Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chhole (Chick Peas) Chaat

What we miss most living in Germany are the Chatpata Snacks like Paani Puri, Chaat, Paav Bhaaji etc.
Chhole (Chick Peas) Chaat is a delicious recipe wherein you can have the flavor of Chaat and you can also use Chhole in the normal  curry form if you want.

Serves: 4 People
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • 300 gms Chick Peas
  • 2  diced Onions
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 100 gms of Tamrind Paste
  • 1 Pinch Cumin Powder
  • 1 Pinch Jal Jeera Powder (or Chaat Masala)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 cup Curd
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala
  • Sev ( as per taste)
  • Oil---as required
  • Salt---as required

For Chhole :
  • Soak 300 gms of Chick Peas (Chhole) overnight in salted warm water with Tea Bags (Tea Bags help in generating the dark color in the Chhole)
  • In Case the idea to cook is impromptu, you can cook the Chhole in Salt, Tea Bags and warm water in Pressure Cooker, in this case it takes about 20 whistles for Chhole to cook
  • Heat some oil in a Pan. Add 1 diced Onion and Saute till it turns brown
  • Add Coriander Powder and stir fry for some time
  • Add tomatoes and other spices and stir till the oil separates
  • Mix the Chick Peas in this and add sufficient water for consistency (Keep it thick for Chaat)
For Tamarind Chatni:
  • For Tamarind Chatni, I used the readymade Tamarind Paste. Mix the Paste in warm water.
  • Add Red Chilli Powder and Sugar
  • Stir Cook on medium flame till the Chatni thickens to desired degree
P.S  Simultaneously you can also use Coriander or Mint Chatni depending upon tastes and preferences

For Chaat:
  • Put the cooked Chhole in a Serving Dish
  • Add Diced Onions and Tomatoes on it
  • Add 1-2 spoons of Curd as per taste
  • Sprinkle a Pinch of Cumin Powder and Jal Jeera Powder (You can use Aamchhor or Chaat Masala as well)
  • Add the Tamarind Chutney
  • Sprinkle Sev
Serve Hot :)

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