kala chana chaat

Kala chana chaat is a tangy and tasty snack made from black chickpeas. It 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 like Pani puri, Bhel puri, Sev puri, Pav bhaji.

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kala chana chaat, black chickpeas chaat

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 flavors, 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
✓ vegan
✓ gluten free.

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.

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Kala Chana Chaat

4.72 from 7 votes
Kala chana chaat is a tangy and tasty snack made from black chickpeas
kala chana chaat recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:7 mins
Total Time:12 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 cup dried black chickpeas (kala chana) or 2.5 to 3 cups cooked black chickpeas
  • 1 medium 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 to 2 green chilies, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon black salt - add more if required
  • some chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


cooking kala chana

  • 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

making kala chana chaat

  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients including the black 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 it cold.
  • Before serving just garnish with some coriander leaves and lemon wedges.


Tips for making kala chana chaat

  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.
  4. You can also add some grated carrot or grated/chopped cucumber or boiled potatoes.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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18 comments/reviews

  1. Nice chaat recipe,thanx

    • thank you priya 🙂

  2. Loved this healthy recipe and kids also love the same … 🙂4 stars

    • thanks prashant

  3. Very nice ! Just made it and enjoying the ‘Chaat’ as I type 🙂

  4. 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.

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

  5. make somethg similar and often- looks yum

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

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

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

  9. Healthy and yummy chaat….looks very appealing. Love the lighting in your pics 🙂

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

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

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

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

  13. Hi Dassana

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


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