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Simple Chickpea Chaat Recipe

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Chaat Recipe

Chickpea chaat can be eaten hot or cold. It makes a great snack.

This chickpea chaat is a nice one if you just want to make a quick, healthy meal. It’s also nice served as part of a curry feast.

The traditional way of making chickpea chaat is to soak dried chickpeas overnight and then simmer them until tender. Knowing that most people, including myself won’t usually have the time or desire to do this, I have used tinned chickpeas for this recipe. They work just fine.

Do use dried chickpeas for your chickpea chaat if you have the time though!

Chickpea chaat can be eaten hot or cold. It make an excellent low calorie snack that is both filling and delicious.

I call this my “simple chaat” as it can be made in minutes. There are a lot of chickpea chaat recipes out there that are more complicated but this one get awesome results with very little work involved.


Making chaat

Frying the onion and spices.


Making chaat

In goes the garlic.


Making chaat

Pour in the tinned chickpeas.


Making chaat

Add the lime juice and coriander and the dish is ready.

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Yield: 4

Simple Chaat

Simple Chaat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 x 400ml tins of chickpeas – drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • ½ red onion – roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic – roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • Juice of one lime
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the onions, turmeric and chilli powder and fry until the onions are soft.
  2. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute or so.
  3. Pour in the chickpeas and cook them until heated through.
  4. Add the lime juice, coriander and garam masala and stir to combine.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm or cold.

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