Chana chaat

Aruna sent me this recipe few days back. She said, “I don’t know what the below recipe is called, but it is a snack which is liked by all at my place. I made this today after about 2 months. In Mumbai it is very famous and is always made out of green chana. It is available on all road side stalls till midnight. I haven’t seen it in any other places or restaurants. Here is the recipe of this snack either call it chaat or chana masala. I can say it is somewhat like a kind of bhel. We can make it with dry green chana or Kabuli chana or black chana. In Mumbai, on the roadside stalls I have seen it with green chana. Once upon a time there was a shortage of green chana in Mumbai, maybe at least 15 years ago. That was the time I saw them selling with black chana“.

I prepared this recipe and loved it.

1 cup boiled green chana/black chana/kabuli chana
1 boiled potato
1 tomato chopped
1 onion chopped
1 tbl spn grated raw mango(optional)
1 small green chili finely cut
1 tsp chat masala
½ tea spn amchur (optional)
½ tea spn roasted cumin powder
½ tea spn chili powder(optional)
1 tbl spn lime juice
2-3 strands coriander leaves

The onions available in US are considerably bigger than those in India. So adjust according to taste.

Cook chana in pressure cooker till soft.
Mix all the ingredients in the same pressure cooker when the chana is hot. Squeeze in lemon juice, garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 15mins

PS: Do not add any of the salad vegetables like cucumber. Above is exactly the way it is served on roadside stalls in Mumbai.

20 thoughts on “Chana chaat”

  1. Shilpa,

    One of my fav street foods and is served along the beach road vendors here in Vizag.

    May the new year usher in good cheer, happiness and blessings to you and your family. Happy New Year!!


  2. Hi Shilpa,
    The chaat looks wonderful!
    This is my first comment on your blog – I have been visiting for a few weeks though & love what you have going on here. I am from Bangalore originally, now based in Colorado. Growing up, I had a lot of konkani friends and I adore your cuisine. I looked through your archives and some of your recipes brought back those fond memories; thank you!
    I had been a blog reader for a long time but started my own very recently. I have added you on to my blogroll. Do drop by if you get a chance.

    Best wishes for the new year!
    – Roopa

  3. Shilpa ,
    I love the chaats esp sold on the roadside and beaches. The taste is unique and it completes one’s visit to the beach. Thanks for the recipe.Wish you a happy new year!

  4. That is an awesome recipe Shilpa. Nothing can beat the earthy flavors of street vendors (when cooked hygienically, of course) and now that we are in US, getting the same taste at home is just nostalgic.
    I wish you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

  5. Shilpa this is a great chaat but as you mentioned it is just called Chana in Mumbai and is made with green chana. Next time you try it out cook the chana till just soft drain the water ( you can use the water for rasam or saar). Then mix in the other stuff. It is a common site to see a hand cart nicely layered with boiled green chana decorated with friery green chilies and halved nimbu. The street version is drier as they serve in paper cones. It is made best by the Bhaiyas in Mumbai. They taste amazing but don’t ask where they cooked it.

  6. Hey…this is apna “Chana Masala” as they call on Mumbai streets. And I have seen some vendors fry the steamed green grams in butter and then add tomatoes, onions, chilly/red chilly powder, raw mango and sprinkle chaat masala..yummy.

    And their USP….”Amul butter Chana masala”…they use Amul butter and charge Rs.2 or 3 more :))

  7. iam vidya living in U.S Utah. I tried ur pav bhaji. It came really good. Iam the one interested in cooking new recipes. Thanks for ur recipies

  8. Hi Shilpa
    I’ve been visiting your blog for quite sometime and made Chana Chaat for MBP-STREET FOOD EVENT and yet to try many more recipes.Thanks.

  9. Delicious recipe…

    I love Mumbai chaat and having tried your recipe today brings back wonderful memories…Thanks

  10. Hi, 1 can try the same recipe using white chola………adding dhaniya-pudina chutney & tamarind chutney……it is a hit amongst my frnds……

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