Dum Biryani House - Black chickpea salad (Kala channa masala)

Black chickpea salad (Kala channa masala)

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Check out this crunchy black chickpea salad, it's packed with fresh and tangy flavours. This recipe comes from DUM Biryani House in London. Vegan and gluten free, this dish takes under 30 minutes to prepare


Try this black chickpea salad, then check out our chana masala and saag chana masala.

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards



  • black chickpeas 400g tin, (see below)
  • green chillies 2, finely chopped
  • channa masala 2 tsp
  • chaat masala 1 tsp, plus extra
  • red onion 1, finely chopped
  • ginger finely chopped to make 2 tsp
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • mustard seeds 2 tsp
  • curry leaves 10
  • dried red chillies 3
  • lemon juice 1/2 tbsp
  • tomatoes 100g, chopped
  • coriander a large bunch, chopped
  • fine sev 50g, (see below)
  • peanuts a handful, skin-on, to serve
  • lime 1, wedged


  • Step 1

    Put the black chickpeas (including their liquid), green chillies, both masala powders, red onion and ginger in a bowl and mix.

  • Step 2

    Heat a frying pan with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and fry the mustard seeds, curry leaves and whole dried red chillies for 30 seconds.

  • Step 3

    Add in the chickpea mixture. Simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Season and add the lemon juice.

  • Step 4

    Divide the warm chickpeas between 4 bowls and top with the tomatoes, coriander, fine sev, peanuts and a final sprinkle of chaat masala.

  • Step 5

    Serve with the lime wedges.

Black chickpeas are available in Indian grocers and online, or substitute with regular chickpeas. Channa and chaat masala are two Indian spice mixes and can be found at Indian grocers, large supermarkets and online – look for Shan or MDH brands. Fine sev is an Indian snack made of spiced, crunchy chickpea noodles, and can be found in Indian grocers and online.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 208
  • Fat 8.5g
  • Saturates 0.6g
  • Carbs 20.8g
  • Sugars 4.5g
  • Fibre 6.8g
  • Protein 8.7g
  • Salt 0.9g