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Chana Chaat (Tossed Chickpea Salad)

BY IMAN KASHIF



Chana Chaat is a staple chickpea-based salad filled with a variety of flavourful ingredients and spices. It can be eaten with yogurt or tamarind chutney for an extra kick, and can be eaten at any time. It is a side, however, so it is always served as an addition to main dishes or eaten as a snack. It is a popular street food in Pakistan, and is enjoyed by many across the nation, making it culturally important as a staple food. It is also fairly simple to make; it requires little to no cooking, just tossing all the ingredients in a bowl together and mixing. Chana Chaat is quite filling, and serves as an excellent quick filler, especially during days spent studying for exams or while traveling abroad, since the ingredients are readily available. The spices present in the chaat (Urdu for savoury finger-licking good delicacy) really represent the stock of flavours present in Pakistan, and eating Chana Chaat is an awesome way to taste the variety of the country's top tier piquancy all at once.


Yields approximately 3-4 servings


INGREDIENTS:

1 can of chickpeas

2 potatoes (medium sized)

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1 tsp turmeric (haldi)

1 tbsp cajun spice mix

2 tsp chilli powder

2 chopped green chilis

1 small minced red onion

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

salt as needed

2 tsp black pepper

1 chopped small tomato

tamarind chutney

2 tsp coriander powder

2 tbsp chaat masala

1/2 cup orange/mango juice

1 tsp fresh/dry mint


RECIPE:

1) Fry/boil potatoes after chopping into small chunks

2) Combine all ingredients in a large boil

3) Add in cooked potatoes and mix until combined

4) Serve with extra tamarind chutney and yogurt

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