Ghugni Chaat is a popularly available street food from the Northern and Eastern parts of India. Made of dried peas, this is an ultimate “healthy snack idea” (if you are into the whole health eating kinda thing) as well as a perfect curry to go with most breads. Me? I just devour those mini bowls, many at a time just because they are super delicious and I just can’t seem to have enough!

Ghugni Chaat, Popular Indian street food made with dried peas

I am a planner. I have an obsessive need to know what’s next. Uncertainty is not my cup of tea. However, I take it in my stride when I come face to face with the devil faced unforeseen surprises from life. A wobbly stride which requires my super-strong-under-pressure-husband nudging me from behind, may be, but, I do stride along. And I try to remember that “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon. Ain’t that the truth?!

Ghugni Chaat, a low-carb snack made with dried peas, Finger licking good!

Fortunately for someone like me who is wound so tight, cooking comes as a relief. Cooking is just one thing that I do not obsessively plan. I go with the flow of the day. Woke up late? Never mind making the usual roti (Indian bread) and curry for lunch, I prepare a one pot rice meal in a jiffy. Super hungry at teatime; I whip up a good snack and may be skip dinner even. Yes, you guessed it right. Ghugni chaat was also something that happened with the flow of my day.

I soaked and cooked dried peas with the intention of making… errrr.. I have no idea. I just did that because I was out of fresh vegetables. In the process of reading an article about Indian street food, I was reminded of the ghugni chaat that I had tasted at friend’s place a few years ago.

How to cook super nutritious Dried peas?, look no further; Ghugni Chaat, Popular Indian street food made with dried peas

I abandoned my article, rushed into the kitchen, diced up some onions and potatoes and voila! Ghugni chaat it was! I even ended up making some pooris (deep fried Indian bread) with the ghugni chaat. Nachiket and I called it a good day with an amazingly tasty dinner that night!

How to cook super nutritious Dried peas?, look no further; Ghugni Chaat, Popular Indian street food made with dried peas

Well, hurry up and jot down this recipe for:

PS: If you are looking for more “Healthy snack Ideas” like Ghugni Chaat, try these out:

Tomato Slice Chaat

Roast Green Peas

Baked Potato Wedges

Ghugni Chaat


Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Serves: 3-4



  • 1 1/2 cup cooked Yellow dried peas
  • 3/4 cup boiled, diced Potato
  • 3/4 cup + 1/2 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 1 cup chopped Tomato
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 3-4 tbsp Mustard oil (Or vegetable oil)
  • Salt to season
  • Upto 1/2 cup of water (or the cooking liquor, the water in which peas were cooked)
  • Garam masala powder
  • Chopped green chilies
  • Cilantro
  • Lemon for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the ginger-garlic paste & the 3/4 cup of diced onions and cook till they turn translucent.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and cook till the oil separates out.
  3. Now, add the turmeric powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add the diced potatoes and the cooked peas. Mix lightly. Add about a quarter cup of water (or cooking liquor).
  5. Cook on medium high heat until the ghugni thickens. If required, add more water (or cooking liquor).
  6. The consistency of the ghugni is neither too thin nor too thick. Use the photographs for reference.
  7. Garnish with diced onions, cilantro, chopped green chilies (optional) and lemon juice (optional) just before serving..

My Take:

The dried peas have to be soaked for atleast 6 hours before cooking.

I used a pressure cooker for quick cooking of the peas and cooked my potatoes along with it.

Ghugni Chaat can be enjoyed as a snack or as a curry with Indian bread.

You can try making this with black chickpeas too.

Yummily Yours’


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  1. One of my favorite chaat items. And your photographs make it so drool worthy. Good work Prash. -Sreelatha

  2. one of the most enjoyable blogs i read

    • Tracy, I read your comment before bedtime and it was the best sleep I had knowing somebody enjoys reading what I put out there! Thanks a ton, hon! 🙂

  3. Cooking is my relaxing time also. And my favorite is when nothing is planned out. THIS looks amazing. I love the warm flavor combination!

  4. I know I will love this! Is dried green pea okay too?

  5. I love the flavor of legumes with Indian Spices. This looks great!

  6. I love all of the spices you used in this dish. Looks delicious!

  7. These little bowls of Ghugni Chaat look delicious! Just perfect….except that I might need a bigger bowl ;O)

  8. I should be seriously ashamed of saying this – but i havent heard of this before!!! Looks great though. I am sure ive eaten it but just didnt know what it was called 😛

    • Lol.. Nothing to be ashamed about Manju! India has so many cuisines and varieties, I am sure our poor brains cannot remember all of them 😀

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