Aloo Chana chaat

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Aloo chana chaat is a lip-smacking healthy snack very popular in North India as street food. Aloo is potato and chana is chickpea, so it is basically a mix of these two ingredients with added flavors.

There are a lot of recipes that you can find all over the net. But frankly speaking, you can just about add anything you want other than the basic ingredients.

I like to keep it simple with just the aloo, the chana, and some onions. A bit of finely sliced tomato can also be added, though I normally tend to avoid it as my son does not like tomatoes.

For flavoring, the chaat masala and the sweet tamarind chutney are a must. Other than that you can add green chutney that is generally made for chaats. Some recipes add curd too.

Then comes garnishing. I just add chopped coriander leaves. But there are a lot of choices here too. Sev and pomegranate seeds are generally added.

I have used the black chana in this recipe. You can also make aloo Chana chaat with the Kabuli chana or white chickpeas.

Aloo chana chaat with kabuli chana

This is the first chaat recipe that I made at home, and it was an instant hit. And if you have stock of the sweet chutney, you can make this Aloo Chana chaat and enjoy it as a snack anytime you want.

O’er to the recipe…

Aloo chana chaat
Aloo chana chaat is a very healthy chaat that can be easily made with ingredients available at home. It is a very popular street food in North India
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soaking time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 25 mins
Course: Snack, Street food
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Aloo chaat, How to make aloo chana chaat
Servings: 4 people
Author: Hema Magesh
Ingredients

For cooking chana

  • 1 cup black chana/Kabuli chana(chickpeas)
  • a pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • a few drops of oil
  • salt as needed
  • water as needed

Rest of the ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 medium-sized big onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp sweet chutney
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp amchur powder(dry mango powder)
  • a pinch of black salt
  • coriander leaves as needed
  • regular salt as needed
Instructions
  • Soak the chana overnight in water. The next day, drain the water, add the ingredients mentioned under ' for cooking chana', and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Pressure cook the potatoes also separately along with this.
    Aloo chana chaat prep step 1
  • Once done, drain the chana and peel the potatoes. Chop the onion, chillies, ginger, and coriander leaves finely.
    Aloo chana chaat prep step2
  • Take all of this with half the quantity of coriander leaves in a bigger bowl. Roughly mash or chop the potatoes before adding and give it all a mix
    Aloo chana chaat prep step3
  • Next, add the sweet chutney, and the other spice powders given in the list. Squeeze the lemon and add more salt as needed.
    Aloo chana chaat prep step 4
  • Transfer contents to individual serving cups and garnish with coriander leaves

Hema’s P.S

  • I got a little more than 2 cups of cooked chana for 1 cup of raw chana. So I have used roughly 2¼ cups of cooked chana in this recipe. If you happen to get more than this quantity of chana you may have to increase the spices a bit.
  • You can add more or less of anything you want. I prefer to add more chana than potato. You can add equal quantities of both or even more potatoes.
  • Add half the lemon juice first and add more if needed, esp if you are adding tomatoes.

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