Black Chana Chaat / Jhal Chana Chaat / Black Chickpea Salad

Down the memory lane. I still remember back home the chana wala coming to the colony street selling the jhal chana everyday shouting ‘Jhal Chana Jhal Chana’ lol and we use to run and come out of the house and call him and devour this chatpata chaat; so spicy, mouthwatering and lip-smacking.

Chana chaat is a spicy, tangy and flavorful chana salad. This is a great dish for weight watchers. It’s an excellent way to lose a couple of pounds if you have this healthy salad for lunch or dinner; being healthy and a filling dish.

A chapata and healthy chaat recipe with step by step pictures. This recipe of Chana chaat is one of the easiest chaat recipe. It is easy and quick to prepare and utterly delicious and lip-smacking. Furthermore it is healthy too since the chana, peas and potatoes are not fried after cooking. These are just boiled and tossed up with spices, onion, chilly and tomato.

The recipe starts by soaking the black chana and dried green peas for 3-4 hours or best is overnight. Then this are pressure cooked along with potatoes for 3-4 whistles. Once the pressure is released naturally take out the chana, peas and potatoes in a bowl. Finally it is tossed with chopped onions, chillies, tomatoes, spice powders, amchur powder, coriander leaves, a dash of raw mustard oil and lemon juice. Voila your chana chaat is ready to be served. You can make this recipe oil free by omitting the raw .mustard oil. Who can resist this mouthwatering chana chaat! Thinking and looking at it my mouth starts watering 😂.

In India chaats are very popular and you will come across different varieties of chaats from different regions of India. Among the chaats Aloo chaat is one of my favourite, crispy potatoes with chutney, yogurt and miscellany of spices. Simple delicious it is. I also loved the Beach Style Peanut Sundal/Chaat, a famous sundal/chaat from the street of Chennai and regions of Tamil Nadu.

I love black chana/chickpea very much so I used to cook it regularly in my kitchen. I love to cook variety of dishes with it. I used to soak in large quantity and store in fridge. Raw chana salad / Kachi Chana Salad is one quick recipe which I like to have it anytime to kill my sudden hunger pangs. Also I like the Chana Masala / Chickpea Dry Curry and Chickpea Soya Curry when roti or chapati in the meal menu.


Easy Aloo Chaat

Sweet Potato Katori Chaat

This chana chaat can be a great snack or can be served as a perfect starter. This also serves as an amazing side dish to devoured with your favourite drinks.

Well if you make this black chana chaat, please do leave a feedback in the comments box below or tag me with a picture @ Akum Raj Jamir on Facebook and @ akumrajjamir on Instagram! I would love to see your feedback. Now let’s jump to the recipe.

Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Serves : 4


½ cup Black Chickpea
½ cup dry Green peas/matar
1 large Potato
1 Onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
2-3 Green & Red chillies chopped or as per your taste
½ inch Ginger chopped
Few coriander leaves chopped
2 tsp Red Chilly powder
½ tsp Cumin powder
½ tsp Garam Masala powder or Chaat Masala
Pepper powder to taste
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Mustard Oil
Lemon juice of half lemon

Instructions :

Soak the chana and matar for 3-4 hours atleast or overnight.

In a pressure cooker add the peeled potato, soaked channa and matar, add half cup water and pressure cook for about 3 whistles and let the pressure release by itself.

In a mixing bowl add the pressure cooked channa, matar and chopped potatoes. Add all the remaining ingredients except lemon juice and mix well.

Just before serving squeeze the lemon juice, mix well and serve the chatpata chal channa.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you liked the recipe. Your valuable feedbacks are always, I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you.

Happy cooking!

❤ Akum


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