(Spicy Indian Street Food)
I’m here with a Spicy (Chatpata) Indian Street Food. It is the main food of every fair or festive gathering, in our language “Mela”.
I remember when any mela or festival came, we all brothers and sisters got very excited to see the mela and most importantly to eat CHAAT.
As soon as we got ready to go, my only maternal uncle (Mama) would follow us till gate and order us in his heavy and commanding voice-“Don’t eat chaat , I know you all are going with the intention of eating Chaat only.” And he always said, ”Only eat fresh sweets made of milk.” We all got demoralized and sad. But looking at our sad faces he would say,”Make the chaat at home in healthy and hygienic way and you can eat as much as you want.” 😀
- It has protein, carbs, fats, and vitamins.
- Because of chick peas, it has protein.
- Many types of beneficial herbs and spices.
- It has fried paapdi, so it has carbs too.
- Chick peas : 2 cups( soaked for 6-7 hours)
- Tomato : 4 (Chopped Well)
- Onions : 4 (Chopped Well)
- Ginger- garlic paste : 1 and a 1/2 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder : 1 teaspoon
- Red chili powder : ½ teaspoon
- Coriander powder : 1 teaspoon
- Garam masala : 1teaspoon
- Bay leaves : 3-4 leaves
- Ground nut : 2 tablespoon
- Cumin seeds : ½ teaspoon
- Asafetida : ¼ teaspoon
- Oil : 4 tablespoon
- Salt to taste
- Tamarind pulp : ½ cup
- Black salt : ½ teaspoon
- Dry ginger powder : ¼ teaspoon
- Jaggery : 50 gm
- Whole wheat flour : 1 cup
- Refined flour : 1 cup
- Carom (Ajwain) seed : ½ teaspoon
- Oil or ghee : 1 tablespoon
- Salt to taste
- Water for making dough
- Oil for deep frying
For making Chhola:
- In a blender jar put sliced of one separate onion, groundnut and tomatoes and make a smooth paste.
- Boil the chick peas in pressure cooker.
- Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seed, bay leaf and asafetida (hing).
- Add 3 of sliced onions and fry till golden brown.
- Add ginger- garlic paste and fry it for 2 minutes, then add paste of onion, tomatoes and groundnut paste. Stir and fry,
- Now add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt.
- Fry till oil leaves the sides of pan.
- Add boiled chick peas, 3-4 cups of water cover it and boil for 5 minutes.
- Add garam masala and chopped coriander and place side.
FOR MAKING CHUTNEY:
- In a pan add pulp, 1 cup of water, black salt, jaggery, ginger powder and roasted cumin seed powder and boil till chutney become thick, place a side.
- In a big bowl mix both flour, salt, carom (ajwain), oil and water and make soft dough
- Now make small balls with the dough and make round chapatti with the help of rolling pin
- Now make vents with the help of fork to not let the air get trapped inside and make it crispy.
Fry the paapdi in hot oil on medium flame till turn crispy.
Now, It’s time for plating. In a plate, crush the paapdi and pour the chhola on it, then pour tamarind sweet chutney, chopped tomatoes for crunchy taste.
And lo, yummy chaat is ready to be devoured!! haha
I know preparing it, is a long process but when its taste touches the taste buds, our tiredness runs away immediately.
HAPPY WORDS 🙂
“Street Food, I Believe, is The Salvation of The Human Race!”
Aha! This one is really spicy and sweet and salty age old street food of India. I say, You must try it at least once, because I’m sure you won’t be able to stop yourself from trying it again and again. I’ll be back soon with another Indian Recipe. Do let me know your views about this dish, in the comments section below. Stay Happy. Stay Well! 🙂