kala chana chaat recipe, black chickpeas chaat recipe | chaat recipes

by dassana amit updated January 27, 2014

kala chana chaat: kala chana chaat recipe

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:

no oil
no sugar
no fat
high protein
low carbs
gluten free….

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.

if you are looking for more chaat recipes then do check palak chaatfruit chaatdelhi papdi chaat, white chana chaat, idli chaat and corn chaat.

kala chana chaat recipe below:

kala chana chaat recipe
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kala chana chaat – tangy snack made from black chickpeas
Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: indian
  • 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
  1. soak the dry chickpeas overnight or for 8-9 hours.
  2. once they are soaked, drain the water.
  3. in a pressure cooker add the soaked chickpeas with enough water.
  4. pressure cook for 6-7 minutes or till the chickpeas are cooked well.
  5. once the pressure cooker cools down, drain the cooked chickpeas
  6. in a large bowl, add all the ingredients including the chickpeas.
  7. mix well.
  8. taste and if required add more of the spice powders or salt.
  9. garnish with some chopped coriander leaves. serve kala chana chaat warm.
  10. you can also refrigerate and serve the chana chaat cold.
  11. before serving kala chana chaat just garnish with some coriander leaves and lemon wedges.
1. the spice powders, black salt, green chilies and lemon juice can be adjusted as per your taste preferences.
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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Prathibha July 19, 2013 1

Very nice ! Just made it and enjoying the ‘Chaat’ as I type :)


Monika Kaushal February 5, 2013 2

Hi Dassana
I had people coming for dinner wanted make easy & fast starter tried this first time and thanks to you its turned out so delicious everyone wanted to know how to make this…what is in it? Love it :-) I used mint instead of coriander all i can say it was yum yum. Thanks again.


dassana February 5, 2013 3

wow… thats nice. mint will also give a nice flavor instead of coriander. thanks monica.


yumgoggle July 27, 2012 4

Hmmm….the combination looks delicious. Can’t wait to try a real authentic Indian recipe. Your clicks are amazing.
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Priya Sreeram July 26, 2012 5

make somethg similar and often- looks yum


Poornima July 26, 2012 6

Love this kind of chaat and the mango is my favorite thing in it.


Courtney Rae Jones July 25, 2012 7

Dassana, this looks like the perfect snack! Yum!!! Mmmm! Love the spice with the sweet mango.


Nisa Homey July 25, 2012 8

Perfect filling snack …… remember having this at Mysore….


Sharmilee July 25, 2012 9

Healthy and yummy chaat….looks very appealing. Love the lighting in your pics :)


Jen @ Savory Simple July 25, 2012 10

Pinned! This looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it.


Shashi July 25, 2012 11

The chat is a great idea.
if you sprout the black chickpeas and then boil them it is even healthiar.


dassana July 25, 2012 12

i know shashi, sprouted black chickpeas also taste good and are healthy.


Anamika @ madcookingfusions July 24, 2012 13

this is one healthy treat, loved all the clicks absolutely FAB :)!


Katha July 24, 2012 14

Hi Dassana

It looks yummy, definitively i will make it and hope it tastes good without onions.



dassana July 25, 2012 15

dear katha, it will taste good without onions too. probably you can add some chopped boiled potatoes.


Swasthi Blank July 24, 2012 16

Adding raw mango to this chat is new to me. lovely clicks Dassana! Loved pairing the chat with newspaper. wonderful.