Easy Mouth-Watering Samosa Chaat

Delicious Indian street style, samosa chaat made quickly at home!  This popular dish is the perfect balance of tang, spice, sweet and bursts with full of flavor.
Prepared samosa chaat in a white lace trim plate.
  • Filled with flavor – savory and sweet
  • Quick to make
  • Vegetarian, vegan option
  • Party friendly – prep can be done ahead of time

About

Samosa chaat is a popular dish across all age groups! It makes for a great Diwali party snack or appetizer or just an everyday meal.  It’s particularly delicious served with a cup of piping hot chai!

There are many types of chaat such as dahi puri, bhel puri and aloo chaat, all of which are a very popular Indian street food.  

Samosa chole chaat uses spiced chickpeas, crispy samosa along with mix-ins like tangy chutneys, thin sev, pomegranate arils, tomatoes, onions and yogurt. 

This chaat is a great way to use up leftover samosas for a savory snack. You can make it a variety of ways even using leftover chole. 

This recipe is meant to be an easy samosa chaat recipe. Instead of doing a full chole / chana masala recipe, I spice the chickpeas quickly for an easy dish. 

Samosa chana chaat.

Feel free to make chole or ragda if that is your preference.

Key Ingredients And Notes

This recipe uses Indian spices likely found in your masala dabba!

Samosa: To keep the dish easy, use ready made samosas! Vegetarian aloo samosa are most used for this dish.  You can also use homemade samosa.

If you want to avoid the deep fry calories and would like to make homemade samosas try out my baked samosa pinwheels.

Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans): Again, to keep it easy I used canned beans which I rinsed.  Feel free to pressure cook and make your own out of dried chick peas.

Spices: Cumin seeds, asafetida (hing), cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt.

Two spice mixes: Chaat masala powder and cumin coriander powder.  (Gujaratis usually use cumin coriander blend, you can substitute ratio of 1 coriander powder to ½ cumin powder)

Chaat chutney: You need a sweet chutney and a savory chutney (green).  Most commonly imli chutney (tamarind) and mint cilantro chutney are used. You can use different chutneys, here are some options:Herehndfsofsdfdfdffdfdsdsdss

Yogurt: Any plain yogurt works.  If on the thick side, add a few tablespoons of water to make it runnier/easier to pour and mix.

Fresh ingredients: Onions, tomatoes and/or pomegranate arils and cilantro (coriander leaves). Note, I used tomatoes as pomegranates were not in season at time of making to give a bit of tart taste. Also, I prefer red onions, but I used what I had on hand.

Thin sev: Also known as nylon sev, fine sev or bhel sev. This provides a crunch. Easily found at local Indian grocery store.

How to Make Samosa Chaat

There are three steps: 1) prep the ingredients 2) make the spiced chickpeas 3) assemble the chaat

Prep the mix ins for chaat

Finely chop tomatoes, onions and cilantro. If in season, keep pomegranate seeds ready.

Mix 3-4 tbsp water into the yogurt to make it a little runny/easy to pour.

Prepare one green chutney (cilantro chutney or cilantro mint chutney can work) and one sweet chutney  (tamarind chutney, date chutney, apple butter chutney or tamarind sauce can work).

Make the Chickpeas

Heat oil in pan on medium high heat.  Add in cumin seeds.  Once they begin sizzling and popping a bit add in asafetida (hing).

Add in crushed garlic and ginger.  Mix and let cook 1-2 minutes.

Add in chickpeas and remaining spices (except chaat masala). Give it a good mix, turn gas to medium.

Add in chaat masala and mix.  Turn off gas.

Set aside chickpeas for assembly of chaat.

Assemble The Chaat

Cut one samosa into several small pieces.

Note, samosa chaat can be made to tailored to each person’s taste, so you can change up the amount of each ingredient. Add in about ¼ cup chick peas, 2-3 tbsp green chutney, 2-3 tbsp sweet tamarind chutney, 2 tbsp yogurt, chopped onions, tomatoes or pomegranate and thin sev on top. Sprinkle chaat masala powder on top for finishing and optional cilantro leaves.

Repeat to make 3 other servings of samosa chaat.

Serving Suggestions

Samosa chaat board with mix ins ready.

Chaats can be made in a variety of ways and everyone has their personal preference on the amount of sweet vs spicy chutneys and mix ins. It tastes great served with masala chai. It can be served as brunch, lunch, snack or even Indian dinner.

A fun way to serve this popular street food is as a samosa chole chaat board! Just keep chutneys and mix ins in individual serving bowls and let your guests assemble to their liking.

This also prevents chaat from getting soggy.  If possible, keep the samosa and chickpeas a little warm.

 There you go, an easy way to prepare this delicious Indian street food, chana samosa chaat!

Prepared samosa chaat in a white lace trim plate.

Easy Mouth-Watering Samosa Chaat with Spiced Chana

Shilpa Joshi
Delicious Indian street style, samosa chaat made quickly at home!  This popular dish is the perfect balance of tang, spice, sweet and bursts with full of flavor.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 447 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 pan

Ingredients
  

Chickpeas

  • tbsp oil neutral oil, like canola
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp asafetida hing
  • 1 tsp garlic crushed (2 cloves)
  • 1 tsp ginger blended/finely chopped (1/2 inch ginger)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder jeera powder
  • ½ tsp cumin coriander powder dhana jeeru powder
  • 1 tsp chaat masala chaat masala
  • chickpeas I used canned, rinsed.

Toppings / Add ins to make samosa chaat

  • 4 samosas ready made
  • 1 cup plain yogurt mix with 3-4 tbsp water to make it easily pourable
  • 1 serving cilantro chutney (cilantro chutney or cilantro mint chutney can work)
  • 1 serving tamarind chutney tamarind chutney, date chutney, apple butter chutney or tamarind sauce can also work
  • ½ medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds optional, seasonal ( I used tomatoes as pomegranates were not in season at time of making)
  • 1 cup thin sev also known as bhel sev
  • cilantro chopped, optional for topping
  • chaat masala for sprinkling on top

Instructions
 

Make Chickpeas

  • Heat oil in pan on medium high heat. Add in cumin seeds. Once they begin sizzling and popping a bit add in asafetida (hing).
    Tadka of cumin seeds and hing.
  • Add in crushed garlic and ginger. Mix and let cook 1-2 minutes.
    Crushed garlic and ginger added to tadka.
  • Add in chickpeas and remaining spices (except chaat masala). Give it a good mix, turn gas to medium.
    Chickpeas and spices added to pan.
  • Add in chaat masala and mix. Turn off gas.
    Chaat masala added to chickpeas.
  • Set aside chickpeas for assembly of chaat.
    Chole in a steal bowl.

Assemble Samosa Chaat

  • Prep the mix ins for chaat: finely chop tomatoes, onions and cilantro. If in season, keep pomegranate seeds ready.
    Mix 3-4 tbsp water into the yogurt to make it a little runny/easy to pour.
    Prepare green chutney (cilantro chutney or cilantro mint chutney can work) and tamarind chutney (date chutney, apple butter chutney or tamarind sauce can also work).
    Samosa chaat board with mix ins ready.
  • Cut one samosa into several pieces.
    Samosa cut into small pieces for chaat.
  • Note, samosa chaat can be made to each person's taste. Add in about ¼ cup chick peas, 2-3 tbsp green chutney, 2-3 tbsp tamarind chutney, 2 tbsp yogurt, tomatoes or pomegranate and thin sev on top. Sprinkle a generous pinch of chaat masala on top for finishing and optional cilantro leaves.
    Repeat to make 3 other servings of samosa chaat.
    Prepared samosa chaat in a white lace trim plate.

Notes

This recipe is meant to be an easy samosa chaat recipe. Instead of doing a full chole / chana masala recipe, I spice the chickpeas quickly for an easy dish. 
Note, samosa chaat can be made to tailored to each person’s taste, so you can change up the amount of each ingredient when assembling the chaat.
Ingredient Notes:
Samosa: To keep the dish easy, use ready made samosas! Vegetarian aloo samosa are most used for this dish.  You can also use homemade samosa.
If you want to avoid the deep fry calories and would like to make homemade samosas try out my baked samosa pinwheels.
Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans): Again, to keep it easy I used canned beans which I rinsed.  Feel free to pressure cook and make your own out of dried chick peas.
Spices: Cumin seeds, asafetida (hing), cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt.
Two spice mixes: Chaat masala powder and cumin coriander powder.  (Gujaratis usually use cumin coriander blend, you can substitute ratio of 1 coriander powder to ½ cumin powder)
Chaat chutney: You need a sweet chutney and a savory chutney (green).  Most commonly imli chutney (tamarind) and mint cilantro chutney are used. You can use different chutneys, here are some options:Herehndfsofsdfdfdffdfdsdsdss
Spicy green chutney: cilantro chutney or cilantro mint chutney can work
Sweet chutney: tamarind chutney (date chutney, apple butter chutney or tamarind sauce can also work
Yogurt: Any plain yogurt works.  If on the thick side, add a few tablespoons of water to make it runnier/easier to pour and mix.
Fresh ingredients: Onions, tomatoes and/or pomegranate arils and cilantro (coriander leaves). Note, I used tomatoes as pomegranates were not in season at time of making to give a bit of tart taste. Also, I prefer red onions, but I used what I had on hand.
Thin sev: Also known as nylon sev, fine sev or bhel sev. This provides a crunch. Easily found at local Indian grocery store.

Nutrition

Calories: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 25gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 675mgPotassium: 911mgFiber: 7gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 1196IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 277mgIron: 2mg
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