Kaala Chana Chaat

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Now who doesn’t like street food?? 😉
Here in India we have so many varieties of street foods especially chaat. And I love all kinds of chaats just as much but while most are not so healthy, this simple Kaala Chana chaat is. It is a regular favourite for breakfast at home, more so because it is so fuss free to make and tastes delicious! It is a must try for sure!

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A little about the nutritional facts of Kaala Chana
Kaala Chana or Whole Bengal gram are a rich source of proteins and have a high fibre content, which adds to its nutritional value! A diet rich in fibre content lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent constipation. Fiber also helps in regulating blood-sugar levels in individuals with diabetes, which makes kaala chana chaat a diabetic friendly recipe too. 🙂
Also it is gluten free!!

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So now you have enough reasons to recreate this chaat in your kitchen! 🙂
What are you waiting for then? Ahh, the recipe!
So here it goes. 🙂

Recipe :

Serves : 4-6

Ingredients

1 cup kaala chana
3 & 1/2 cups water for cooking plus more for washing and soaking
1 green chilli
1″ ginger
2-3 tsp oil
a generous pinch of asafoetida (Hing)
1/3 tsp Mustard seeds (Rai)
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
1 & 1/4 tsp salt (adjust as per taste)
1/3 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (Haldi)
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp semolina (Suji)

For Chaat :

1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1 cup curd
handful of fresh coriander leaves chopped
lemon to squeeze in!
Chaat Masala to sprinkle

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Method :

Wash and soak kaala chana and keep it overnight (if preparing it for breakfast).
In the morning strain the water and wash them again twice. Now take a pressure cooker and add heat oil in it, add hing, jeera and mustard seeds till they splutter. Add kaala chana and 3&1/2 cups of water to cook. Add salt,turmeric powder,red chilli powder,coriander powder and cover with the lid. Let it pressure cook for 2 whistles on high flame and then for about 10-15 minutes on low flame. Turn off the flame and once the cooker cools, open the lid, Add semolina and stir well and again cook for 2-3 minutes without the cover.
Chana is prepared.

Let it cool down, meanwhile you can chop the vegetables for chaat.

Take a serving each, add chopped onions, tomatoes, 2-3 tbsp curd, generous pinch of chaat masala, lime squeezed in and coriander leaves to garnish at last!

Enjoy your plate full nutritional goodness and deliciousness!! 😀

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Notes :
Whenever you want to prepare kaala chana chaat, make sure you soak these before for about 6-7 hours.

Your feedback is awaited, let me know how it turns out for you. 🙂
Happy Cooking!!
Thank you for stopping by.

 

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Grilled Aloo Masala Sandwich

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Sandwiches are a such a comforting breakfast!
Nobody denies that, whether you have to cook it or just eat it, right?! Because I know not of anyone who dislikes anything under the name of a ‘sandwich’.
As a child these Aloo Masala sandwiches were the first ever sandwiches I ate, guess all the Indian kids did. These require no special ingredient that you won’t readily find at home and that makes them super simple to make! 🙂
Almost once in a week we have it, needless to say it makes up for one of our favourite things to eat at breakfast.

It is always fun to cook anything that you know everyone at home loves, so this was it for breakfast. 🙂

Go grill some for yourself and I know they’ll soon be in your favourite list too. 😀

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Have a look at the recipe :

Serves : 8-10 Sandwiches

Aloo Masala :
4-5 large potatoes
1 tsp chilli powder
a pinch of asafoetida (Hing)
1/2 tsp coarsely ground fennel seeds (Saunf)
1/4 tsp dry mango powder (Amchur powder)
1/4 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
coriander leaves (washed and chopped)

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Sandwich :
10 bread slices
Softened Butter/Ghee for slathering
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Method :
Wash the potatoes, cut them width wise, each into two. Now take a pressure cooker and fill about a glass of water and boil the potatoes with one whistle on high flame and then for another 5-7 minutes on low flame. Check once the cooker cools down whether the potatoes are well cooked or not.
Let the boiled potatoes cool down so that you can peel them easily. Now mash them well and mix all the spices along. Add chopped coriander leaves.
Take two slices of bread and generously slather ghee on both the sides, spread the potato mash evenly and cover with another bread slice. Now grill till crisp brown.
Enjoy with tomato ketchup or Green Chutney (Cilantro Peanut Pesto).

Note :
I took the white sandwich bread, you may well replace it with brown bread.
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A delicious sandwich and a good coffee, totally can kick start your day.

Please do try and keep me posted.
Thank you for stopping by.