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Mangoes & Lentils Are The Perfect Pair In This Fresh Summer Salad

Chetna Makan
Chetna Makan
Chef & Cookbook Author
By Chetna Makan
Chef & Cookbook Author
Chetna Makan was a finalist of The Great British Baking Show in 2014 and is the author of four cookbooks, including Chetna's Healthy Indian Vegetarian.
Lentil and Mango Salad
Image by Nassima Rothacker
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In her newest cookbook, Chetna's Healthy Indian Vegetarian, Chetna Makan shares recipes for everyday vegetarian cooking and veggie-based feasting, all infused with and inspired by the flavors of India—the ones she learned from cooking with her mum. This unexpected recipe for a protein-packed, vegan-friendly salad uses simple ingredients and vibrant spices to make it a surefire future favorite.

You might wonder what lentils are doing in a salad with mangoes, but let me tell you that I was just as surprised when I tried this at a friend's house. She often makes it in the summer, when mangoes are in season, and it's quickly become one of my favorites too.

Don't worry if you can't find Indian green mangoes—you can use ordinary hard, unripe mangoes from the supermarket instead.

Lentil and Mango Salad

Serves 4


For the salad

  • 100 g split moong dal
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 raw green or unripe mango, peeled and finely chopped 

For the tadka

  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Soak the moong dal in a bowl of cold water for 3 to 4 hours, then drain thoroughly. Return to the bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients.
  2. To make the tadka, heat the oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds. Once they start to sizzle, remove the pan from the heat and add the chili flakes and salt. Pour this over the salad. 
  3. Drizzle the salad with the lemon juice, toss it all well, and serve. 
  4. This will last in the fridge for a couple of days. 
Excerpted with permission from Chetna's Healthy Indian Vegetarian by Chetna Makan and Mitchell Beazley. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.
Chetna Makan author page.
Chetna Makan
Chef & Cookbook Author

Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in central India. She has a degree in fashion and worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the United Kingdom in 2003. After reaching the semi-final of The Great British Baking Show in 2014, she wrote her first book The Cardamom Trail, which is a celebration of baking with Indian flavors. In addition, she now has a very popular YouTube channel 'Food with Chetna' where she shares her creative flair for food. She is the author of three additional cookbooks: Chait, Chaat & Chutney, Chetna’s Healthy Indian, and Chetna’s Healthy Indian Vegetarian.