – WELCOME BACKKKK!!! I’ve missed your posts friend – even though I’ve been following your travels on IG, I cannot wait to see your travels post!
    But, now to this salad – it’s such a wonderful blend of deliciousness and LOVE that almond/honey/lime/curry dressing! I bet your boys thoroughly enjoyed digging into this in the middle of the day – I know I sure would!
    So good to have you back, dear friend!

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar September 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Missed you so much Sashi. Hope your summer was wonderful my dear friend. Can’t wait to visit your space.

  • Reply Jennifer Emilson August 30, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    What a lovely way to get back into the swing of things! Looks amazing! Love the dressing. So looking forward to your travel post. In the meantime, have fun getting back into a good routine 🙂

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar September 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Thanks my dear Jen! Glad to be back and yes, the travel post will be up soon. It’s a lot of pics to sort through. Big hugs.

  • Reply Stephanie McKinnie August 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Hello! Welcome home, Ash!!! It is always hard for me to get back into a routine after time away.
    This is my kind of salad, I love peanut sauce! Lucky kids! I am looking forward to your travel post! xO

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar September 2, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Glad to be back my dear. It’s definitely quite hard. I can’t wait to write out my travel post, so many pictures, and so many activities. Hugs my dear.

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes August 31, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Nice to see you update the blog :-)) The salad looks beautiful and that peanutty curry dressing is definitely the star here.

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar September 2, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thanks so much dear Angie. Missed visiting your space my dear. HOpe you had a wonderful summer. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.

  • Reply Bina August 31, 2016 at 3:57 am

    My kind of pasta salad, Asha…..and the dressing sounds AMAZING 🙂

  • Reply Carla Habib August 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Hello Asha, kudos to you for taking a break and not making excuses for it. We all deserve a break and I admire you for taking yours! Love this recipe! I can’t wait to try. Welcome back!!

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar September 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

      That is such a sweet thing to say my dear. Sending you my love.
      Big hugs and glad to be back. xx

  • Reply Rakhee@boxofspice September 1, 2016 at 1:32 am

    What a gorgeous pasta salad Ash! I love peanut sauce and it is a regular in our house. We just use it slightly differently. 🙂 I will definitely try this for lunch soon. Looks delicious and so colorful. Welcome back girl!

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar September 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thanks girl. Peanut anything is so yum right?!! Hugs Love.

  • Reply honeywhatscooking September 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Welcome Asha. First, I wanna say I loved your pictures in India.. it’s amazing how you were able to capture such gorgeous shots in INDIA… I’m only saying that cause when I go, I can barely find pretty and fancy plates to showcase the food in. You did an amazing job. And this dressing is calling my name.. so intensely flavored!!!

  • Reply Manali@CookWithManali September 5, 2016 at 12:22 am

    welcome back Asha!! love this dish, peanut anything is always delicious!

  • Reply John/Kitchen Riffs September 7, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Welcome back! Always nice to take a little break, isn’t it? But so glad to see you again — we’re hungry, and didn’t know what we were going to do without one of your wonderful recipes! 🙂 This looks terrific — thanks.

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