Chana Chaat is a popular Indian snack where cooked chickpeas are tossed with fresh cut onions, tomatoes, tamarind chutney, ground aromatic spices and herbs. This easy to make chana chaat is spicy, slightly sour and sweet with a punch of so many flavors and textures. More over it is healthy, protein packed, filling and is super delicious. Serve it for a snack any time of the day. It also makes a great party snack too.
Chana chaat is so much popular across India and you will find it being made everywhere. Right from the households, push carts selling street foods to the restaurants specialized in chaat foods, you will find various versions being served.
So there is no one way to make this. You will almost never find chana chaat tasting same in any 2 places. Some use yogurt, some places serve it with potatoes and some are made with all different kinds of chutneys – green, tamarind and red chutney.
In this post I share a simple and easy to make chana chaat with pantry staples. Whipping up this chaat is super easy and can be done under 10 mins, if you have pre-boiled or canned chickpeas. Just chop the veggies and mix all the ingredients together.
You can make this chaat with white chickpeas (kabuli chana) or black chickpeas (kala chana), whatever you like. I make it with whatever I have. It can also be made with any kind of soft cooked legumes or beans or even sprouts.
We are also not very particular about using sev for the topping. On occasions I end up topping with boondi or even with Chivda, cornflakes, baked chips or tortilla chips. I know this sounds funny but don’t stop yourself from making this just because you don’t have sev.
How to Make Chana Chaat (Stepwise Photos)
1. To make chana chaat, first rinse and soak half cup chickpeas overnight or for at least 6 to 8 hours. Later drain the water and rinse them very well. Pour fresh water just enough to cover them about 1 cup.
2. Cover and Pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles on a medium heat or in the instant pot for 16 minutes, until chana turns tender.
3. When the pressure drops, drain the water and reserve it. You can add it to soups, rasam, curry, sambar or to knead roti dough. Cool chana completely.
Make Chana Chaat
4. Add chaat masala, salt and cumin powder . Also add tamarind chutney or tamarind paste mixed with honey or dates syrup. Add chopped green chilies, onions, tomatoes & coriander leaves. Toss everything well. You can also skip tamarind chutney and use just lemon juice. Add more salt, spice and chaat masala if needed.
Serve chana chaat immediately. Top this with your favorite crunchies like sev, farsan/ mixture or boondi.
Kala Chana Chaat
This was another time I made with onions, tomatoes, grated carrots, crispy air fried potatoes and sev.
To make crispy potatoes dice the potatoes and fry them in 2 tablespoons of oil until crispy or air fry in the air fryer until crisp. I air fried for 4 to 5 minutes at 360F /180 C. Cool them first before adding here.
Add the cumin powder, chaat masala and tamarind chutney.
Taste test and adjust salt and spice powders.
Garnish chana chaat with sev. Serve immediately.
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- ½ cup dried chickpeas (or 1½ to 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas)
- 1 onion (small, chopped finely)
- 1 tomato (small, deseeded & chopped finely)
- ¼ cup cucumber (chopped, optional)
- 2 sprigs coriander leaves (chopped finely)
- 1 to 2 green chili chopped
- 1 to 2 tablespoon tamarind chutney or lemon juice (refer notes)
- ½ teaspoon chaat masala (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder (optional)
- ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- 2 tablespoons sev / boondi/ farsan/ mixture or corn flakes
- 2 tablespoons curd / dahi
- 1 teaspoon green chutney
- 1 small potato diced and boiled or air fried
- Rinse chickpeas well under running water at least thrice. Soak them in lot of water for at least 6 to 8 hrs or overnight.
- Later drain the water and add them to the cooker.
- Pour water just enough to cover them or about 1 cup. Cover the pressure cooker.
- Pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles on a medium flame or in the instant pot for 16 minutes. You can even cook in a pot with enough water to cover them. Chana should be soft and cooked well but not mushy.
- When the pressure drops, open the cooker and drain off the water. Add it soups, curries, rasam, sambar or make dough.
How to Make Chana Chaat
- Cool the chana completely. Add salt, chaat masala and cumin powder
- Add tamarind chutney if using. If you do not have tamarind chutney simply squeeze in some lemon juice or make your own following my notes below.
- Add chopped onions, chilies, tomatoes and cucumber.
- Toss all of these and taste test. Add more spices or chaat masala if required. Optionally you may add green chutney, potatoes (boiled or fried) or even whisked thick curd.
- Transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with some sev or mixture or crushed cornflakes. Sprinkle coriander leaves.
- Serve chana chaat immediately.
- Make your own tamarind chutney by mixing 1 tablespoon tamarind paste with 1 tablespoon honey or date syrup, pinch of salt, little chilli powder and cumin powder.
- You can replace kabuli chana with any cooked beans or legumes like pinto beans, rajma, cooked green peas, white peas or even with sprouts etc.
- Zucchini, carrots, boiled sweet corn also go well in this chaat.
- To make the chana chaat healthier, skip fried sev and use corn flakes or baked tortilla chips etc. Crush them and garnish.
- I cube the potato to tiny cubes, about half inch and air fry them until crispy. Cool and use it in the chana chaat.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
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