Friday, 5 March 2010

Black Chana Chaat

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Chaats are Indian appetizers and snacks, found widely all throughout India at casual restaurants, street stands, and parties. Chaat means ‘to taste’ in Hindi, and most of it are small dishes. Chaat took advantage of the variety of spices available in India ranging from spiced crisp breads called puris to a very spicy parathas or stuffed bread which may be filled with almost anything. Like most Indian cuisine, chaat is a varied dish. Most Indian regions have their own specialties of chaat. The Wiki says, that Chaat has the origins in the North West Gujarat of India but Uttar Pradesh is equally famous for it now.
Deep-fry is the most common method of preparation of most chaat dishes, such as samosas and Pakoras, and they may be savory and sweet. Designed as finger food, eating chaat can be a messy and noisy experience. Many chaats are made stuffed in bread, while others go with side bread that is used to scoop up the chaat. Wide variety of dipping sauces like spicy ground chili dips or yogurt raita are served with chaat, along with various garnishes and relishes.
Rebecca of Chow and Chatter had asked me to write a guest post on Black Chana Chaat a few months back and it completely slipped out of my mind. While going through my old emails I  was reminded about this but as I was very very late I did not have the guts to ask her again, so  thought of making this for her. I am genuinely sorry Rebecca and this post is especially for you. I hope you will enjoy reading the recipe as much as we enjoyed eating it.
Black Chana is extremely nutritious and a good source of Zinc, Folate and Protein. They are also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for people with insulin sensitivity or diabetes.
I usually make the very dry version of black chana for lunch box but this method requires the Black chana to be coated and covered with the spices with a hint of moistness. The chana should not be overly spiced but at the same it should not be bland. What needs to be ensured is that the chana is cooked properly to a very soft texture so that it imbibes all the spices. With chutneys on top and the various garnishes this dish just tastes awesome.clap
Here goes the recipe…
Ingredients For Chana
3-1/2 cups boiled Black Chana
oil for cooking
1/4 tsp baking soda
3-4 tbsp coriander pwd
3 tsp red chili pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
2 tbsp amchoor pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp jeera pwd
Ingredients for green chutney
1 cup coriander
1 cup mint
2 garlic pods
1/2 lemon’s juice
2 tbsp onions
salt to taste
Ingredients for curds
7-8 tbsp thick curds
salt to taste
black salt
water
sweet tamarind chutney
other ingredients
chaat masala
finely chopped green chilies (optional)
red chili pwd
roasted cumin pwd
chopped coriander
fine sev
chopped onions
chopped tomatoes
Method of making Black Chana Masala
Soak the chana in water for 7-8 hrs. Cook it in a pressure cooker along with some salt and baking soda till it’s very soft.
Heat oil, put turmeric pwd and then immediately put the boiled chana with some water. Add all spices mentioned under Chana, mix properly and cook covered for another 10 mins till  most of the water dries and the spices are well coated on the Chana.
Assembling the Chaat (please adjust the spices and chutneys according to your taste)
In a dish take some  Black Chana Masala. Put 3-4 tbsp curds followed by 2 tsp of sweet chutney and 4-5 tsp of green chutney.
Put chopped onions and tomatoes, some chopped green chilies.
Sprinkle some red chili pwd, chaat masala, roasted cumin pwd.
Now put enough Sev to cover the entire chaat.
Finally put some chopped coriander to garnish.
Serve it immediately.

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I had made this as an evening snack for the family and all of us enjoyed it thoroughly. Right now too looking at the pics my mouth’s watering as I am reminded of the taste. It is an extremely healthy and filling snack item for kids. Chane ki Chaat aur Swaad Laajawab!!!
Sending it off to Asankhana’s Lets Celebrate with Colours- Holi Event and MLLA-21 guest hosted by Mirch Masala and is the brainchild of Susan.
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62 comments:

Preeti Kashyap said...

Nice recipe! I love the pics!

Subhashini said...

Looks like a parcel from perfect chat shop.

Jagruti said...

Hey this is very yummy chaat! i'm drooling here...thanx for sharing..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thats a nice new version to me..check out our post on chana chaat..whenever time permits..

Latha said...

Lovely chaat...so tempting.

Deepti said...

I like this simple n healthy chana chaat very much...ur version is superb.

Latha said...

Lovely and healthy chaat.

Pari said...

Thanks Preeti.
Wow,I take this as a compliment Subhashini. It means my pics are attractive enough.
Most welcome Jagruti, I am glad u liked it.
A2Z I had read ur post of chana chaat.
Latha and Deepti thank u dearies, and I agree this is such a wholesome snack, can't resist.
Hi Latha, welcome to my blog. Keep visiting.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I love this! I enjoy this in raj kachori,mouthwatering,you are making me crave for :P

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy chaat...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Chaat looks divine! A great party food.

Khaugiri said...

Bada changa bana hain ji Chhat!!!!

Tina said...

Crunchy and delicious chana chaat.

~ Lopa said...

I love chats, i love chats, i love chats, i love chats...

Give me any variety of chat and i love it...

Okay now as i saw this chat, and chat-lover inside me is wide awake with craving for it, i gotta make it home !

Priya said...

Even i want to say like Lopa, i love chaats, truly divine and i cant take my eyes from that click...yummm!

Trendsetters said...

very nice chaat..love the chaat

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Mouth watering............

PJ said...

Pari, my mouth is watering just looking at your scrumptious picture of the black chana chaat! so delicious. Nice info about chaat too.. I never realized that the origin of word chat was from Hindi 'to taste' until you mentioned it :)

Sayantani said...

my mouth (slurp)is watering (slurp) cant say anything slurp

Chow and Chatter said...

love this no need to say sorry you can guest post anytime. I need to make black channa again love it
Much love
Rebecca

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks great!

simply.food said...

Chat looks amazingly delicious.Loved the detailed step by step photos.

Swathi said...

Pari,

Chat looks great.only problem for me with black chana if you want to make anything you have to plan ahead soaking cooking etc. i like them in my curries.

J said...

awesome chaat.. love this

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Great info and tempting chaat, love your photos too...

Anu said...

Yummy and delicious chat... can I get a parcel..

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

m totally drooling here!! any chat is my favorite..n this is so healthy too..surely try this one..

Padma said...

Love chaats and this looks very tempting... feel like having some.

Cham said...

That is my favorite chaat! Looks absolutely tasty!

Gita said...

I love this Pari...looks so tempting...wonderful clicks :)

Fathima said...

nice chat! I love all kinds of them!

Kanchan said...

One of the healthiest chaat and totally filling one too !

Pari said...

Thank u friends for all the sweet comments.
Anu, why a parcel come and have fresh. Visit me.

sowmya's creative saga said...

yummy..so healthy and delicious..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey this looks awesome!

thanks for letting me know when my blog was featured in foodbuzz.. unfortunately, I did not notice it.

ganga said...

nice chat dear...

Radhika said...

My mouth is watering dear. what a lovely looking chat. i feel quite jealous that you got to clear it up.

Reshmi said...

refreshing chaat as an evening starter...

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh a delicious tangy chaat...jus what i need right now...
cheers and a happy weekend to u....

nandini said...

Who doesnt like chat!!. When i am in a mood for a treat i hit a chat corner... Never made it at home though. The step by step clicks are very helful!.

Simply Life said...

oh yum! great recipe!

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe,looks so tempting...

Ms.Chitchat said...

Mouth watering chenna chat. Would love to try this soon. Wholesome meal by itself. Thnx for sharing.

Padhu said...

I love chats .Looks superb!

Siddhi S said...

wow soooooooo tempting chaat pari...yumm...i love all chaats

ARUNA said...

very nice, colorful n gorgeous snack!

shriya said...

Perfect with some tea. Lovely chaat. bookmarked it, definitely try urs.

Rachana Kothari said...

mouthwatering chana chaat!!!! lovely step by step clicks!

Aparna said...

never tried this chaat.luks really yummy and the way presented makes it simple

Suparna said...

I had a full meal now and checked out ur post...I am craving for some right away!!!!!! snaps compilation is appreciable dear :)
Thanks for the recipe
TC

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Chat hojaye....!! Kabhi bhi .. Kidar bhi :)

Cooking Foodie said...

Yum chaat and an interesting variation... love the colors

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, I like kala chana so much, they are much more tastier than the white...chaat sounds mouthwaterign.

Btw, I have trouble commenting at ur space, page takes lot of time to load, is it only for me?!

Shri said...

I love any type of chaat! It is very mouthwatering..Bookmarked!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Wow mouthwatering chana chat. I'm wondering how could I miss this lovely post of your's??? very nick click too.
Deepa

Parita said...

We do make this chana chaat too but adding sev is new to me and it looks fantastic!

Jeannette K said...

I spent 2 years traveling in India but never ate the street food. (Never got sick either!) But I was always curious about those foods. Thanks for providing a safe recipe for them. And I'm glad to have a simple recipe for green chutney, too.

s said...

Ive never had this before..but it looks like an absolute winner!

Gulmohar said...

that looks so tempting..sev and channa would make a terrific combo

Valarmathi said...

Looks yummy and tempting.

Afaf Kashaf said...

Iam gonna cook today :-):-):-):-):-)

Afaf Kashaf said...

I will prepare it todayy:-):-):-):-)

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