A simple chaat that bursts with flavor and colors. I have used fresh cowpeas but you can also use dry cowpeas. This is another assembly kind of recipe.
Cowpeas: If fresh, put in hot salted water and cook on medium heat till they are done. If dry, then soak overnight and pressure cook for a whistle.
Once the chickpeas are cooked, put them in a colander. Do this when they are still hot. Let the water drain away and the steam dissipate.
Mix this with chopped onion, cucumber, tomato, green chilly, coriander, mint…
Season with salt, pepper, chat masala, dry mango powder i.e. whatever you find and like.
A hit of lemon juice will brighten it a lot more.
If you are wondering why I used fresh cowpeas….I had a bunch sitting in the fridge and forgot all about them. The outer skin had gone quite stale but the beans inside were still fresh. So rather than discard, I salvaged the usable part and made this yummy salad / chaat.