The heat is on, and we are talking only about the Sun, politics and IPL and as the world battles between what is fake and real in the messages that flood our whatsapp and I fail miserably in trying to figure out what the emojis that I have just shared mean, I thought it wise to get away from all madness and venture into the favourite domain that satisfies the foodie instinct as well as can turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the mayhem around!
I get a giddy up glee like a cowboy with a hat on, as I lazzo onto a new chaat dish that has its fair share of borrowing from cousins and yet create a magic in striking a deal with someone who has his or her hunger pangs on.
Let me roll out the red carpet to the world of chatpata chickpea chaat, a tangy and sweet dish that can be a tasty filler, a healthy option and one that can be done in a jiffy. Chickpea is a rich source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibre and can offer a variety of health benefits such as improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases.
Ingredients Required – serves 4
Chickpea – 2 cups
Finely chopped vegetables: cucumber ½ cup, tomato ½ cup, onion ½ cup
Chaat masala – 2 to 3 pinches
Dry mango powder – 2 to 3 pinches
Sev puri (the Indian snack made of chickpea flour) – 2 cups
– ¼ cup
Green chutney – ¼ cup
Pani like in Pani puri – ¼ cup
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish
Cook the chickpea nicely in a cooker
Make the sweet, green chutneys and the pani
Chop finely all the vegetables
Add all the chopped vegetables, chutneys, salt to the cooked channa or chickpea
Add generously the sev puri and mix thoroughly
Sprinkle Chaat masala and dry mango powder to the mix
Garnish with finely cut coriander leaves
The chatpata chickpea chaat is ready
How to make Sweet chutney
Small lemon sized tamarind
Dates syrup – ¼ cup
Jaggery – 3 tbsp
Pepper powder – 1 pinch
Chilli powder – 1 pinch
Black salt – 1 pinch
Extract tamarind juice, add all the ingredients, cook on flame till jiggery dissolves and make a thick syrup and allow it to cool
How to make green chutney:
A bunch of coriander and mint leaves
Cumin seeds – small pinch
Dry mango powder – a pinch
Grind all together and make a semi solid paste
How to make paani:
Take some green chutney, add 2 cups of water, some tamarind juice extract, add salt to taste and bring it to boil and set aside.
For those who prefer to have the chaat dry can avoid the paani and only add the spicy green chutney and the sweet date chutney.