Thursday, September 19, 2013

Black Chana Chaat - Black Chickpeas hot salad

I resolve not to talk about sad things and our inability and helplessness to do anything about it. If I dwell I will cry or get angry so will quickly move on to other things ...

Evening is a difficult time at home. Everyone comes home hungry and eating junk is just not enough. Having a few quick to put together snack before dinner time is rapidly becoming a necessity. So I adapt anything I see or read that is quick easy and satisfying.

When we were in India this summer I avoided watching TV. The programming has become crass and not so fun. The long running serials the less said about them the better. Anyway the food shows were the only bright spot. The chefs are doing innovative things with mostly Indian ingredients. But me being me I have a complaint. Most of the food presented is also high fat and high calories. None of the chefs I watched took even a moment to advise people of eating a healthy diet but that is a story for another day.

Anyway a channel I watched a lot was 'Food Food' and one my favorite chefs on there was 'Turban Tadka'. Besides cooking he was highly entertaining. This channa chaat recipe is based on what I saw on one of his shows - Chana Chor Garam Chaat. I decided to up the vegetables and skip the Sev and Chana Chor Garam because I did not have them and not very fond of both.

Usually when I soak beans for making a curry I save a cup or two for a snack to be made later in the week. Refrigerate them cooked and the cooking time is even less. I had saved some soaked black chana and they even sported a few sprouts after a few days in the fridge.

Black Chana Chaat
Preparation Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time:15 minutes
  1. 1 1/2 cup soaked and cooked black channa(Chickpeas)
  2. 4-5 green chilies seeds removed and finely minced
  3. 1 tsp coriander powder
  4. 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  5. 1 tsp red chili powder
  6. 3/4 tsp aamchur powder (dried mango powder)
  7. 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  8. 1/4 cup of finely chopped onions
  9. 1 cup of diced raw mangoes
  10. 1/4 cup of finely chopped tomatoes
  11. 1/4 cup of finely chopped cucumbers
  12. 1/2 a lime or tbsp of lime juice
  13. salt to taste
  14. 1 tsp of oil
  15. 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  16. Chaat Masala
  1. Cook the soaked black channa, drain and set aside. Pressure cooker works best for this.
  2. In a saute pan heat oil and when hot season with cumin seeds. Add in the green chilies and saute for a minute.
  3. Add in the cooked and drained black chickpeas and saute for a minute. Now add in the powders - coriander, cumin, red chili powder and aamchur powder and give a good mix.
  4. Add in the coriander leaves and salt and cook for another couple of minutes and turn off the heat.
  5. Serving:
  6. In a serving bowl add some of the cooked chickpeas, top with a few squeezes of lime, add onions(see Note:), tomatoes, cucumbers and mango pieces, sprinkle some chaat masala, mix and a filling snack is ready.
  7. Note:I do not like raw onion so I soak the onions in the lime juice.


  1. delicious and super healthy snacking this chaat :-)

  2. Wat a protein packed,healthy chaat, prefect for an evening snacks.

  3. Dear ISG -- I don't miss "tv" here for the same reasons you mention. I would like the chaat show however, I am sure! I love black chana -- don't use that often enough. Also, I love your photos!

    Thanks for this lovely snack idea (it even includes cucumbers) ;)


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