Chana Jor Garam Chat is a quick to fix snacks that never goes wrong with me. It has so many memories attached to it, as a kid, Amma would fix this for us on winter evenings, spiked with onions, tomatoes, green chillies and black salt. Or those days outside Vardhan market in Kolkatta, or on the Juhu Beach in Mumbai, guess it has been a quintessential street food in every part of India.
Char Jor Garam, if literally translates to ‘hot spiced chickpeas’ is made from chickpeas, or black grams, they are soaked overnight, and then crushed individually with a pestle, and then fried. Then they are spiced with black salt and chat masala. I cannot explain how yummy they are, and add some nostalgia to it, and you would go Chana jor garammmm!
There is one variation to each household, and ours comes from how we used to make our local gem ‘Fakira Chanachur’ from Jamshedpur, add some finely chopped onions and tomatoes, some green chillies and lemon juice and some masale, and a wonderful snack used to be ready in minutes, and we would all be jumping with joy. One of the days, for a change we would get chana jor garam, and of course we would request for it to be prepared the same way.
We get this snack in retail very easily, so i have never attempted making it from scratch, but you have to make sure you have a fresh batch, crunchy and mildly spiced, some brands make it too salty to consume. I love the one from Home Delite, a brand that boasts of roasted versions of classic snacks, and i really like them. They are available in most gourmet stores, and also online i guess. Hope you like it like i do, and let it create memories for you like it does for me.
- 2 cups chana jor garam
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 tomato finely chopped
- 2-3 tsp finely chopped coriander
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 2-3 pinches salt
- 2-3 pinches chat masala
- 2-3 pinches black salt
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, and shake well.
- Adjust salt as per taste. Don’t mix ingredients in advance, else it will get soggy.
- Some brands of chana jor will be too high on salt and chaat masala, try to get the baked ones, or don’t add the extra salt and chat masala.