- Filled with flavor – savory and sweet
- Quick to make
- Vegetarian, vegan option
- Party friendly – prep can be done ahead of time
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.
Feel free to make chole or ragda if that is your preference.
Key Ingredients And 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.
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.
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.
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!
Quick Mouth-Watering Samosa Chaat with Spiced Chana
- 1 pan
- 1½ 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
- 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 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).
- Cut one samosa into several pieces.
- 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.