Chana Chaat

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 Β πŸ˜‹ 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 Β πŸ˜‰ 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 Chaat

Course: AppetizersCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

A flavourful salad/chaat made with boiled black chickpeas.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

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