Aloo Channa Chaat (Tangy Potato Chickpea Snack)

Total Time
15 mins
15 mins

This is a delightfully sweet and tangy snack or side dish made with chickpeas and potatoes. Tamarind paste is readily available in Indian grocery stores. Update based on a review - Shallots can be substituted with mild onions and is meant to be raw. This imparts a special crunchy flavor that is excellent in all Indian chaat and some Indian salads. Also remember that tamarind is a distinctive taste and if you're new to it, start with less and go by taste. Experiment and enjoy!

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  1. Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans; place in a bowl.
  2. Boil water in a pan, add the diced potatoes and cook until they are soft and tender.
  3. Remove potatoes, drain and set aside to cool.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, mix the tamarind paste and water.
  5. Add the chili powder, sugar and salt; mix well.
  6. Pour the tamarind mixture on the garbanzo beans and add the potatoes, chopped onions and the cilantro.
  7. Mix well and adjust salt to taste.
  8. Garnish ideas: a slit green chili or a slice a tomato or a slice of lime with a sprig of mint leaves.
Most Helpful

5 5

Thankyou for posting this delicious recipe. I sprinkled some chaat masala and roasted, ground cumin seeds on top along with some sliced jalapeno. I loved the sweet and sour and salty combination that instantly tickle the taste buds. Thanks again!

5 5

I used minced red onion as I did not have a shallot. Love the tamarind! I use the dark kind in the plastic jar.

3 5

I tried this recipe last week and was part way through before I realised that the shallots weren't supposed to be cooked. I thought that was unusual, so I sauteed them a little bit first. The tamarind paste I had was the dark variety that looks like molasses and comes in a plastic container, so the dish did not look pretty and the tamarind totally masked the delicate flavour of the shallots. I think it would be better made with the other, purple variety of tamarind that comes in a glass jar. Overall the dish was nice and tangy, and was quick to make.