Monday, March 15, 2010

channa chaat(chickpea salad) with sweet date chutney

I am making sprouts these days for breakfast atleast 4 times a week. First I started out with simple mixing of sprouts, onion, tomatoes, chaat masala, salt and coriander leaves. Then the taste became a bit monotonous, so started looking for some variety. Came across this recipe for sweet chutney in Tarla Dalal's "fun food for kids" cookbook. Adding this chutney to the sprouts gave it a tangy and sweet taste which we just relished.
As we do not like to eat the sprouts uncooked, I generally pressure cook it without adding any water and switch off the stove immediately after one whistle. To make the sprouts, I soak the bean overnight. The next day, I tie them in a cloth for a day or 2. (depending upon the type of bean). Once I get the sprouts, I either use it right away or refrigerate for a later use.

Here are the recipes for channa chat and sweet chutney
Ingredients to make channa chat that servers 4 adults for breakfast 

Channa/chickpeas sprouts: 2 cups(Any other sprout can be used) Onion: 2 medium sized, chopped Tomato: 3 medium size, chopped into small pieces Sweet chutney: 1/2 cup(recipe is below) Chaat masala: 1 tsp(I did not have this, so I added black salt) Salt to taste Coriander for garnishing

1. Mix all the ingredients and serve. For this recipe, I did not add onions, even then it tasted too good. I am just loving this sweet chutney.
Ingredients to make 1/2 cup of sweet chutney

Dates: 1/2 cup(deseeded and chopped) Tamarind: 1 tbsp Cumin Powder: 1/2 tsp(Dry roast the cumin seeds and powder) Chilli powder: 1/4 tsp Water: 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup Salt to taste

1. Heat 1/4 cup water in a pan, add dates and tamarind and cook for 5 minutes.(If it becomes too thick more water can be added) 2. Allow to cool. 3. Blend in a blender and strain. 4. Add chilli powder, cumin seed powder and salt. 5. Mix well and use as required
This is my entry to Healthy Inpsirations Event-Salads event hosted by Usha.


  1. Wow Tangy and Spicy,I am sure it tastes yummy...Nice complimenting Clicks...

  2. Loved this wholesome and delicious salad ! The pictures are just lovely....Thanks for sharing this with the Healthy inspirations event.

  3. Wow!!! I loved your pics...they are beautiful... yummy chana salad.

  4. Mouthwatering, healthy dish Priya!!

  5. that looks really colourful and yummy..

  6. The sprouted channa inspires me to make some as a salad. They sell dates paste in our middle eastern store and it makes it so easy to make the sweet chutney. Will use the date paste and follow your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Tangy and Healthy !! Love the word sprout !! will try this soon Priya.

  8. First time on your space...luv the recipes and the clicks...the presentation is wowwwww...

  9. That's just wow, Priya. I am not a fan of salads, but I adore chickpeas and that is one bowl I just want to grab and start eating. You've made it look beautiful.

  10. The chaat is making me drool ..looks so good and nice clicks as well. Wish to visit you often.


  11. nice click..both salad and chutney looks fabulously yummy!!!
    First time here..cute space..

  12. You photography is very nice Priya,not as you have told,very nice,colourfully captures salad,and love th dates chutney too!

  13. Chaat looks so yumm! Its been a long time since I had this, got to make it soon :)

  14. Chaat looks inviting! Makes me crave for some.... Yummy!

  15. yummy chaat... tangy and spicy... and beautiful pic too

  16. Wow Priya, that chana chat's pic is superb, beautifully done and assembled :)

  17. This is a lovely Chickpea Salad with sweet date chutney recipe. The photo looks good and I bet it taste even better. Thanks for sharing this one. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

  18. chaat and chutney look awesome. It is breakfast time here and I am feeling like eating that. To answer your question, you can use whole wheat flour and all purpose flour in a combination or just use whole wheat flour. If you can't get vital wheat gluten, just use whole wheat flour and knead it for couple more minutes longer than what the recipe calls for. It will be fine. Kneading increases the gluten in the bread which is achieved very easily by adding vital wheat gluten. Hope this helps.

  19. Chutney looks good. I still have this in my draft and no pictures to go with it.
    I will post the coconut cake recipe soon. This one is almost a vegan cake if not for the glaze. I can think of a way to make a vanilla cake using oil which is vegan. But do you get applesauce in India or do you have to make it yourself? I know of a recipe that I can tweak to make a vegan vanilla cake but that uses applesauce.

  20. Power packed chat.. Love the chutney & ur clicks :)

  21. Both Chutney and Chaat look pretty awesome, Priya -

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