Protein Packed Black-Eyed Peas Chaat

Protein Packed Chaat Made With Black-Eyed Peas, Tangy Toppings And Vegetables.

As Priya Krishna once said, chaat is not another food, it’s a “way of life”. Chaat is one of India’s more notable street foods and covers a broad range of delicious snacks. Typically, chaat combines contrasting flavors like sweet, spicy, sour, tangy, soft and crunchy elements in a harmonic way. There are tons of different types of chaat, each presented and prepared in unique ways. Because of this reason, chaat is not just a food – it’s a way of life.

Breaking Down Chaat

Over the years, chaat has taken on numerous forms with many modern twists. However, when it comes down to the foundation, chaat has five main components:

  • The “Base”: The base is often what determines the personality of the chaat. Bhel Puri uses puffed rice, while samosa chaat uses samosas. For this Black-Eyed Peas chaat, the base is the black-eyed peas which are high in protein!
  • The Masala: Chaat Masala is a very distinctive spice blend that adds a tangy, spicy zing to chaat. It is often used in combination with red chili powder and salt.
  • The Vegetables: In this recipe, we use tomatoes and onions to bulk up the chaat.
  • The Crunch Factor: Many chaats are topped off with something crunchy, like thin sev, as the finishing touch.
  • The Sauce: This “wet component” marries together all the individual components of the chaat. We use tamarind chutney and yogurt for this chaat.

Cooking The Black-Eyed Peas

The first step is to soak the peas in water the night before. 1 dried cup of black eyed peas results in 3 cups of cooked peas, so plan accordingly. If, for some reason you forget to do it the night before, you can add it to a Tupperware with really hot water + a pinch of salt and close the lid for 2-3 hours.

For actually cooking the black eyed peas, you have a few options: Pressure Cook, Instant Pot or Stovetop. I personally use the Instant Pot, but here is an article with detailed instructions on each method! Whatever method you use, add some salt to the pot before cooking.

Why We Use Black Eyed Peas

Traditionally, the base of chaat is packed with carbs and very little protein. The absence of protein is the reason many people feel hungry again soon after eating their chaat. Black-eyed peas are protein packed, full of fiber and incredibly nutrient dense. Not to mention, they are delicious in this chaat! Using these peas as the base of the chaat will leave you feeling satiated longer.

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Protein Packed Black-Eyed Peas Chaat

  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 2 bowls 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Protein packed chaat made with black-eyed peas, tangy toppings and vegetables.


  • 1 cup dry black eyes peas or cowpeas (or 3 cups cooked)
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped (reserve some for garnish)
  • 1 tomato, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • ½ tsp amchur
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp nonfat greek yogurt or vegan yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tamarind sauce or chutney
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp sev



  1. Soak the black-eyed peas overnight in 3 cups of water. In the morning, drain and pressure cook in the Instant Pot with 3 cups of water and a heavy pinch of salt. I pressure cook in the instant pot for 15-20 minutes on high. If you don’t have an instant pot, use the stovetop method from here. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the cooked peas, tomatoes, onion, green chili. Mix until combined.
  3. Sprinkle on the chaat masala, red chili powder, amchur and salt. Stir to combine. Add the yogurt and tamarind chutney. Mix one last time until everything is incorporated.
  4. Top with the extra red onions, cilantro and sev. If you’re planning to use this for meal prep or eat later, add the sev right before consuming to maintain the crunch.
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Category: Chaat
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian

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  1. Abiah George says:

    I love chaat and this one was soo tangy and spicy and was absolutely delicious. It was also easy to make 🙂

  2. This was really tasty! I added some canned tuna and substituted black eyed peas for chickpeas, this meal kept me full for hours!

    1. that’s a great high protein swap!

  3. Easy to put together for quick dinner. Always have extra boiled black eyed peas after making curry and make this for myself because I am in for chaat anytime of the day!

    1. Great way to use up leftover boiled beans!

  4. Aditi Sinha says:

    I am a amazed by how simple yet beautiful this Chaat is. It’s an explosion of flavor and texture in your mouth. And healthy too. What else could we ask for. Perfect for lunch or a quick snack.