I absolutely love the fresh green chana (green gram) that you get for a very short period during winters. During my childhood, I remember my mom making this simple yet delcious chaat with it regularly when it was in season. The sweet taste and crunch of chana complemented perfectly by the sharp taste of green chillies, tomatoes and onions and the piquant tanginess of chat masala. Yum! Even as I type this, I feel my mouth water.
Here is the simple recipe much like the other chaats that we make with sprouts or other fresh produce:
4 generous servings
½ Kg. green chana fresh
1 onion finely chopped
2 tomatoes finely chopped
2 spicy green chillies finely chopped (vary as per your taste)
some freshly chopped coriander for garnish
1 tbsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. black salt
1 tsp. chaat masala
salt to taste
Toss all the ingredients together with the masalas and mix well. Have it immediately and savour its delightful flavours. It is a healthy, nutritious and yummy snack for any time and occasion. Enjoy!