Kala chana refers to black chickpeas. Chaat is a medley of different flavours. There are different kinds of chaats available in India. To name a few – Bhel puri, paani Puri,Sev Puri, Masala Puri, Katori Chaat, Dahi Puri, Samosa Chaat, Tikki Chaat, Aloo Sev Puri, Chana Chaat and the list goes on. Chaat is mostly available as street food in India. People of all age groups love chaat. This is what most eat for a snack when they are out shopping, just sitting by the beach or when they go for a stroll in a garden. All tourist spots have stalls or mall joints where they sell chaat. Believe me it’s lip smacking. I really miss having chaat. If you get a chance to visit India, do try some of these. But if your stomach cannot take street food then try them from some fast food joints.
Kala Chana chaat not usually available in the streets. I first had this kind of chaat in buffet restaurants. This is usually served as a salad or as a side.
Very quick to prepare. Best part unlike other chaat dishes this doesn’t use oil. But since it involves chickpeas you would need to soak them overnight or you can use a can of chickpeas available in the market which ready soaked and boiled.
Yes, the hob is still not repaired. So I’m forced into eating only boiled veggies and salads. :)So had to use a can of ready cooked chickpeas from the market. If you using a can make sure you rinse them well enough to take off the brine used to preserve them.
You can also prepare the same using yellow/white chickpeas.
Black chickpeas – about 200 gms, which is soaked overnight/a ready cooked can
Onion – 1 medium-sized, finely chopped
Potato – 1 large potato, peeled & cubed
Salad Tomato – 1 large, de-seeded and finely chopped, you can use regular tomatoes too
Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
Chaat masala (optional) – 1/4 tsp
Green chilli – 1, finely chopped, you don’t want big pieces that you may accidentally bite into
Coriander leaves – 2-3 sprigs, finely chopped
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
If you are soaking the chickpea at home then,wash the chickpeas which has been soaked overnight and boil them with enough water which contains salt, till they are cooked. You can pressure cook them as well, if you like. Drain the water and keep aside.
Boil the cubed potatoes in the microwave with water which has salt. Make sure the microwave setting is set to high. They should be boiled in about 8-10 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.
If you are using a ready can of chickpeas, rinse them at least 5-6 times in cold water to remove any brine content.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the chickpeas, potatoes, chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilli, chaat masala. Add some salt sufficient for the veggies added, since the chickpeas & potatoes have already been boiled with salt. Squeeze lemon juice.
Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.
Serve as a salad.
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