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Chole Chaat…


I had prepared some chole for dinner & then I guess I overestimated K’s & my dinner eating abilities.. it ended up being leftover. & I was in no mood to waste chole.. If you have been following my blog, you would know by now that I’m quite a fussy eater & I need to disguise food for myself when I’m not quite in the mood to eat something…I kept racking my brains on how can I make it more interesting.. We had picked some nylon sev.. these are fine chickpeas flour noodles.. which are yellow in colour & savoury, usually eaten as a snack or added over chaat’s.. the rest of the basic ingredients are always available in anyone’s pantry..! So I threw them all in & made myself a yummy chat as a snack for the evening with the leftover chole.. 🙂

Chole Chaat....

Chaat is a famous evening snack in India.. mostly available in small stalls on the streets around India. Everyone loves them.. you can’t escape from the heavenly aroma around these stalls that draw you towards them… Chaat has evolved quite a bit & there has been a lot of innovation around it as well, you may or may not have heard of Paani Poori (These are small crisp poori‘s filled with some tangy & spicy water, may or may not have some sprouts or potato filling.. Once done place the entire poori in your mouth..don’t ever try to take a bite out of them.. you will end up spilling all the water over yourself.. its yummy.. ).. by innovation I meant Vodka paani poori, Yes instead of the usual spiced up water vodka is used.. never tried it though.. but heard its wonderful.. 😀 I’m making my mouth water now.. I can’t really make paani poori here because the ready poori packs that are available aren’t fresh & crisp & every packet has half of them already broken… I need to learn to try & make the poori’s at home.. It’s on my to-do list… I have become a little lazy after returning from my holiday..! I need to something about this laziness..

Anyways this recipe is very quick.. the stalls usually add a wee bit of green/mint chutney (click for the mint chutney recipe) & some sweet & tangy date & tamarind chutney to make it have a nice blend of all flavours to tingle your taste buds.. But I did not add any of these.. you could if you have it… Click here for the Chole recipe.

Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time: 5 minutes (Time to prepare the chole not included)
Chole – 1 bowl
Red onion – 1 small-sized, finely chopped
Tomato – 1 small-sized, finely chopped
Coriander leaves – 3-4 sprigs, finely chopped
Sev – 2 tbsp
Yogurt – 2 tbsp
Red Chilli powder- a pinch
Chaat masala – a pinch
Mint Chutney – 1 tsp, I did not use this as I did not have this ready
Date & Tamarind chutney – 2 tsp, I did not use this as I did not have this ready
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp, freshly squeezed
Salt to taste

Some of the ingredients...

Method:
Take 2 serving plates or bowls. Add 7-8 tbsp of hot Chole along with some curry into each plate. Add a tbsp of yogurt over the top on each plate. If you plan to add some green chutney & date & tamarind chutney add half a tsp on each plate. Next throw in some chopped red onions & tomatoes. Next sprinkle some red chilli powder & chaat masala. Squeeze/add some lemon juice, sprinkle some salt to taste. Finally garnish with some sev & coriander leaves as shown.

Chole Chaat...

Dig in :). You could give the whole dish a mix before if you wish to, so that all the flavours mix well.. 🙂

If you liked this recipe you may also like – Chana Masala/ Khatte Punjabi Chane/ Tangy Chickpeas, Kala Chana Chaat/ Black Chickpeas Chaat, Egg Pakodi Chaat, Chilly Kothu Parota/Bite sized Paratha pieces tossed in a hot & spicy sauce etc.

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