Channa (Chickpea) Chaat

Street food is the best way to eat when you are in a country as diverse as India. From chatpati Chaat to mouth watering desserts like Falooda and ice candy, there is something fun about standing on the road side and munching on these good eats!

Chaat of any kind is always welcome and I haven’t come across any Indian yet (is there one?) who doesn’t like chaat.

I was blog hopping in search of a dish for this month's MBP, in the nth moment (like always!) and finally decided to look in my bookmarked recipes. And there it was….Lahori Channa Chaat or Chickpea Chaat. Just the name made me drool. We had an informal house warming party and chickpea chaat was on one of the sides on the menu.

The original recipe is from here. I made a few changes to suit our taste, the recipe is as follows.

You will need:

2 (8 oz) cans Chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1 Cup Channa, soaked overnight and boiled)
4 Green Chillies cut lengthwise at an angle
¾ cup chopped Red onion
1 tbsp Lemon juice
Chopped Cilantro
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1 Tbsp Chaat Masala powder
Salt to taste

Mix all of the above ingredients except the salt and refrigerate for a couple of hours or more. Add the salt right before serving, this ensures that the salad doesn’t become a watery mess and stays together.

This chaat was out of this world and I’m glad I got a chance to make it.

This is my entry to MBP – Street Food guest hosted by dear Sia of Monsoon Spice and originally started by Coffee of The Spice CafĂ©.

17 comments:

  1. lovely! this is by far the simplest chaat recipe i have seen in the blogosphere, i think :) will give it a shot

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  2. I make it very similarly - and toss in some chopped cucumbers in the mix as well. Makes for a refreshing picnic dish. Looks yummy Namratha.

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  3. Looks like a summer salad... Very fresh and cooling

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  4. healthy and delicious nammu..looks great!

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  5. this looks yummy,,,chickpeA SALAD IS ALWAYS,..YU`MMY`..`.`

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  6. I am absolutely thrilled that you made this recipe and that it turned out so well. Thank you very much. I appreciate that you liked through to the recipe on A Life (Time) of Cooking. It really is one amazing dish, isn't it.

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  7. perfect street food..am reminded of the sundals we have in the beach

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  8. Hi, First time at ur blog .U have nice and lovely blog..Salad looks delicious and yummy....

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  9. YUMMY! Like Kosumbari/Sundal, but with chickpeas. Looks great!:)
    I always change or adjust any recipe I try from others or from a book too! It's like a disease but a good one!:D
    Going to Gatlinburg in about 20 days, can't wait!

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  10. very nice...simple combinations make the best dishes :)..loved this one..good entry.

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  11. Absolutely beautiful chaat, Namratha! :)

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  12. How's the new place and new kitchen?

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  13. delicious chaat ... thts a simple and nutritious one :)

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  14. Lovely chaat, looks great!!!

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  15. Looks yummy!!!
    We make it often with some shredded carrots and chopped cucumbers..we love the taste and its good for health as well

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  16. Looks yummy!!!
    We make it often with some shredded carrots and chopped cucumbers..we love the taste and its good for health as well

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