With the heat taking over.... I am really taking a deviation from my much loved fish and meat curries and indulging more on chaats. Back from work, I love to have them chilled. It also goes so well with other non-vegetarian appetisers. Moreover, after having cashew mutton....one cannot have spicy food for quite some time...hahaha... the stomach won't permit. Hence preparing chats now n then for myself. My men are not so fond of chaats.
Chaat is a term describing savoury snacks, typically served at road side tracks. Back home we have so many types of chats in offer. Even in my last visit to Kolkata, I had them whenever I went for shopping....standing beside the road, along with like minded people watching the busy city rolling. I tell you it tastes heavenly with all the dust in it....
In Singapore, we have quite a few Indian restaurants selling Chaats. They too taste very good. But to have chaat sitting in an AC restaurant has no charm...its as boring as sitting amidst a formal dinner. At least preparing it at home and enjoying a TV show is a better arrangement. I prepared DAHI CHAANA CHAAT[YOGURT CHICKPEA CHAAT] and a SWEET FRUIT CHAAT last week.
INGREDIENTS : [for dahi chaana chaat]
CHICKPEA : 100 gm
YOGURT : 250 gm
SEVPURI : 25 gm
PAPRI : 7-8
DATE-TAMARIND CHUTNEY : 4-5 tbsp
MINT CHUTNEY : 3-4 tbsp
ONION : 1 medium
GREEN CHILLI : 2
CHAAT MASALA : 1tsp
CORIANDER LEAVES : 1sprig
SALT : As required.
INGREDIENTS : [for the sweet fruit chaat]
ASSORTED FRESH FRUITS : 2-3 types 1 each
DRY FRUITS : few[optional]
PLAIN YOGURT : 200gm
CONDENSED MILK : 4 tbsp
CHAAT MASALA : 3 pinches
For the DAHI CHANA CHAAT, wash and soak the chick peas overnight and pressure cook using salt upto 2-3 whistles. Drain the water.
Wash and chop the onion, coriander and green chillies.
In a bowl take the yogurt and beat well.
Arrange the chickpeas in a nice glass bowl. Pour the yogurt onto it.
Add the mint chutney, date-tamarind chutney one after another.
Garnish with papri, sev puri, chopped coriander leaves, onions and green chillies.
Sprinkle chaat masala.
Refrigerate and serve chilled.
For the SWEET FRUIT CHAAT, wash n cut the fruits into small pieces. Add few dry fruits.
In another bowl, beat together yogurt and condensed milk. Pour onto the fruuits.
Sprinkle chaat masala.
Refrigerate and serve chilled!!