Chole Chaat is a zesty snack for people who enjoy spicy food. This is a very easy recipe to prepare and quite an aromatic dish.
- 1 cup chickpeas uncooked (Garbanzo beans, Kabuli chana)
- 1 medium potato, boiled
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ¼ cup besan (gram flour) (available in Indian grocery stores)
- 1 tablespoon ginger, finely grated
- 1 seeded minced green chili (adjust to taste)
- 1½ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon black salt (kala namak)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder*
- 1 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons ginger relish
- A few slices of lemon
- 8 Romaine lettuce leaves
- Peel and cut the boiled potato into ¼-inch cubes. Set aside.
- Wash the chickpeas and soak in four cups water for at least eight hours. Chickpeas will increase to two and a half times their original volume while soaking.
- Drain the water and wash the chickpeas.
- Place the chickpeas in a pressure cooker with four cups of water. Cook on medium-high heat. when it starts to steam, turn down the heat to medium, and cook for another eight minutes.
- Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. Chickpeas should be soft and tender.
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add the gram flour (besan) and stir fry one to two minutes until the color changes to a golden brown.
- Add the grated ginger and minced green chili, stir for a few seconds. Add the chickpeas to the gram flour.
- Add salt, black salt, black pepper, roasted cumin seed powder, and mango powder. Lightly mash chickpeas while mixing in the spices. Cook on low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Add the potatoes, garam masala, and lemon juice. Mix gently.
- Before serving, let the chickpeas sit at least half an hour to absorb all the flavors. The gravy will thicken as it cools.
- Chole chaat tastes best when served warm.
- Garnish the chole chaat with ginger relish and/or a slice of lemon.
- Serve chole chaat as a lettuce wrap using Romaine lettuce
- leaves. It provides a nice crunch to the chaat and makes for a beautiful presentation.
- For an easier and quicker recipe, substitute canned chickpeas.
- The roasted cumin seed powder is prepared by dry roasting whole cumin seeds and then grinding them to a powder.