Chole Chaat (Spicy Chickpeas)

March 15th, 2010 filed under Appetizers, Chaat, Gluten Free, Vegan
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Chole ChaatChole Chaat is a zesty snack for people who enjoy spicy food. This is a very easy recipe to prepare, and quite an aromatic dish.

Recipe serves 4.


  • 1 cup chickpeas (Garbanzo beans, Kabuli chana)
  • 1 medium size boiled potato
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4  cup gram flour (besan)
  • 1 tablespoon finely grater ginger
  • 1 seeded minced green chili adjust to taste
  • 1 1/2  teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black salt (kala namak)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder*
  • 1 teaspoon mango powder
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 2 tablespoon Ginger relish
  • Few slices of lemon
  • 8 Romaine lettuce leaves


  1. Peel and cut the boiled potato into ¼-inch cubes.  Set aside
  2. Wash the chickpeas and soak in four cups water for at least eight hours. Chickpeas will increase to two and a half times their original volume.
  3. Drain the water and wash the chickpeas.
  4. Place the chickpeas in a pressure cooker with four cups water. Cook on medium high heat. When it starts to steam, turn down the heat to medium, and cook for another eight minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. Chickpeas should be soft and tender.
  6. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add the gram flour (besan) and stir fry one to two minutes, until the color changes to golden brown.
  7. Add grated ginger and minced green chili, stir for a few seconds. Add the chickpeas to the gram flour.
  8. Add salt, black salt, black pepper, roasted cumin seed powder, and mango powder. Lightly mash chickpeas while mixing in the spices. Cook on low heat 10 to 15 minutes.  Turn off the heat.
  9. Cook on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.  Turn off the heat.
  10. Add the potatoes, garam masala, and lemon juice. Mix gently.
  11. Before serving, let the chickpeas sit at least half an hour to absorb all the flavors.  The gravy will
    thicken as it cools.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Chole chaat tastes best when served warm.
  2. Garnished the chole chaat with ginger relish and/or a slice of lemon.
  3. Serve chole chaat as a lettuce wrap using Romaine lettuce leaves.  It provides a nice crunch to the chaat and makes for a beautiful presentation.


  1. For an easier and quicker recipe, substitute canned chickpeas.
  2. *The roasted cumin seed powder is prepared by dry roasting whole cumin seeds and then grinding them to a powder.

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33 Responses to “Chole Chaat (Spicy Chickpeas)”

  1. […] can be served in many different ways; a quick and easy way is to make Papdi Chaat. Serve them with Chole Chaat or Matra Chaat and I am sure you can find many other ways to serve […]

  2. [...] grown ). And, if I am going for more gravy in the chickpeas, I generally go for this recipe on Manjula’s kitchen. Paired with samosas, it makes a great samosa cholla [...]

  3. Tyra Somers says:


    You are my kitchen guru.

    One question about chole chaat: if using canned chickpeas, do you drain them? Then how much water do you add?


  4. Sunita says:

    hi aunty
    I dont know that what is roma lettuce leaves?
    plz can u tell me its other name n also in hindi.

    thanking you.

  5. Nesh says:

    I have to try it I am new to this site and find it very intresing !!!

    Thanks Manjula

  6. Maria says:

    Yummy, yummy recipe. Thanks

  7. veena says:

    I love that you serve the chole in lettuce! Healthier than a crispy tortilla though I like those as well.

  8. gunjan says:

    aunty u r too good.. thanks for such simple recipes

  9. gunjan says:

    very good recipe without tomatoes also d gravy was perfect n as a chaat dish it will b scrumptious to eat..

  10. [...] I took the recipe for the chhole from Manjula’s Kitchen’s website. [...]

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