Weekend Chaating-From Chaat Street

April 8, 2007 at 4:12 pm 10 comments


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Chaat- just the mere mention of the word makes my mouth water. You can’t walk past a ‘Chaatwala’ without sensitizing your taste buds. The last thing on your mind when you enjoy Chaat on the roadside is Hygiene or Health food-That you remember the next day! I have been a ‘Chaat’ person as long as I can remember. When I was small I would argue with my Mom as to why we can’t offer ‘Prasad’(offering to God) of Pani Puri/Bhel Puri to God? Didn’t Gods love it too? J

As I said in my last posts it getting hotter day by day here..temperature soaring to 40-41oC (not usual for us here ,that too in April) People are enjoying Chaat’s and Icecreams on the road side to beat the heat!

We had some guests yesterday; one of our family friend’s daughter is getting married. So I made some Chaat to celebrate her engagement.Once in a while you can indulge (I do this often!) in these spicy, mouthwatering chaats and since they are made at home…you need not count the plates!

Basic ingredients for chaat: 

Chaats will not be chaats without these chutneys:

1. Green Chutney : Mint-Coriander-green chilly chutney

2. Sweet sour Chutney : Dates –Tamarind chutney 

Other optional chutney

3. Red Chutney: Red chilly-Garlic chutney

These Chutneys can be stocked up in the fridge and will stay good almost for a week.This chutney is required for Sev Puri,Ragda pattice etc..

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Other ingredients common to most of the Chaats are:

Onions –finely chopped

Tomatoes- finely chopped

Fresh coriander leaves – finely chopped

Raw green Mango –peeled and finely chopped

Potatoes boiled peeles and chopped

Lemon Juice

Sev

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Once you have these basic ingredients you can make your own permutation-combination and make chaats of your choice.

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Green chutney:

1 bunch Pudina (Mint ) leaves washed and roughly chopped

1 small bunch fresh Green coriander leaves washed and roughly chopped

5-7 Green chillies roughly chopped – you can change the proportion as per your taste

¼ tsp salt or salt as required

½ tsp lemon juice 

Grind Pudina leaves, Coriander leaves and Green chillies adding the some salt and lime juice to a smooth fine paste. Don’t add too much water. Add water as and when required. 

Dates -Tamarind (DT) Chutney:

½ cup Dates deseeded and chopped

¼ cup tamarind pieces water 

Boil Dates and tamarind in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes.Cool and blend to a smooth paste in the mixer. Some people add cumene powder,jaggery,red chilli powder etc. to this basic chutney. 

Red Chutney:

5-6 Dry Red Chillies

3-4 garlic podsPinch of salt 

Soak the red chillies in warm water for 15 minutes. Blend together the soaked red chillies and Garlic with salt to a fine paste. You have everthing ready now..what are you waiting for start ‘assemling’ the Chaats!

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Bhel Puri:

2 cups Churmura/Murmura/Puffed Rice

1 Cup Farsam mixture (Assorted savory mixture)

½ cup onion chopped

½ cup tomatoes chopped

½ cup boiled potatoes chopped

¼ cup raw green mango peeled and finely chopped

½ tsp Red chilli powder (optional)

5-6 flat Puris (The ones you use for Sev Puri)

½ tsp turmeric powder

¼ cup green chutney (Add a little water to the above chutney and make it to a watery consistency)

½ cup DT Chutney (Add a little water to the above chutney and make it to a watery consistency)

2 tsp Red Chutney

Pinch of salt 

For garnishing:

Chopped fresh Coriander leaves

Thin yellow Nylon Sev

1 flat Puri

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For the Churmura:

Take a wok or a deep pan. Heat a tsp of oil. Add the turmeric and then the Churmura. Mix properly so that the turmeric coats the Churmura nicely. Cool and store in an airtight container. This is my son’s favourite munching snack! This can be made in bulk and stored so that you can use it whenever you want. 

Mix the Churmura along with the Onions,tomatoes,potatoes,mango pieces, in a big vessel. Add the Red chilly powder if you want your Bhel to be really spicy. Crush the puris with your hand and add to the mixture. Add the green chutney , DT Chutney, Red Chutney(optional) and mix nicely. Adjust the salt if required. Once you mix all the ingredients immediately add to the serving plate. Garnish with Chopped coriander leaves and Sev. Serve immediately. Use the Flat Puri as a spoon! It tastes much better! Bhel actually means ‘a mixture’ so you can use your imagination and mix any other ingredient you want. I sometimes also add boiled sprouted green moong beans and Cucumber to the Bhel.

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Sev Puri: 

This needs some patience since you need to assemble all the ingredients on each Puri.

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For 6 puris (that is one plate)

1small Onion chopped

1small Tomatoe chopped

1Potatoes boiled and chopped

Green chutney (use a thick paste of the chutney’s so that they don’t run out of the puri)

DT Chutney

Chaat Masala or Pani Puri masala

Red Chutney

Pinch of salt  So keep as many Flat Puris as you want in a plate (preferably the serving plate0 . Now on each puri place few pieces boiled mashed potato. Top it with chopped onion pieces , chopped tomatoes. Add a spoonful of Green Chutney, then a spoonful of DT chutney and ½ a spoon of Red Chutney. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and a pinch of Chaat Masala or Pani puri masala (optional)Generously add the chopped coriander leaves and Sev. Serve these crisp, mouthwatering puris immediately.You will be surprised how fast the Sev Puris perish considering the amount of time you have taken to assemble them!

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Pani Puri:  

As the name suggests these are Puris filled with ‘Pani’ (water). These are also called as ‘Gol Gappas’ in
North India.This beats all the Chaats when it comes to my favourite Chaat! And it does not need many ingredients.You get special round hollow puffed puris specially to make Pani Puri.
 

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1 cup Green chutney (The consistency should be watery for both the chutneys since the Puris are to be dipped in it)

1 cup DT Chutney

¼ cup boiled sprouted green moong beans

¼ cup potato boiled mashed

1 tsp chaat masala 3-4 tsp Panu Puri masala  Add the Pani Puri masala to the watery Green ChutneyKeep the Puris in a Plate. Serve the chutneys, moong sprouts in wide mouthed bowls. Add the chaat masala to the potato and keep it in another bowl alongside the chutneys. 

To eat: Make a small hole in the centre of each puri with the nail of your thumb. These puris are  quite delicate so be careful while breaking them-you want the whole puri intact except a small hole. Add the ¼  spoon moong beans , ¼  spoon mashed potato to all the Puris. Now you get rewarded for your patience. Without thinking twice dip the first puri in the Green chutney(remember it is spicy) fill the puri as much as you want, then proceed to the DT chutney fill the puri and put it straight in your mouth-full puri. Repeat for other puris.

Enjoy the spicy mouthwatering Pani Puris!Bliss personified!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sakshi  |  April 8, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Jeez.Every other person I know is making Chaat.
    Moi JEALOUS!!

    Btw- it looks yummy. Who is getting engaged? Drop me a line.

    Reply
  • 2. inder  |  April 9, 2007 at 9:11 am

    All the dishes are looking so delicious and made my mouth water.I feel like just grabbing them and having them.Nice
    @Thanks Inder..You are welcome!

    Reply
  • 3. viji  |  April 15, 2007 at 10:29 am

    It looks so professional. Just feel like grabing. Very nice presentation and clear recipe. Will try sometime. Tks for sharing this. Have a good day. Viji

    @Thanks Viji and I am glad you liked the recipes.Let me know when you try out any of them.

    Reply
  • 4. shilpa  |  April 16, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Ohh god…I miss them so much. Prasad of chaats?? I would love that too :)). I wish I could grab some from your pictures :). I used to eat a lot of chaat in Bangalore every week. Now I miss them. These days we have an Indian store around 3-4miles from home which serves chaats. The problem is, though they are very good, they are slightly different. They are not even consistent with the taste :(.
    @ Thanks Shilpa.Your encouragement means a lot to me.I know consistency is very important especially in chaats!

    Reply
  • 5. Roopa  |  April 17, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Hi maduli

    yumm!…. its mouth watering. i miss these chats so……much

    you have a lovely blog here!

    loved the presentation
    @Thanks Roopa

    Reply
  • 6. padmaja  |  April 17, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    hey this is not fair, all together !! i guess u must have had a delicious time!!

    @ I did Padmaja :)

    Reply
  • 7. Swapna  |  April 21, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Oh my God..this is so troublesome..Not fair on ur part to just post pictures without feeding us any of these..I have had these moments where I simply crave to eat chat..We get all types of chat in boxes here..but it’s not the same as the raste wala chat:). These home-made recipes look mouth watering..Thanks for making me feel J:)

    @ :) Thanks Swapna..I wish I could send you some..I know what you mean about the craving.

    Reply
  • 8. Reena  |  April 27, 2007 at 1:33 am

    This is so tempting. I support you on making this prasad:). I am sure then I would be shuttling from one temple to another. Love you little slideshow.
    @Thanks Reena. :)

    Reply
  • 9. shaikhmohammed  |  September 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    superb1 whatever information and knowledge u have given given us about chaat is great. but i wish u have should have given me some new inovative chaat recipe. thanks

    Reply
  • 10. Gauree  |  September 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Hey chaat corner is always been my fanvorites…You have a new customer for chaat yummy ……haha

    Reply

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