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Chana Chaat Salad in a white bowl.

Chana Chaat Recipe | Chickpea & Cucumber Salad


  • Author: Tina
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 6 bowls 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description

Chana Chaat, a Chickpea & Cucumber Salad where contrast is key.  This Chana Chaat inspired recipe is turned into a robust and fresh salad with English cucumbers, chickpeas and fresh herbs kissed with a curry, brown sugar and lime juice vinaigrette.  Make this for dinner tonight!


Ingredients

  • 15 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup of red onion, diced finely
  • 1 English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cup fresh herbs, I used cilantro and watercress
  • 1/2 cup chives, sliced small (may use more red onion instead)
  • 34 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbs light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbs cooking oil
  • 2 tsp curry powder

Optional Garnish – any of the 3 below or skip all together

  • Raw ramen noodles, crushed
  • Fried wonton strips
  • Fried noodles

Instructions

  1. Mix first five ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, add the next four ingredients.
  3. In a small pan, heat oil and curry powder over low-medium heat until the spices have warmed or ‘bloomed’ but do not cook long or it will burn.
  4. Scrape curry spice into the small mixing bowl and stir until curry powder has dissolved.
  5. Pour over the salad in large mixing bowl and toss.
  6. Garnish if desired with crunchy toppings.

Notes

  • For a creamy version, add 1/2 cup of yogurt.
  • Add tuna for a tuna salad and serve over spinach or other greens.
  • Serve with chutney and Naan.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 526 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg