this kala chana chaat made black chickpeas is much similar to the green chana chaat that one gets at juhu beach in mumbai.
whenever we would go to juhu beach in mumbai, our trip to the beach was not complete without having the chana chaat besides having the rest of the chaat food.
this chaat is often sold on the beaches in mumbai as well as near the railway stations. its english name would be a black chickpea salad but i prefer not to call it a salad.
salads are boring… not a chaat…
of course it is a different thing altogether if you can convert a boring salad into a creative, flavorful & tasty chaat….
firstly a chaat is spicy, sweet, tangy and hot. there are so many flavours, tastes and textures bursting in your mouth that you want to go for more and more.
this black chickpeas chaat is spicy, tangy and can be hot if you add some more chilies to it. this also serves as an excellent starter and can be served both warm and chilled.
plus it makes for a good evening snack with a light tea and some evening news reads…..
also, this is one of those street foods which is healthy:
ok stop dassana… how many clichéd food categories are you going to add more
one more…. one more
besides the cooked chickpeas… everything is raw… so i can add it to the raw food category too
all you need are some cooked black chickpeas and the rest is easily available in your kitchen. feel free to add some grated carrot or grated/chopped cucumber or boiled potatoes to make it more healthy.
finally the chaat can be also had with some warm toasted bread.
for now i end my blah blah and give you the recipe details of kala chana chaat below: