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Chana Chaat is the Spiced Chickpea Salad You Need

A chana chaat chickpea salad, ready to serve
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Yields
4-6 servings

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk and, for many, chana chaat is a staple dish at the time of breaking the fast – known as Iftar. Chana chaat is a popular dish that originated in Uttar Pradesh, India, and is popular across India and Pakistan. Made with ingredients that result in spicy, sweet, tangy, creamy and crunchy flavours and textures in each bite, you’re going to fall in love with this Indian classic! For a fun twist (and my favourite way to enjoy this dish), serve the chana chaat over crunchy Indian pita chips called namak para. Yum!

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ingredients

Cilantro Mint Chutney

1
bunch cilantro
1
bunch mint
1
clove garlic
¾-inch
piece ginger
5
Tbsp lemon juice
1-2
green chilis
1-2
Tbsp water, as needed
¼
tsp salt

Yogurt Mixture

cup Balkan yogurt
1
Tbsp sugar
¼
tsp salt

Chana Chaat

1
small Yukon gold potato, peeled and diced
1
can (540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼
tsp salt
½
tsp cayenne, plus more for garnish
½
tsp ground cumin, plus more for garnish
½
tsp chaat masala, plus more for garnish
½
tsp dried mango powder (amchoor)
2
Tbsp lemon juice
cup finely chopped tomato
¼
cup finely chopped red onion
Tamarind chutney, to taste
Sev or Aloo Bujia, to taste
3
Tbsp pomegranate arils
2
Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
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directions

Ingredients for chana chaat
Step 1

Make the cilantro mint chutney by blending the cilantro, mint, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, green chili and water until smooth.

Step 2

Combine the yogurt mixture ingredients and set aside.

Step 3

Boil the peeled and diced potatoes until just fork tender. Set aside and let cool.

Step 4

In a mixing bowl, combine the chickpeas, diced potato, salt, cayenne, ground cumin, chaat masala, dried mango powder and lemon juice. Mix well.

Potatoes, chickpeas and spices in a bowl
Step 5

Spoon the chickpea mixture onto a serving dish.

Platters of ingredients for chana chaat
Step 6

Top chickpea mixture with tomatoes and onions.

Chickpeas topped with onions and tomatoes
Step 7

Drizzle with prepared yogurt, tamarind chutney, and cilantro mint chutney.

Chana chaat topped with mint chutney, tamarind sauce and yogurt
Step 8

Sprinkle generously with sev or aloo bujia, pomegranate seeds, and cilantro.

A platter of chana chaat, ready to serve
Step 9

Top with a pinch each of ground cumin, chaat masala and cayenne pepper as desired.

A platter of chana chaat, ready to serve

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