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…..
this kala chana chaat 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 :-P
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.
kala chana chaat recipe below:
- 1 cup dried black chickpeas/kala chana or 2 cups canned cooked black chickpeas
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 large tomato, finely chopped
- 1 small raw mango, peeled and finely chopped (optional) - the one i added was a little ripe
- 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped or minced
- 1 tsp red chili powder/cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder/bhuna jeera powder
- 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
- 2 or 3 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp black salt - add more if required
- some chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
- soak the dry chickpeas overnight or for 8-9 hours.
- once they are soaked, drain the water.
- in a pressure cooker add the soaked chickpeas with enough water.
- pressure cook for 6-7 minutes or till the chickpeas are cooked well.
- once the pressure cooker cools down, drain the cooked chickpeas
- in a large bowl, add all the ingredients including the chickpeas.
- mix well.
- taste and if required add more of the spice powders or salt.
- garnish with some chopped coriander leaves. serve kala chana chaat warm.
- you can also refrigerate and serve the chana chaat cold.
- before serving kala chana chaat just garnish with some coriander leaves and lemon wedges.
2. you can also make the same recipe with cooked white or green chickpeas. the chaat also taste great with steamed sprouted moong beans.
3. if you can get canned cooked chickpeas, then the chaat gets done in five minutes flat. excellent even with some toasted bread.
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