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Chana Chaat

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Chana chaat is a tangy and refreshing side usually served alongside common starters such as samosas and pakoras. Not only is it delicious, but this chana chaat recipe is also healthy, packed with protein and so filling!
Chana Chaat

Ah, the enticing world of chaat, where bold and vibrant flavours collide in a burst of culinary ecstasy! Today, we embark on a gastronomic journey into the heart of chana chaat, a mouthwatering Indian street food delight that is as intriguing as its history is colourful.

Be prepared to tantalise your taste buds as we uncover the origins, explore the ingredients, discover its health benefits, and even make this beloved dish gluten-free. So, grab your apron and prepare to be chaat-mazed!

Origin of Chana Chaat

Our culinary voyage begins with a look into the origins of this delectable dish. Chana chaat finds its roots in the vibrant streets of India, where street vendors concocted this delightful concoction to please the ever-discerning palates of passersby. Originating from the North Indian state of Punjab, it has since become a beloved snack throughout the subcontinent and beyond. Chana chaat’s popularity transcends borders, making it a global gastronomic sensation.

Chaat’s Building Blocks: Ingredients Unveiled

Before we dive into the culinary magic, let’s acquaint ourselves with the stars of the show, the ingredients that give chana chaat its distinctive character.

Chaat Mixture Ingredients:

  1. Yoghurt: The creamy base that unites the ingredients, providing a cool contrast to the spices.
  2. Water: Essential for achieving the perfect consistency of the yoghurt mixture.
  3. Chaat Masala: A fragrant blend of spices that infuses the dish with its signature tanginess and zing.
  4. Salt: Balancing the flavours and enhancing the taste of the dish.
  5. Chilli Powder: Adds a fiery kick that’s quintessential to chaat’s character.
  6. Cumin Powder: Brings an earthy warmth to the dish.
  7. Tamarind Chutney: A sweet and tangy elixir that lends a delightful depth of flavour.
  8. Chickpeas: The protein-packed core of chana chaat, offering a hearty bite.
  9. Potatoes: Soft and starchy, these chunks of potato add a comforting element to the dish.
  10. Red Onion: The sharpness of red onion complements the dish’s spiciness.
  11. Tomatoes: Fresh, juicy, and vibrant, they add a burst of colour and freshness.
  12. Cucumber: A crisp, cooling component that provides a refreshing contrast.
  13. Green Chilli: Adding a fiery note to the dish, they’re perfect for those who crave extra heat.
  14. Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped, bestow a herbaceous aroma and a touch of greenery.

Garnish Ingredients:

  • Yoghurt: A dollop of creamy yoghurt on top adds extra richness and coolness.
  • Tamarind Chutney: A drizzle of this delightful condiment enhances the sweet and tangy notes.
  • Red Onions: Thinly sliced, these red onions are not only a garnish but also add a delightful crunch.
  • Tomatoes: More fresh tomato slices to intensify the refreshing aspect of the dish.
  • Chaat Masala: A sprinkling of this spice blend elevates the chaat’s flavor profile.
  • Coriander: Additional coriander leaves for garnish bring a touch of elegance to your dish.

Making It Gluten-Free: A Chaat Miracle

Chaat masala, while a crucial element, can sometimes contain traces of gluten due to cross-contamination during the manufacturing process. But fret not; we have a solution! To make your chana chaat gluten-free, ensure you source a gluten-free chaat masala or create your own at home. Here’s a quick recipe:

Homemade Gluten-Free Chaat Masala:


  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp black salt (kala namak)
  • 1/2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder (adjust to taste)


  1. Dry roast the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and fennel seeds in a pan until they release their aroma. Be cautious not to burn them.
  2. Let the roasted spices cool, then grind them into a fine powder.
  3. Mix in the black salt, dried mango powder, black peppercorns, and chilli powder.
  4. Store your homemade chaat masala in an airtight container, ready to sprinkle onto your gluten-free chana chaat.

The Health Angle: A Guilt-Free Treat

Chana chaat isn’t just a feast for your taste buds; it’s also a nutritious delight. The chickpeas in the dish are packed with protein and fiber, providing a satisfying and healthy element. The yoghurt offers probiotics for gut health, while the fresh veggies like cucumber, tomatoes, and coriander contribute vitamins and antioxidants. The spices not only add zest but also come with a host of health benefits, from aiding digestion to reducing inflammation. With chana chaat, you can indulge your cravings without the guilt.

Serving Suggestions: Perfect Pairings

Chana chaat, with its medley of flavours and textures, is a versatile dish that harmonises wonderfully with a variety of accompaniments and complements. Whether you’re serving it as a standalone snack or incorporating it into a larger meal, here are some perfect pairings that will elevate your chana chaat experience:

Samosas: Picture this: crispy, golden samosas filled with a savoury mixture of potatoes, peas, and spices. Pair them with chana chaat, and you’ve got yourself a match made in snack heaven. The contrasting textures and complementary flavours will leave your taste buds in blissful harmony.

Biryani: For a heartier meal, consider serving chana chaat alongside a fragrant, aromatic biryani. The spiced rice and tender meats or vegetables of the biryani provide a satisfying contrast to the cool and tangy chana chaat, creating a feast that’s both comforting and exciting.

Pakoras: Chickpea flour battered and deep-fried to perfection, pakoras are a delightful snack on their own, but they also make an excellent partner for chana chaat. The crispy, crunchy pakoras are an ideal textural counterpoint to the creamy chaat, making each bite an adventure in contrasts.

Mango Lassi:L for a truly indulgent experience, sip on a chilled glass of mango lassi alongside your chana chaat. The sweet, creamy goodness of mango lassi acts as a soothing counterpart to the spicy chaat, creating a harmonious balance of flavours.

Incorporating these perfect pairings into your chana chaat presentation will transform your meal into a symphony of flavours and textures. The beauty of chana chaat lies in its ability to adapt and harmonise with various dishes, making it a versatile and delightful addition to any menu or gathering. So, whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or enjoying a solo snack, these pairings will take your chana chaat adventure to the next level, leaving you with a palate-pleasing experience you won’t soon forget.

Check Out My Other Recipes!

As we wrap up our gastronomic journey through the delectable world of chana xhaat, I can’t help but feel that we’ve only just scratched the surface of the incredible tapestry of flavours that Indian cuisine has to offer.

First up on our list of must-try dishes is the samosa chaat. Imagine the crispiness of a classic samosa combined with the refreshing zest of chana chaat. This fusion of flavours is a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Next in our culinary escapade are aloo pakoras. These golden, deep-fried nuggets of spiced potato goodness are a beloved Indian snack. With a crunchy exterior and a fluffy, flavourful core, aloo pakoras are a delightful accompaniment to your chana chaat adventure.

Now, let’s cool things down a bit with a refreshing raita. This yoghurt-based side dish provides a soothing balance to the vibrant flavours of chana chaat. With a touch of cucumber, mint, and a hint of cumin, raita not only complements the spiciness of our previous dishes but also acts as a palate cleanser, preparing you for the next delicious bite.

Finally, we arrive at the pièce de résistance of Indian cuisine – chicken biryani. While not directly related to chana chaat, this aromatic and richly spiced rice dish deserves a special mention. The fragrant blend of tender chicken, aromatic spices, and basmati rice cooked to perfection is a culinary masterpiece that demands your attention.

And now, dear food enthusiast, I encourage you to take your kitchen skills to the test. As you embark on these culinary adventures, remember to rate each recipe and leave a comment sharing your thoughts and any creative tweaks you’ve made. Your feedback not only helps me improve but also fosters a sense of community among food lovers, uniting us in the shared joy of exploring new tastes and textures.

So, go forth, whip up these delightful dishes, and let your taste buds revel in the rich tapestry of Indian flavours. Until our next culinary rendezvous, happy cooking and bon appétit!

Chana Chaat

Chana Chaat

Chana chaat is a tangy and refreshing side usually served alongside common starters such as samosas and pakoras. Not only is it delicious, but this chana chaat recipe is also healthy, packed with protein and so filling!
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Sadia Halimah Aziz
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 186kcal


Chaat Mixture:

  • 500 g Yoghurt
  • 50 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind Chutney Imli
  • 500 g Chickpeas Boiled
  • 500 g Potatoes Boiled
  • 2 Red Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 200 g Cucumber
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • Coriander


  • Yoghurt
  • Tamarind Chutney Imli
  • Red Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Chaat Masala
  • Coriander


  • Soak the fresh chickpeas for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight (alternatively you could use canned chickpeas)
  • Once the chickpeas have been soaked add into a pan then top off with enough water to cover all the chickpeas completely then bring the water to boil before leaving to simmer for 1 hour until cooked through
  • In the meantime, peel and chop the potatoes into small bite-sized chunks along with preparing the red onions by dicing, slicing the green chillies, and finely chopping the coriander
  • Once the chickpeas are almost done add the potato chunks into the water then simmer for another 10-12 minutes until the potatoes have softened
  • Drain the chickpeas and potatoes then set aside to allow to cool completely
  • Prepare the yoghurt mixture by adding the water into the yoghurt then whisk until well combined
  • Add the tamarind chutney, salt, chilli powder, cumin powder and chaat masala then mix until combined
  • Once the chickpeas and potatoes have cooled add all the remaining chaat mixture ingredients into the prepared yoghurt mixture
  • Transfer the chaat mix into the serving dish then top with the garnish ingredients
  • Your chana chaat is ready!



Calories: 186kcal
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