How to Make Chickpea Salad (Chana Chat)

Updated on June 1, 2020
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The completed chickpea salad (chana chat).
The completed chickpea salad (chana chat).

A Perfect Snack

Making chickpea salad or chana chat is simple and easy. To make it, you have to soak the chickpeas at least for 7 to 8 hours or overnight. If you look at the nutritional profile of this chat, you'll see that it's a high-fiber, high-protein, low-carbohydrate, cholesterol-free dish. Hence, it is ideal for eating in between meals as a snack. Just have 3 to 4 tablespoons of it in a bowl. This salad is yummy and refreshing, too.

Quick Recipe Overview

You will be boiling the soaked chickpeas, adding chopped raw vegetables and spices to them, and stirring the salad to mix the seasonings. That's it!

Let me share the detailed recipe below.

A big bowl of the chickpea salad.
A big bowl of the chickpea salad.
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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 1 bowl of salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups black chickpeas, soaked in water for 7 to 8 hours and boiled
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chat masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or as per taste

Instructions

  1. Soak chickpeas in water for 8 hours or overnight. Add turmeric powder and salt to the chickpeas. Boil it in a pressure cooker up to 2 whistles, and simmer for 12 minutes. Turn off the stove.
  2. Remove the cooker lid when the pressure releases naturally. Strain the mixture. Place the chickpeas in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add chopped onions, tomatoes, grated carrots, green chilies, coriander leaves, chat masala, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Black chickpea salad (kala chana chat) is ready! Serve 4 tablespoons of this salad in a bowl. Enjoy eating the delicious legume salad!

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Step one: Soak the chickpeas in water for 8 hours or overnight.Step two: Boil the chickpeas, adding a little turmeric powder and salt.Step three: Place the boiled chickpeas in a mixing bowl.Step four: Add all other ingredients as per instructionsStep five: Gently mix. The black chickpea chat or salad is ready to serve!Enjoy eating this tasty and nutritious salad.
Step one: Soak the chickpeas in water for 8 hours or overnight.
Step one: Soak the chickpeas in water for 8 hours or overnight.
Step two: Boil the chickpeas, adding a little turmeric powder and salt.
Step two: Boil the chickpeas, adding a little turmeric powder and salt.
Step three: Place the boiled chickpeas in a mixing bowl.
Step three: Place the boiled chickpeas in a mixing bowl.
Step four: Add all other ingredients as per instructions
Step four: Add all other ingredients as per instructions
Step five: Gently mix. The black chickpea chat or salad is ready to serve!
Step five: Gently mix. The black chickpea chat or salad is ready to serve!
Enjoy eating this tasty and nutritious salad.
Enjoy eating this tasty and nutritious salad.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 105
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 40 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Comments

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    2 years ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks for going through my hub. Overnight means from 10pm till morning 6 am, that is 8 hours. You will get bubbles only after 12-14 hours. Then also you can change the water and use immediately. Taste will not be different.

  • peachpurple profile image

    peachy 

    2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    Do you need to soak the chickpeas overnight? I found that bubbles would form and stale smell if soak overnight

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