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Black Chana Chaat is a delicious Indian snack made with black chana & Pace® Salsa Verde. A mouth-watering snack that’s packed with delicious flavors.
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With Fall being just around the corner, get-togethers for the Big Game Day, Tailgating parties and/or simple family brunches will begin in full swing! The one thing that I know I cannot do without is the versatile Pace® at such parties. That’s because it helps me ‘Ban the Bland’ and it notches up the spice quotient of any dish. I also like the fact that it is not just limited to dipping. I add Pace® to my chutneys, raitas, chaat, curries and pancakes as well. It gives the dish an extra punch which I absolutely love. Seriously, Pace® is good on anything but ice cream!
Pace® Salsa Verde Medium 24 oz and Pace® Picante Sauce Medium 24 oz are easily available in Walmart in the Hispanic Foods aisle. Today I will be sharing a fun and popular Indian street food called Black Chana Chaat using these 2 products. First a little bit of history about this chaat in my life. Back home in India, chaat formed the focal point at any get together in our house. It’s a very tasty, spicy and tangy snack, and it’s also one of the easiest dishes to make. Most chaats are no-cook recipes and come together by mixing different ingredients. There is always fun and laughter associated with chaat as normally people tend to be very happy eating it.
The Indian food scene is incomplete without the mention of street food found in nearly every street of this country. Black Chana Chaat is one such delicacy that is famous across India. There was a vendor outside my college who would make and sell this chaat in his cart which we would gorge upon nearly every other day. His chaat was tangy and lip smacking. He prepared it with great speed and precision. The chutneys and sauces he would add to it were all prepared from scratch by his wife. Even though his charges were minimal, I am positive that he would have become a rich man today considering the hoards of students that gathered around his cart everyday.
My recipe is an adaptation of his and also a tribute to him. Adding Pace® Salsa Verde Medium and Pace® Picante Sauce Medium is my version of making it more tastier giving it a different texture and keeping the spice levels high. First we need to soak black chana ( a variant of chickpeas) overnight. Drain the water in the morning and cook it in a pressure cooker with fresh water, salt and turmeric powder. The chana should not become too mushy but just be soft enough to chew. Drain the water. You can use this water as stock for another recipe.
In a mixing bowl, add this cooked black chana, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, jalapeno, Pace® Salsa Verde Medium, Pace® Picante Sauce Medium, coriander-cumin powder, rock salt, fresh lime juice, chaat masala and amchur powder. I have used Pace® Salsa Verde in place of spicy green chutney as I wanted to give it a new flavor. Mix it all together.
Transfer it to serving bowls. Garnish with chopped cilantro and whisked yogurt. Serve immediately. This is a hot, sweet and tangy chaat which is rich in protein. It’s a vegan, no-cook, no-oil snack that can be made in large quantities to feed a large crowd. Tip – Boil sufficient quantity of chana because this is an addictive snack and people will keep coming back for seconds.
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- 2 cups of black chana
- 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 tbsp Pace® Salsa Verde Medium
- 2 tbsp Pace® Picante Sauce Medium
- 1 tbsp coriander cumin powder
- Rock Salt as needed
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbsp chaat masala
- 2 tsp amchur powder
- Cilantro for garnish
- 1/2 cup whisked yogurt
- In a mixing bowl, add this cooked black chana, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, jalapeno, chopped bell peppers, Pace® Salsa Verde Medium, Pace® Picante Sauce Medium, coriander-cumin powder, rock salt, fresh lime juice, roasted peanuts, sweet chutney, chaat masala and amchur powder. I have used Pace® Salsa Verde in place of spicy green chutney as I wanted to give it a new flavor. Mix it all together.
- Transfer it to serving bowls. Garnish with chopped cilantro, sev and whisked yogurt. Serve immediately.
- Add roasted peanuts for extra crunch if you want.
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Bookmark this recipe for future and enjoy this snack with Pace® which provides a genuine southwest flavor, with your family and friends. I would love to hear your plans for the big game. Some other recipes that are great for entertaining are Thattai – Fried Indian Savory Snack, Pathrode | Patra | Colcassia Rolls, Spicy Sweet Potato Tikki With Chole Chaat, Edamame Hara Bhara Kebab, Paneer Chilly Cigars and Puff Pastry Samosa.
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