Sprouted Moong Bhel

This is a healthy sprouted Moong/ Green gram Bhel which is not just delicious but filling as well. It is not like the regular Bhel poori which is spiced with tangy and spicy chutneys. This is more like a salad which when added to puffed rice/ kurmura makes for a healthy and filling snack. My heartfelt thanks to my friend Devi Pai for sharing her recipe with me.

Ingredients:

1 cup sprouted Moong

1 tomato chopped fine

1 small cucumber chopped fine

1 large onion minced

1 small carrot grated

Juice of one lemon

2 green chillies minced

Sev as required

Kurmura as required

Salt

1/2 tsp Chaat Masala

5 tbsps finely chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Tip all the chopped vegetables in a bowl along with the sprouted moong. Crush the minced chilly with a little salt and add it along with the lemon juice and Chaat masala. Mix thoroughly. Add a portion of this to some puffed rice, and serve immediately garnished with coriander leaves and sev.

Serves four.

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Mumbai Fruit Chaat

One of the most popular of Mumbai street food is this fruit chaat platter which is absolutely delicious. A variety of seasonal fruits are chopped and sprinkled with masalas. You can choose the masala you prefer along with the garnish.

Ingredients :

Equal quantities of whatever fruits are available. Here I have on my platter bits of

Guava

Apple

Sweet lime

Orange

Pomegranate

Black grapes

Juice of lemon

Sugar

Everest Chaat masala

Chilly powder

Method:

Chop the fruits into bite sized bits. Sweet lime and orange have to be peeled and segmented. Black grapes may be used whole or halved. Apples and guava chopped. Pomegranate of course is peeled and used. Tip all the fruits into a bowl. Sprinkle required quantities of the Chaat masala, chilly powder, sugar and lemon juice. Mix and serve. I prefer mine chilled.

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Easy peasy Pani poori

In my enthusiasm to make the Jal jeera, I was left with almost a litre of it. Quickly made some tamarind, jaggery and date chutney. There was no time to soak peas to make Ragda or sprout Moong. Soaked some Boondi in diluted Jal jeera water to use as a filling. Called for a couple of packets of fresh Poori and hey presto Pani poori is ready. Posting the links to both the Jal jeera and Pani poori recipe.

Pani poori Recipe

Jal jeera recipe

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Jhola Gola/Corn stirfry

A delicious stirfy made of sweet corn which doubles up as an accompaniment to rice or can be had as a Chaat. Jhola is corn and gola is bringing together. So literally it means corn and a variety of seasoning brought together. . Similarly Gola can be made of fresh peas or tender Rajma. This recipe is a traditional one handed down to my friend Suchita Kamath by her mother.

Ingredients

250 gms Sweet corn

2 green chillies chopped fine

1 sprig curry leaves

1 tbsp Ghee

1/2 tsp mustard

A pinch of Hing/asafoetida

Juice of half of a small lime

1 tbsp grated coconut

Salt

1 tsp sugar

A pinch of Turmeric powder

Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method

Pressure cook the sweet corn with salt. Keep aside. Heat the ghee in a pan. Drop in the mustard. After it splutters, add the finely chopped green chillies, hing and curry leaves. Toss. Drop in the boiled corn sugar and Turmeric powder along with the water in which it is cooked. Cover and cook till the water is absorbed. Add grated coconut, lime juice and coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly and serve hot.

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Chole Tikki Recipe

Chole Tikki is a popular street food up North and it is a satisfying and filling meal. The Tikki can also be enjoyed with sauce and the Chole with Poori. So try out your own combo of North India’s delicious ‘Chaat’.

Ingredients for the Tikki:

3 boiled Potatoes

6 slices of Bread

2 inch piece of Ginger

2 Green Chillies

6 small cloves of Garlic

Salt

Oil to fry the Tikki

Ingredients for the Chole:

125 gms Black Chana/ Chickpeas

2 large onions

1 large tomato

2 Green chillies

1 tbsp Coriander seeds

1/2 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds

6 pepper corns

1 inch piece of Cinnamon

4 Cloves

2 Cardamom

1 tsp Everest Kashmirilal Chilly powder

A pinch of Turmeric powder

Salt

3 tbsps oil

A pinch of Ajwain /Carom seeds

Method:

Mash the boiled potatoes. Dip the bread in water. Squeeze thoroughly and mix it with the potatoes. Grind the green chillies, garlic and ginger coarsely and mix it with the mash. Add salt, mix thoroughly. Pinch portions of this mixture and pat into desired shape. Normally it is made into small roundels, neither too thick nor thin. Heat oil in a pan. Drop the tikki three at a time and fry them to a golden brown. Drain and keep aside.

Soak the black Chickpeas for eight hours. Pressure cook till done. Keep aside. Roughly chop the onions and tomatoes. Grind them to a smooth paste with ginger, green chillies, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, pepper corns, Coriander and cumin seeds. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the carom seeds and after they splutter add the ground Massala. Roast till the oil starts separating. Drop in the Chilly and turmeric powders. Toss. Add the boiled Chana, salt and enough water to form a gravy like consistency. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for five minutes.

To serve :

Place the Tikki on a plate. Gently press it down. Pour two ladlesful of Chole over it. Drizzle some Tamarind and jaggery chutney, finely chopped raw onions and coriander leaves. Serve immediately.

Note:

Recipe to the Tamarind and jaggery chutney can be found under the heading Chutneys of this website.

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Dahi Appam Recipe

Appam/Appo/Paddu/Paniyaram is a batter of fermented Urad dal and rice which is roasted in an Appam Chetti or a skillet specially designed for it. I had some leftover Idli batter and made some Appams and dunked them in Curds. I have already posted a recipe of it the way it is made in North India. Posting a South Indian version of it today.

Ingredients :

14 appams made from leftover Idli batter

3 green chillies

One inch piece of ginger

2 glasses of thick set Curds

2 tsps sugar

Salt

1 tbsp oil

1/4 tsp mustard

1/2 tsp Jeera /Cumin seeds

2 sprigs of Curry leaves

1 heaped tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Make the appams and dunk them in a bowl of water for an hour. Remove gently and place them in a wide bowl. Churn the curds. Blitz the green chillies, ginger, sugar and salt in the mixer and drop it into the Curds. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the mustard. After it splutters add the Jeera. Toss. Add the Curry leaves. Toss and drop the seasoning into the Curds. Garnish with finely chopped Coriander leaves .

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Masala Pav Recipe

An extremely delicious preparation with Pav (Bun) which doubles up as breakfast or as Supper. You can make the Masala beforehand and store it. Heat it up and ise as required.

Ingredients :

4 Pav

Amul Butter

2 tomatoes

2 onions

1/4 Capsicum

7 cloves of garlic

3 tsps Everest Tikhalal chilly powder

2 tbsps oil

1/2 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds

1 heaped tsp Everest Pav bhaji Masala

Salt

Coriander leaves

Method:

Slice the Pav keeping one side intact. Butter them on both sides and keep aside. Chop the onions, tomatoes, Capsicum and coriander leaves fine. Set aside. Grind the chilly powder and garlic with a little water to a smooth paste. Heat oil in a pan. Add the jeera and after it splutters add the finely chopped onions and the chilly garlic paste. Saute for about five minutes on a gentle flame till the onions turn transparent and the raw smell of the garlic is gone. Drop in the pav bhaji masala and toss for a minute. Add the finely chopped tomato, salt and capsicum. Saute till the tomatoes are mushy. Add a blob of butter and garnish with the coriander leaves. Keep aside.

Heat the skillet. Place the Pav with the inside of the pav facing the skillet. Allow to roast. Flip. Place two tbsps of the prepared Masala inside the Pav. Roast the pav on both sides. Pour some masala atop and serve hot with some freshly chopped onions and a piece of lemon.

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Puffed Rice/Charmurya Upkari – 1

This is the Konkani version of what is popularly known in the North as Sookha Bhel. A delicious, easy to make recipe which tickles the tongue and leaves you asking for more. I am posting the first version of it today. Will post the other one soon.

Ingredients :

2 tomatoes finely chopped

2 medium sized onions finely chopped

4 green chillies crushed fine

7 tbsps grated coconut

1 tbsp Coconut oil

2 tbsps finely chopped coriander leaves

Salt

Puffed rice as required

Method :

Tip the grated coconut, finely chopped onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves in a bowl. Crush the green chillies and salt and drop it into this mixture. Add the oil and mix well. Add as much Puffed rice as per choice. Here I have added around 8-10 large fistfuls. Garnish with sev and serve immediately.

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Sookha Bhel/ Dry Bhel Recipe

Bhelpuri is one of the most popular street food in Mumbai. It’s a mixture of puffed rice, onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves and the green, red and tamarind chutney. Recipe for the same is listed under the Chaat section of this blog. The other version of this popular street food is Sookha Bhel where no Chutneys are added and the mixture is left dry. Sookha means dry. I prefer mine with a dash of green chutney, just enough to lend it some spice.Ingredients:

  • One boiled potato
  • One large onion
  • One tomato
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • A pinch of Everest Chaat Masala
  • Sev
  • Puffed rice as required
  • Green chutney

Method:Deskin quarter and slice the boiled potatoes thinly. Chop the tomatoes, onions and Coriander leaves also fine. Tip all the vegetables into a bowl. Add the lemon juice, Chaat Masala and a pinch of salt. Tip in a tsp of the green chutney and mix thoroughly. Add as much puffed rice as it can hold. The mixture should not be too dry . Garnish with Sev and serve immediately.

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Chana Kanghou/ Black Chickpeas Chaat Manipur style Recipe

Chana Kanghou can be served as an evening snack with tea or also served with Tan Ngang or a Poori made of Maida. The garnish of finely chopped raw onions, green chilly and coriander leaves one’s mouth watering!!

Ingredients :

  • 125 gms Chana/ Black Chickpeas
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped fine
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 flakes of garlic grated
  • 1 green chilly chopped fine
  • A large pinch of Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam masala
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves

Method :

Wash and soak the black Chickpeas overnight. Pressure cook and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and add the Bay leaf. Tip in the onion, garlic and tomato. Sautée till the tomatoes become mushy. Add turmeric and Garam masala powders. Toss. Drop in the cooked Chickpeas salt and the water left over in which the Chickpeas were cooked. Boil till all the water evaporates. Before serving, garnish with finely chopped onions, Coriander leaves and a green chilly.

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