Sprouted horse gram chaat

Horsegram chaat

Check out one of the best ways to have horse gram sprouts keeping its nutrionally value and crunchy freshness intact in this salad style chaat.

The happy wave of sporting started when a friend gifted a sprout maker with a couple of packs of seeds. This gets us on an interesting journey, exploring what sprouts well, what turns slimy and what takes a long time. Among the list of sprouts we tried, I was fascinated at the pace moong and horsegram sprouted irrespective of what the weather was. So now we have a supply of sprouts per week that we don’t have to struggle about. With the sprouts, we have a healthy side of salads and stir-fries. After a point, the sprouts started becoming less exciting, so our experimentations started and chaats took over. Here is the recipe for the most loved sprouted horse gram chaat.

Why is sprouting good?

Sprouting is the first step of a seed transforming into a plant. The seed swells up absorbing water and activating the growth of the root bud. The food stored in the cotyledons is not easily assimilable to the growing part. This is sprouting or germination. Sprouts therefore are nutritionally superior than the beans themselves. The proteases that stopped the stored proteins from being available are inactivated. The fibre content is increased and vitamins like E, C, and A are easily available. The sprouts are monitored to have reduced bloating issues when compared to the beans.

Is it safe to eat sprouted horse gram?

Sprouted grams are a rich nutritional asset and absolutely safe to eat. However, it is tougher than many beans so chewing a bit longer them is important. To make this process easy, you can blanch the sprouts before making this chaat. 

Ingredients to make horse gram chaat

Horse gram sprouts: The whole chaat idea stemmed from the fact that horse gram sprouts well. Horsegram is slightly flat small seeds that vary from a terracotta red colour to a muddy brown or gray. They have a distinct aroma when cooked and are so sturdy that they don’t mash easily. Hence sprouting makes it more digestible. when starting for the sprouting ensure that there are no sticks and stones in the batch of horsegram and wash thoroughly till the water runs clear.

Salad vegetables: the basic onion and tomato combo makes the salad base here. I have used red onion and vine tomatoes to make this. Red onions are a bit sweeter with lemon juice and the vine tomatoes are juicy to add to the crunch of the sprouts. The pomegranate arils that are added make a sweet tangy combo.

Herbs: coriander or mint are typical to most chaats. It is the same used here too. chop them fine and use the leafier part, Save the stalks for a dish where you boil like kulith saaru.

Spices: chaats recipes rely on the temptation of the tongue-tickling spices. Home-made chaat masala, roasted cumin powder and roasted dry red chilli powder are a must. I prefer using black salt as this enhances the chaat flavour. 

Roasted chickpeas: These air-popped chickpeas are the crunchy addition to this chaat. You can opt for sev or papadi too. 

Let’s make sprouted horse gram chaat salad

Making the sprouts: Sprouts are the time-consuming part of this recipe. Once the beans are sorted wash and soak them overnight. This can then be added to the sprout maker as an even layer and replenished with fresh water every day to ensure efficient germination. I prefer covering the sprout maker with a tea towel to keep the dark interiors that favour sprouting. If you don’t have a sprout maker, wrap the soaked beans in the tea towel and place them in a steel or dark box. Don’t seal shut, but allow air passage and the sprout will grow in 3-4 days. Once the sprouts are ready rinse them in plenty of water and ensure there are no mouldy bits.

Putting together the salad: Wash and chop the onion into small bits followed by the tomato. Add these to the salad bowl. Add the pomegranate arils and the chopped herbs to the same. Sprinkle the spice powders of roasted cumin, red chilli powder and chaat masala. Adjust the salt with black salt and squeeze in the lemon pieces. 

Keep the chaat ready: Now add the sprouts toss well and top with the roasted chickpeas. The  chaat is ready. 

horsegram chaat salad

Sprouted horse gram chaat

Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snacks, Soups and salad
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Vegan
Servings 4 people


  • mixing bowls and spoons.


  • 1 cup sprouts horse gram.
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped small.
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped small.
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves
  • black salt as needed
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/4 cup roasted chickpea
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice


  • Wash and drain the sprouts and set them aside.
  • Chop the tomatoes and onions and add to the salad bowl.
  • Add the chopped herbs.
  • Peel and seperate teh arils and place them in the bowl with the salad.
  • Sprinkle the spice powders and lemon juice to this mix.
  • Add the sprouts and mix all the ingredients together.
  • Taste test and adjust the salt levels.
  • Add in the roasted chickpeas and the recipe is ready to be served.
Keyword bean salad, beans and legumes, horsegram recipes, recipes with sprouts
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Though a small group the Shh Cooking Secretly group has inspired many recipes that I would have otherwise stalled to place on this blog. The two ingredients that your pick of the lot allocates dictate the direction of the recipe to which you create your own. This is further to align with the main theme. For example, the theme here is sprouts selected by Jayashree.  My partner Archana, who wowed me with butter idli recipe, chose chaat masala. this instantly provided me with the direction to make this easily sprouted horse gram chaat. Both Archana and Jayashree are versatile bloggers who predominantly bring forth recipes from Indian cuisine, and do enjoy reading them too.

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4 months ago
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I had dumped my sprout maker in the store. Your horse gram chaat had me scrabbling to get it out. Just today the sprouts are ready. This chaat is something we will enjoy. Hubby has been constantly after me to serve it so no pics. Thanks.

4 months ago
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Loved this recipe Seema, I am trying to be good and coming back to my healthy habits after December 🙂 and this sprouted Horse Gram Chaat turned out super yummy and best for my office lunch.

Mayuri Patel
4 months ago
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What a beautiful picture of sprouted horse gram chaat. I am so tempted to try this recipe out but will wait till summer time. By then the warmer climate will help the beans to sprout quicker, I will get my supply of horse gram and also because summer will demand more chaat recipes.

Priya Iyer
4 months ago
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I love chaat, and convert anything and everything into chaat. 🙂 Naturally, I love this recipe! I’ve never tried sprouting horse gram – that’s interesting. I’m sure this healthy chaat must have tasted super delicious.

4 months ago
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I make different sprouts (well, without a sprout maker :p as it’s quite humid here through the year), but this horsegram chaat has me craving for that platter- lovely medley of flavours and textures, Seema

4 months ago
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Sprouted horse gram chaat looks very tasty, perfect healthy snack. My dad use to have sprouted horse gram regularly. It’s been long love to try ur chaat soon.

3 months ago
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This sprouted horse gram chaat is a flavor bomb . Best idea to serve sprouts. I can’t wait to make it as I have some sprouted Horsegram. My boys will love it for sure .

3 months ago
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What a great idea! We love chaat and using horse gram sprouts is a brilliant way to include great proteins. I am loving this recipe.

Jayashree. T.Rao
3 months ago
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The fussy eaters were happy to indulge it in chaats form. Nice recipe Seema.

3 months ago
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This sprouted Horse Gram Chaat turned out super yummy !! 
Loved this recipe Seema …..

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