Savoury Chickpea Salad (Chaat)

Chaat is a savoury snack that is widely enjoyed in Southern Asia and features chickpeas as the main ingredient. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are legumes that are a great fit with a plant-based diet as they are a good source of protein, folate and fibre. Chickpeas contain carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (GI), meaning they are slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized. This leads to slower and smaller fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels than foods with a high GI, providing you with a steadier stream of energy. Research shows that low glycemic foods may also decrease inflammation in your body.

Nutritional information (per serving*):

Calories: 160; Protein (7g) Total Fat (1g); Saturated Fat (0g); Monounsaturated Fat (0g); Carbohydrates (35g); Fibre (7g); Sodium (137mg).

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

*Servings: 4 (1 cup)


  • 1 – 19 fl oz can chickpeas, low sodium, washed and rinsed

  • 1 medium potato, peeled, cooked, diced

  • 1 large tomato, diced

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • ½ cup cilantro, fresh, chopped

  • 1/3 cup mint, fresh, chopped

  • 1/3 cup tamarind or plum sauce

  • ½ tab