My favourite these days.... chaats and salads. Always looking forward for some good alternatives for carbohydrates, I find such dishes best suited to my changed tastebuds. I do not follow any strict diet as such or as prescribed by the dieticians. I am just unable to have heavy breakfast, light lunch and even lighter dinner. I usually prefer soups or salads for lunches. Since I had never been a salad kind of person, I try to make them suit my taste buds, turning them to chaats. I do this so that I can have two spoonful of my most favourite rice sitting together with my men at night. We usually have our dinners late when perhaps others plan to go to bed. Well, we never claim ourselves to be healthy eaters, but then our body clock got used to it.
It is time to take a break, before that let us share this easy and yummy chaat recipe.This dish is a chaat kind of salad made with boiled and sautéed black gram. Though not so much of a Bengali preparation, my mother used to prepare black gram or kala chana this way sautéed with onion and green chillies. Actually this was sold at the road side carts at our place. How much would I slurp looking at them, my mother would not allow me to buy. Instead she would prepare for me. At times we used to have it with puffed rice. Modifying it into a chaat is my contribution to the dish and I can assure it will not dishearten you. A bowl full of health and taste. Let us prepare this Cucumber and Black Gram Chaat together.
INGREDIENTS [main] :
Black Gram : 150gm
Onion : 1big
Green Chilli : 2-3
Cumin Powder : 1/2tsp[optional]
Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp[optional]
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Salt : As Required
Cucumber : 2medium
Oil : 2-3tbsp
INGREDIENTS : [for topping]
Date Tamarind Chutney : 4tbsp
Plain Yogurt : 1/2small cup
Coriander Leaves : 1sprig
Sugar : 1/2tsp
Black Salt : 3- 4 pinches
Chaat Masala : 1tsp
Bhujiya or Chanachur [ salted snack, fried gram flour noodles??] : 2-3tbsp
Wash and soak the black gram in hot water for 3-4 hours, if in cold water then overnight. Wash again and pressure cook up to 1 whistle adding water and little salt. Let cool, drain the water and wash again.
Peel, wash and slice the onion, chop the green chillies and coriander leaves. Wash them. Slice the cucumber, wash and apply little salt, refrigerate. Blend together the yogurt, coriander leaves, sugar and black salt. If the mixture becomes too running, add little more yogurt and beat well. Refrigerate.
Heat oil in a wok. Saute the onion slices and chopped green chillies till they are soft and golden brown. Add the boiled black chana, fold in well. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and keep stirring for 3-4 minutes. Its done. Let cool a bit.
Transfer the cooked black chana to a bowl. Arrange the cucumber pieces on the sides or chop them and mix. Add chaat masala and fold in well. Top up with chanachur, tamarind date chutney and yogurt - coriander mix. Enjoy !!