Healthy Chana Chaat
Flavorful Chana Chaat
Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas
This Chana Chaat recipe is very special because it is created to be healthy. Well, who else thought it can be healthy as well? Changing some ingredients and swapping the little unhealthier things with healtier choices, makes the whole more enjoyable. The best part of all is that THIS version tastes even better.
Chana Chaat is often one item of many during the fasting month Ramadan. In the South-Asian region this dish is also to be found as a street-food. So what makes this Chaat tastier & healthier? Basically I swapped the potatoes with sweet potatoes and left out the Imli ki Chutni (=Tamarind Sauce). The chutney usually contains plenty of sugar and so is to be avoided if you are looking forward to lose some extra pounds. Coming to sweet potatoes, they contain fewer calories despite more sugar than regular potatoes, they contain lots of fiber and more Vitamin A and C.
So here is the tasty recipe:
1 serving equals approx. 280 kcals
- 1 big Sweet Potato cut in cubes
- 1 cup of boiled Chana (or canned)
- 1/2 medium Onion finally chopped
- 1 big Tomato (remove the seeds & cut in cubes)
- 1 Chili finally cut (optional)
- 1/2 Juice of Lemon
- 1 tbsp Chaat Masala
- (1/2 tsp brown Sugar optional)
- 2-3 tbsp fresh cut coriander
- Overnight soak the chickpeas and cook the next day in a pressure cooker for 5 whistles. Drain out the water and keep aside. Or just use pre-cooked canned chickpeas from the store.
- Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in cubes. Boil them in hot water or in the pressure cooker for faster cooking. Drain out the water and keep aside.
- In a serving bowl add the sweet potato cubes, chickpeas, cut tomatoes, cut onion, chili, and coriander. On top add the Chaat Masala & Sugar. Spread the lemon juice on top and give it a nice mix. Enjoy cold!
The sweet potatoes have a great sweetness and add great flavor to the chaat masala, so you might want to check the taste before adding up more sugar into the Chaat. I personally loved it without sugar.
This Chaat can be eaten as in between snack or even as a complete meal as it is very filling and healthy. Enjoy :)