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Chana Chaat (Spicy Snack)


Chana Chaat

Chana Chaat is a healthy and delicious snack. I am using kala chana for this recipe. Kala chana looks like chickpeas, but brown in color. This is a delightfully sweet and tangy snack. Channa Chaat will also make a very enjoyable lunch box meal.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 cup kala chana
  • 2 Tbsp oil Canola, or vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp ginger finely shredded
  • 1 Tbsp green chili finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp coriander powder dhania
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp this is available in India grocery store or you can make it at home soaking the tamarind and squeeze the pulp. But not the concentrated tamarind
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder bhuna jeera
  • 1 cup potato boiled peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup cucumber chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped in small pieces

For garnishing

  • 1 Tbsp ginger finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp green chilies finely chopped
  • 5-6 wedges of lemon


  • Wash and soak kala chana in approx. 4 cups of water, for at least 4 hours. The kala chana will double in volume after soaking.
  • In pressure cooker cook kala chana with 2 cups of water over medium high heat. As pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to low medium and cook for about 15 minutes. Close the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. Chana should be soft and tender.
  • Drain the water and save it for later use, this water is high in protein and can be used for making the soup or dals.
  • Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the chana, stir for few seconds. Add ginger and green chili, coriander powder, sauté for about 1 minutes.
  • Add salt, black salt, red chili powder, and sugar, add tamarind pulp. Cook for 3-4 minutes over low heat. If needed use few spoons of water, Chana mix should be moist. Turn off the heat.
  • Assemble the Kala Chana Chaat, add chopped potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumber, drizzle the roasted cumin seeds powder and mix it well. If desired garnish with sliced ginger, green chilies and drizzle the lemon juice.


Prep Time of 10 minutes does not include soaking time.
You can serve chana chaat without adding the veggies, it tastes delicious. You can always adjust quantity of veggies to your choice. Also adjust the green chili and red pepper to your choice. After spicing the chana mix with cooked plain rice to make spicy delicious meal.
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11 thoughts on “Chana Chaat (Spicy Snack)

  1. 4 stars
    I want to try making this but we don’t own a pressure cooker. Is there a way to cook the chana without the pressure cooker? I love trying out your recipes! They taste amazing!

  2. Looks delicious! I think it would also make a nice Indian-style fried rice (maybe with a bit more tamarind and sugar because you have to coat the rice too). Just cook as it is and then add some leftover rice and stir-fry everything with more tamarind (at least I think…).

  3. I forgot about one of my favorite snacks. Thank you for sharing this healthy recipe! I cannot wait to make it!

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