Instant Pot Black-Eyed Pea Chaat (Indian Bean Salad)


instant pot lobia chaat (black eyed pea potato chaat)

I have just the thing for you to take to your next potluck or bbq! Black-eyed pea chaat, also known as lobia chaat, is a tangy, sweet, and spicy bean salad.

If you’re unfamiliar with chaat, it’s an Indian snack that’s normally made with fried food (like aloo tikki or samosa). I’m sharing a healthier chaat recipe that calls for black-eyed beans, potatoes, herbs, and spices. You can top this chaat with crispy sev (thin noodles made from besan chickpea flour) and pomegranate arils (diced mango works too!).

This chaat is light and refreshing but also filling and comforting. It’s the perfect appetizer for a summertime gathering. Or serve it as a snack with chai or even as a meal.

The best part about this recipe? You can make the beans and the potatoes at the same time in the same pot. When it’s done, mix in some spices, toss it with a really flavorful dressing, and let it sit for a few minutes to absorb all of that salty, tangy, herby goodness.

instant pot lobia chaat (black eyed pea potato chaat)

Have fun with this recipe. You can add other veggies to this if you’d like (cucumber or red bell pepper would be great) but if you do, make sure to adjust spices accordingly.

I’ve added green chutney and tamarind chutney to the dressing in the recipe below, but feel free to serve this chaat with additional bowls of chutney as well as extra toppings! That way, people can add what they like to their bowls (I tend to go heavy-handed on the crispy sev, lol). Enjoy!

instant pot lobia chaat (black eyed pea potato chaat)

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Pea Chaat (Indian Bean Salad)

instant pot lobia chaat (black eyed pea potato chaat)

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Pea Chaat (Indian Bean Salad)

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  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas soaked for 3 hours
  • 1 pound gold potatoes approx 3, peeled, leave whole
  • 1 ½ cups water



  • 1-2 green chilis minced
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped red onions green onions or regular onions work too
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind chutney
  • 3 tablespoons green chutney
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves optional


  • Handful of pomegranate arils to taste (can also use diced mango!)
  • Handful of sev besan noodles, to taste
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion chopped
  • Serve with additional chutney optional


  • Soak the black-eyed peas in water for 3 hours. Drain and rinse.
  • Add the black-eyed peas, whole peeled potatoes, and water to the instant pot.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then open the valve to release remaining pressure.
  • Remove the potatoes and allow them to cool. Once cool, chop them and set aside for now.
  • Add the spices to the beans and mix well.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients together in a bowl, then stir the dressing into the beans.
  • Gently stir the chopped potatoes into the beans and allow it to all sit for 5 minutes (if there’s any water remaining in the pot, it’ll get absorbed).
  • Serve warm or at room temp and garnish with pomegranate arils, sev, red onion and cilantro just before serving.


Make sure to taste the chaat and add additional salt if needed. Different chutneys have different amounts of salt, so you may decide to add more. Chaat should be tangy and salty 🙂
Also, I’ve added green chutney and tamarind chutney to the dressing but feel free to serve this chaat with additional bowls of chutney as well as extra toppings! That way people can add what they like to their bowls (I tend to go heavy-handed on the crispy sev, lol). 
You can find sev (crispy besan noodles) at your local Indian grocery store. If you are gluten-free or have any allergies, make sure to read through the list of ingredients! Some brands now have a gluten-free symbol on their packaging.
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instant pot lobia chaat (black eyed pea potato chaat)
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  1. Debbie says

    5 stars
    My first time making Chat and it was excellent! The flavors all blend so well together. I didn’t have an instant pot, and I had to use store bought chutneys, and dried mango. Thank you for posting the recipe. I will be making this again.

  2. Dalia says

    5 stars
    Made this twice and love it sooo much! The 2nd time I didn’t have potatoes and subbed cucumber and it was still good! Thank you Ashley!

  3. LotusGal says

    5 stars
    Made this today for a Diwali get together and it was quite well received and easy to make! Thank you Ashley for creating these easy yet yummy dishes, I continue to be a fan of your site.

  4. Sharmila Gidwani says

    I am looking forward to trying this! If I halve the recipe (we are empty nesters!), would i leave the time the same? Also what quantity would you recommend for potatoes?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Sharmila, I haven’t tried halving the recipe but I’m sure it’ll be fine – I’d use half of all of the ingredients listed, but keep the cook time the same. Let me know what you think!

  5. Brandy says

    5 stars
    I’m crazy about this and I’m about to make this for the third time in nine days. For the first time in my life the pleasure of eating chaat eclipses the guilt– this is pretty healthy IMO, but the full chaat experience. Thank you so much.

  6. Maneesha says

    Wow! This looks amazing! I love chaat and can’t wait to try this! I love the pics of your sons! so cute!

    • Ruki says

      5 stars
      Hi Ashley,
      I felt the need to write and let you know that I chanced upon your site and haven’t left it yet! 😀 I started with the Chicken Biryani and then tried the second recipe. I have made a couple of dals, an achar, the Milk Burfi and today both your Amchur Chutney and this chaat. EVERYTHING has been a big success!

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and painstaking details and testing. I still have plenty to attempt but wanted to share some well-deserved praise with you. You deserve it and I am sure your mother is proud! ❤️

      • Sabrina says

        I totally agree Ruki! Found Ashley’s site years ago and have never strayed. You can always trust that it will turn out better then you ever expected!! I’ve been wanting to make Chaat Papri for many moons now after having it at my BF’s wedding and have never found a tried and true recipe to attempt it. This must be a sign. I wonder if I’d be successful if I just omitted the black eye peas and added crispy Papdi?!? Hmm….guess I’ll have to try to find out 🙂

  7. Swathi says

    This looks delicious! Would you be able to provide the nutrition info for this? I’m watching my carb and protein intake and would like to know if this could be a meal.


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