January 22, 2009

Channa Chaat/ Chickpeas Chaat

The other day I was going through my Blog's Archive & I realised that I really haven't posted much of Chaat recipes. Not that I don't like chaat, But its just that I really don't make it at home that much. I always feel its more convenient to eat Chaat outside since, for some chaats, you need sooo many ingredients that too a pinch of this & a pinch of that. I don't know about the rest of you, But I think its a pain to make Chaat at home.


Anyways, in India, Chaat is easily available in every nook & corner than you can ever imagine & I bet that you somehow will never be able to replicate the taste of your favourite Chaat waala. Don't you guys agree with this?

Shankar & I are Huge fans of chaat. We love gorging on everything from Bhel puri to Sev Puri to Paapdi Chaats to Paani Puris .. Slurrp !! Shankar's favorite is Masaal Puri which is a speciality of Bangalore/Mysore. I really haven't seen this kind of Masaal Puri anywhere, not even in places like Mumbai or Delhi . .

Whenever I make chaat at home, I always venture into something that is simple & is rather healthy like the Sprouts Chaat or Corn Chaat or something similar.

This evening, I tried my hands on Channa Chaat/ chickpeas chaat. I had soaked chickpeas for making another dish, which I conveniently forgot, so these chickpeas were lying in the refrigirator for quite a while & I also had some Mamra/Puffed Rice at hand. I summoned a few other basics & Voila, this was ready in minutes.

After all the chit-chat about Chaat, will head to the recipe,

Ingredients:
  • 2 handfuls of channa/chickpeas - soaked overnight or for 5-6 hours & boiled. ( Canned chickpeas will do)
  • 1/2 red onion - finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of Mamra/Puffed Rice/Kadale Puri
  • 1 small tomato - finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp - grated carrot
  • 2 green chillies - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt (Remember Puffed Rice is alredy salty)
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
  • A few sprigs of cilantro - for garnish
  • 2 tsp Sev (optional )

Method:

  • In a large bowl, combine together chickpeas, puffed rice, onions, tomato, carrots & chillies
  • Add in lemon juice, Salt & chaat masala.
  • Mix well & garnish with finely chopped cilantro & Sev ( I didn't add Sev )

Enjoy with your evening cuppa !!!

Since I always need something light to nibble when I get back from the gym every evening, this formed a perfect snack. Very light & nutritious.

NOTE:
  • You can add sprouted chickpeas as well, It will make it even more healthy.
  • Try adding a few finely chopped raw mango for that extra tangy taste.


This goes to JFI-Chickpeas & to My Legume Love Affair, Seventh Helping, Hosted by Srivalli which is a brainchild of Susan


-- Ciao !!

66 comments:

Sathya Sankar said...

Hi deesha,

your story remembers me of standing in the street chaat shop on a cold evening and enjoying every flavours in it, dearly miss those wonderful moments after comin to US.
U have brought those back with your wonderful chaat !
picture looks Gr8 too.

Looking forward for you to blog from your HOME !

Cham said...

U know what here in California, we found lots of chaat corners... We both love maasal puri (little expensive but once in a while we feel to eat Indian food in Foreign soil) Looks absolutely colorful and delicious!

jayasree said...

The chaat bowl looks very colorful and inviting. Perfect snack for the evening.

Vidhya said...

I can have the whole bowl. There is a chaat cafe in san Jose here in Calif. They serve this chaat pori and i love. loosk colorful..

Vij said...

Can I have them? yummy . Lovely click

Sara said...

This sounds great with the puffed rice - wonder if I can find that around here.

LG said...

That bowl of chana chaat is so tempting ..adeno sari bidi masala puri namkade tinnoke chanda aadre avra paani puri atwa fuchka UP/Bihar kade tinbeku supergai iruthe! slurrrp!

A_and_N said...

Masala Puri :D Gosh, what have you done with me now!

And my parents live in Jayanagar. Yay, we may know each other :)

Madhu said...

Very filling chaat, very nice entry Deesha. There is nothing like the masalapuri we get back home in mys.

Priti said...

Looks yum...filling and healthy chat ...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

You are really good at making snacks!! Looks so good Deesha!

Indhu said...

yummy and healthy - lovely picture :)

Neha said...

The chat bowl is looking so tempting n colorful..

rekhas kitchen said...

nice and helthy recipe beautiful colors you remindes me that cmh rode chat bandar ooohho mouthwatering

sowmya said...

looks so yummy and colourful..

Preety said...

i agree you can never replicate the taste of india's street chat..but one thing is good that here in bay area(CA) we have many chat corners, so whenever we are in mood we go there to eat..but nice idea to try at home..

Dershana said...

Looks very nice. Have been seeing a lot of chickpea chaats doing the rounds these days but never one with puffed rice thrown in :-)

notyet100 said...

OMG U leaving ZURICH AM FEELin bad too,..:-(chat looks yum,..tk cre,...ceeu soon,..

Jaishree said...

The chaat bowl looks very colorful and inviting.. I can have the whole bowl. lovely picture :)Nice entry deesha

Navita said...

see u spoke abt chaat Deesha..n i came here...its that much love i have for chaats...i could live on them alone lol

lovely pic

Happy cook said...

I have never made chats at home.
This looks so ymm.
I too love the chats which is availabel in the streets in India.

aquadaze said...

Oh I could survive on chaat alone!!And you are so right, guess nothing can match the taste and the absolute pleasure of standing and eating chaat at the nukkad wala chaat stall :)

Arch said...

Healthy and yummy, doesnt get better than that...Good luck with your move...

Trupti said...

chaat looks very delicious & nice click

Asha said...

Replacing the peanuts with chana is a great idea, looks yum! :))

Pallavi said...

YUM! Chaat. It's always good, in any form. Yea, we can't get the Indian taste here, probably because we aren't at the corner of a busy road! :) It's still fun to make it at home though. This looks great!

Smitha said...

The very word 'Chaat' gives me goose pimples.. I am a huge fan of chaats, there were days when me and my sister would just go out have a plate each of masala puri and pani puri and skip dinner! I wish i could do that now. ...
Channa chaat looks so inviting, i should say i do not have the heart to eat anything else today

Suma Rajesh said...

looks colourful and delicious.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! looks very simple and healthy chat ..will try this sometime thanks for sharing ..pic looks awsome

Nithya Praveen said...

A simple and healthy one too.I miss eating chaats,havent found a single place here.I guess end of the day i make it at home to enjoy it.Looks great!

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Hi, first time here.. Love the channa chat..Using channa was a great idea..Healthy chat..

AnuSriram said...

That looks so colourful and delicious!

Laavanya said...

I'm quite the chaat fan too.. esp. dahi puris. Nice idea to incorporate puffed rice as well with channa for this...never tried it that way.

Gita's Kitchen said...

I miss the chaat I used to savour when we were in Hyderabad...love th color of chaat, looks very delicious Deesha :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely chaat...

Shama Nagarajan said...

we are in hyderabad....used to hv them in weekends.

sriharivatsan said...

Itz looking colorful..Nice click Deesha..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Spicy and deslish...

Kitchen Flavours said...

R u from Namma Bangalore?

ms said...

Hi deepthi,
what a nice and refreshing entry for JFI chickpea. Thank you very much for your entry,
best,
ms

Cynthia said...

I agree with you, when certain things are readily available outside of the home and taste great too why go to the trouble. But then again, being the foodies we are, every now and then we have to go to the trouble to make some treats ourselves :)

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Curry Leaf said...

When things are available outside,we should not make them at home.That my policy about chaat Love the chat.
Take care and waiting to hear from your new home.I can understand you feelings on leaving Zurich.I have started experiencing the same -our move is just 2 weeks away.Still
I am trying to fit in posts while packing.All the best

Yasmeen said...

Refreshing!some times we get Chaat kits here,mix and eat kind,but nothing like the tasty chaat bhandars back home.Hope to see you soon :)

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Kumudha said...

looks so tasty!

veggie belly said...

i love street food like this! your chaat looks wonderful, im craving puffed rice now ;)

Usha said...

Chaat looks delicious, great pictures as usual, looks colorful!

Uj said...

Chaat loos yummy..Agree with you dear even I love to have them from the shops than make it at home.. Love masala Puri and most f the variety of chaats..
So you must be busy packing... it feel so strange to leave a place that we have been attached to isn't it..? Good luck with your packing.. take care and hope to see you soon :)

pedatha.com said...

Hi Deesha, That was fun to read. Looks so tempting. I love chat with chickpeas - even with the black ones. Cheers!

Adlak's tiny world said...

colorful chat and looks yummy.

Maria said...

I love chickpeas! This dish is so vibrant! I love it!

Namrata Kini said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I agree with u that it is very convenient to eat chaat outside but if u r living outside India its better to make it at home. The outside ones don't taste as good. ur chaat looks very yummy.

Anonymous said...

Hey,

By "Chao" you mean goodbye? "Chao" is written as Ciao but pronounced as "Chao". I saw it at the end of many of your posts and I thought I would correct it.
Check this out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciao

Andhra Flavors said...

Chaat looks delicious.good pics too..

SriLekha said...

it looks too good!

DEESHA said...

hey Anon

Thanks so much for the info .. Noted :)

Vandana Rajesh said...

delicious chaat...miss the bbay chaat days, trying to fins a good place in vizag

Archy said...

Wow, So nice colorful chana chat, Can i have some :) !!

PG said...

come and pick up something fom my blog, please!

n33ma said...

Looks so colorful.love the simplicity of the chaat.

Ramya Bala said...

looks so yummy deepthi...:)

Sumathi said...

Deesha .. chat looks yummy.. Am a big fan of chats.. missing those wonderful day now.. I have the masala puri bangalore style on my blog.. when free do try it..

kittymatti said...

so cute :) channa chat! You seem to be a great cook, all the pics look so appetizing... I saw u using byadige molagai, do u live in the US? Where did u find byadige molaga??? I'd love to use it...

meeso said...

Finally, I found a recipe! Bookmarked :)

Anonymous said...

Hi I have had so many chats in my life. I regret eating them usually as they are filled with salty and sweet chutneys. I know they taste amazing but so unhealthy right. But yours sound so healthy. I just made it today and it taste delicious.