Often when i make a Kaala Chana curry for lunch, I save some boiled chana to make this tangy chaat. Not only is it delicious, it is also very healthy & gets ready in a jiffy! All of us know that black chickpeas are a great source of protein, hence this is doubly good 😋 When you’re in the mood of a plate of chaat but still do not want to cheat on your diet, this recipe will come to your rescue 😉 Of course, you can’t compare it to the scrumptious aloo tikki, but once you try this you’ll know how enjoyable & satisfying this is.
A very simple recipe, the Chana Chaat can be put together in minutes if you have boiled chana in hand. It has several variations & there are plenty of ingredients that can be added to it to make it more delectable. My recipe is straightforward, with just a few basic spices & chopped vegetables. It’s mostly for days when you want to have a light meal or you do not simply have the time to cook something elaborate. I also count on this salad of sorts on days when I’m alone at home & do not feel like cooking for one 😁
So, let’s get going & see how easy it is to make this delightful dish!
Chana ChaatCourse: AppetizersCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
A flavourful salad/chaat made with boiled black chickpeas.
Kaale chane (black chickpeas): 2 cups
Onion: 1/2 cup chopped
Tomato: 1/4 cup chopped
Cucumber: 1/2 cup chopped
Green chilli: 3, finely chopped
Fresh coriander: A handful, chopped
Black salt: 1/2tsp
Chaat masala: 1tsp
Bhuna jeera powder (roasted cumin): 1tsp
Black pepper powder: 1/2tsp
Red chilli powder: 1/2tsp
Lemon juice: 2tbsp
Salt to taste
- Take a bowl. Put the boiled chickpeas, chopped onion, tomatoes, cucumber & green chillies in it.
- Now add the salt, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala & bhuna jeera powder. Next, pour in the lemon juice & give everything a good mix.
- Check for seasoning. Add fresh chopped coriander & serve.
- You can add as many or as few ingredients to this dish. Some ideas can be: khatti meethi chutney, sev, boiled potatoes, pomegranate arils, crushed papdi etc. Get creative!
- Add lemon juice according to your taste. You can swap that with amchur powder if you wish.
- Boiled chickpeas can be stored in the fridge for a few days so you can assemble this chaat anytime.
- Serve as a salad or as a meal. This is a very healthy option for weight-watchers.