Friday 26 November 2010

Cone and Cup Chaat and the II dose of FEEL GOOD HORMONE for my 201 post


What do people do to feel happy? Smile, laugh, play, amuse themselves, get a body massage done or exercise.  Every one has their ups and downs in life and people find different means to face it. I have told you my friends, that for me cooking good food is a big stress buster and when I cook something which is challenging,  trying it for the first time and I succeed in it gives me immense happiness.

Last few days I have been feeling very low for various reasons and I was really trying hard to smile and be pleasant to everyone but internally feeling shattered. In one of those days I went back to read  this post on Serotonins where I discussed the feel good hormone and was amazed to see the response. I can say it is one of my favourite posts as I felt that this post provided a platform for people to discuss. I thought of furthering this topic and discussion, which I am doing today and discussing another important topic “ENDORPHINS”.

The word "Endorphin" comes from the two words, "endogenous + morphine." These are produced by the pituitary and the hypothalamus and act as neurotransmitters in our body. Chemically speaking, endorphins are polypeptides, which are able to bind to the neuro-receptors in the brain to give relief from pain. These are possibly the best chemicals to achieve a natural high, what we call euphoria. Although more research needs to be done, endorphins are believed to produce four key effects on the body mind: they enhance the immune system, they relieve pain, they reduce stress, and postpone the ageing process.

If the endorphins are so important how can we help our body release them? Researches have shown that there are various ways in which these can be released in our body.

1. Exercise hard. Endorphins are released when one is involved in strenuous exercise that allows him/her body to go beyond physical pain and its limitations and it may leave one with a euphoric high.

2.Listen to soothing music such as classical and instrumental selections. It has been found that thirty minutes of listening to this kind of music has released endorphins that have an effect equal to that of the muscle relaxing pill known as Valium.

3.Eat some spicy food. Spicy food can trigger the brain to release endorphins because it thinks the mouth is on fire and needs chemical relief to the brain.

4. Spend some time in the sun. Overexposure to light can also cause a release of endorphins.

5. Have a healthy sex life. Intense pleasure causes the same effect as intense pain when it comes to endorphins.

6. Laugh and cry. Some people claim that laughing hard for ten minutes can give at least two hours of pain-free sleep to those affected by painful illnesses. Some researchers claim that the body releases endorphins to release pain while experiencing the emotion that causes tears.

7. Eat something sweet or have something chocolate. These items stimulate your brain's pleasure pathways and cause the release of endorphins. Unfortunately when the short-lived sugar rush is over, so is the effect of endorphins and you will be left feeling tired and worn out.
(courtesy ehow)

Do let me know what can be your good source of endorphin? Since spicy food also helps release endorphins and it suits my palate too I decided to indulge in it and get my dose of endorphins :).

In the Master Chef cookery class they had shown the cone chaat which reminded me that I had this ages back when Mom’s friend Mrs.Agarwal had partcipated in a cookery competition hosted by ladies club and she had won the first prize. I had marvelled  the idea that time. 

After seeing the demo on TV, I was too tempted to try it and with the ongoing ‘Only’-Chaat event here I did not want to postpone it either. So during the weekend shopping I picked up cone moulds to try out this chaat.

Making the cone is an easier task than frying it. Yes, frying the cone is tricky, needs patience and skill. This Chaat is surely not for the beginners in cooking as it does need a level of expertise. The cone can break while frying if not handled properly and the real skill goes in removing the cone moulds from the oil without breaking the cone. I must admit I broke the first cone but sailed through the second and more..

It was fun eating a cone chaat like eating an ice-cream, I will surely make them  when I have loads of patience once again. With some dough remaining I made some bite size cups to make cup chaat, which I deep fried this time. For baked version of chaat cups one can check here and here.

Ingredients For Dough
2 cups APF
2 tsp carom seeds
4-5 tbsp oil for shortening
salt to taste
water for kneading.

Ingredients for Filling
a cup of frozen corn/ fresh corn
2 boiled and mashed potatoes
1 tbsp chaat masala
1 tsp red chili pwd
1-1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp rock salt
1 tsp cumin pwd
2 tsp coriander pwd
salt to taste

For green chutney
a cup of coriander
1tbsp chopped walnuts
2 garlic pods
1/2 lime’s juice
salt to taste
4-5 green chillies
water to adjust the consistency

For garnish
teekhi or spiced boondi
beaten curds
sweet tamarind chutney

also oil for deep frying



Heat oil and add corn followed by ginger-garlic paste and sauté. Add all the spices, salt and mix this with the mashed potatoes.


Mix all the ingredients and grind together to a paste.


                                                    HOW TO MAKE THE CONE?

1. Mix all ingredients under the heading dough and knead to make a soft and firm dough, cover and let the dough rest for half an hour.
2. Take a small portion of the dough to make a ball of about 5cms diameter and roll it thin. Cut the edges to get a square/ rectangular shape.
3. Cut equidistant strips.
4. Take a cone mould, starting from the base start wrapping the strips around the mould. If one strip gets over, press the second strip at the end of first strip and keep wrapping it. Press the final end on the wrapped portion and seal the ends properly.
5. Check the oil for it’s temperature. If a small piece of dough immediately rises to the surface the oil is ready for frying.
6. Insert the cones in the oil, here one must ensure that the pan is deep and broad enough to place the cone completely and oil deep enough that the cone submerges in it. Once the cone is half done, place the ladle gently on the cone and remove the mould with the help of tongs. This needs a lot of skill and patience else you will land up with a broken cone.


7. Cool the cones and then fill in the filling and pour the green chutney over it. Finally garnish with the whisked curds, tamarind chutney and teekhi boondi.


                                  A PICTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE CUP CHAAT

To understand in detail how the cups are made check here. I have used small cups here as they are easy to fry.

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chef and her kitchen said...

lol....those cones look just amazing...Feeling like grabbing them now....absolutely fantastic..

Pari Vasisht said...

Thanks Prathy for that quick comment, am so glad that u liked it.

Kurinji said...

so... inviting cones Pari...

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Hi Pari,

Those look amazing...Sorry i think i commented for Akila...plz delete that!!


Priya Sreeram said...

wonderful---saw this recipe the other day in Masterchef India, and wanted to make it, but was not quick in noting down the method---now ur recipe is bookmarked! Greato!!

Smita Srivastava said...

Such a wonderful n creative recipe .... Simply love it ... bookmarking it for future use !!

Nandita SS said...

Yummy chaat pari. Seeing this makes me feel so good. I can only imagine how it would taste :) Great post

Veggie Hut said...

Thats a very interesting idea .. Cone chat never heard of it.. I loved ur pics

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

thats a amazing recipe and kids will love this.great effort.

Nithu Bala said...

Very useful post Pari..Cone is very tempting..lovely clicks as well..

Jan said...

good recipe and nice explanation...

Rachana said...

Those cone chaat looks excellent. Reminded me of my MIL who is an expert in making these.

Santosh Bangar said...

fentastic i am speechless after saw ur chat better than Master Chief so tempting

Pavani said...

awesome to

Christmas Sweets said...

Nice recipe! Never tried it yet though. Hopefully I get to come across this food. BTW, great tips you gave to produce endorphin. :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious chaat looks yummy

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Cute cones Pari. A similar recipe for cone was featured in Master Chef India...2 weeks back:) I was loving it ..

reva said...

hey, first time on our blog, very nice and this is a nice write up. the pics fantastic..keep up the good work.
please do visit my blog when you have time.
take care.

aipi said...

That looks beyond amazing..I want a cone right now!
Happy 201st post..
US Masala

Treat and Trick said...

Cone looks so beautiful and you've done them perfectly also the cup chaat, so yum...

Rekha shoban said...

cute cup chat....surely kids will like it...nice presentation!

Khaugiri said...

Lovley cones dear... I got one more Idea from this ...will try it and post it soon ;-)

Swathi said...

Congrats and nice cup chaat.

Jaisy James said...

cone looks superbbb

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very lovely cones. Thanks for the tutorial. I have bookmarked this.

sangeeta said...

You forgot one more way to get endorphin surge ...reading all those wonderful blogs...:)

Cooking can be twice as rewarding for endorphins you know work physically and get E , then you eat the fruit of your labor and get more E and if you sing along while cooking there is a third dimension to get a surge of Endorphins ...:)

Padhu Sankar said...

Looks fabulous!!

Pari Vasisht said...

So true Sangeeta, reading through various blogs is surely a source of endorphins and for foodies like us cooking is the greatest source.That's what even I said and believe.

Raks said...

NIce informative post,and the cone looks so cute,thanks for sharing with pictorials!

Unknown said...

This is fantastic it!

Suji said...

Beautiful cone chaaat..

Priya Suresh said...

SOoo cute cone and cup chaat, my kids will definitely love this..thanks for sharing Pari..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Cones look so wonderfully made. Even the stuffings look yummy. Looks marvelous.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

AM glad ur are happy and cheerful , now that is a pretty list!
I love the flush and energy exercise brings too, its wonderful !
Ahh and the kitchen is a wonderful place to infuse in some joy too!!
Else lol , it sure does help ,:-)))
COngrats on ur 200+ posts too , lokking forward to more and hey , how did ya know i loveee chats so muccchhhh...
Mia sends ya sunshine smiles for a super twinkly merry sunday!

Namitha said...

Awesome..Wish I could grab it to make myself warm in this chilly weather :-0
I am doing great Pari..Has been bit busy lately with so many fever cycles at home, so blogging was at a slower pace..Now everything is getting back to normal :-) Hope you and your family is doing great

Unknown said...

You rock dear !!! What a lovely creation. Hats off to your imagination and then execution.

Congratulations on your 201st post.

Lorraine said...

These look delicious, and I bet the cone does make them more fun to eat. They look so crispy...yum!

Exercise is what really makes me feel good. I just wish the feeling would last all day:)

SS blogs here said...

Hey Pari.. love the idea of cone-chaat! Just fabulous!

Spice said...

Pari cooking & eating spicy food works best for me I guess......u know no more explainations why I want to eat lots of came to this post from chat roundup....this looks great now I've a question actually from last week I'm looking for some cone moulds to bake something but it's really costly here.....from where did U get yours, if from delhi can u please let me know the place

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Spice, in Delhi the cone moulds are easily available in Lajpat, INA. I picked them from INA.

Sunshinemom said...

We used to have this from a shop in Andheri when I worked there. Very tasty! I saw the process for making these in a cone bread making post. You have made them wonderfully.

Spice said...

Thanks another ques. do U remember the name of the store/ it some kitchen store or any land marks near by...Thanks

Anonymous said...

Can u tell me d name of dat shop ..I live in lajpat nagar..plz tell me pari

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Anonymous, Would have preferred if you had revealed your name. Providing you the details of the shop, hope you like it..
Bharat Crockery Corner and the address is ,
197, Mohan Singh Market, I.N.A. Colony, New Delhi-110 023

Their phone numbers are 011 24617656 and 011 24633108
Keep visiting and give me your feedback. TC. Pari

Akshita said...

I just want to know from where can I get the cone mould or how can I make cone mould?

Akshita said...

Hi Pari,
I would like to know how to make the cone mould???

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