December 29th, 2010
I am going to lot of weddings these days (one perk of being home, lots of parties, lots of weddings, lots of foods)!
And its not the same ol’ paneer, chicken, mutton. These days desis have gone ‘conti’ (that’s how my sis’in law calls continental food ). There is pasta, pizza, salad bars, and the list goes on and on.
All this is great, but my heart skips a beat when my eyes fall on our traditional desi ‘chaat’ stall, with our bhaiyaji dipping one after another puris in khatta mittha chutney! I rate chaat counter at weddings as Yum-O Paani puris, sev puris, dahi puri, ragda patties. Yum – Ooooooooooooooooooooooo
So incase you dear friend are in some cold or exotic location, where you do not have access to a chaat wala bhaiyaji, I have this super easy super healthy way to make mittha chutney. Courtesy, my mom!
(Do not worry, I will also give you options for different ways you can have some chaat in your life) After all, isn’t that whats life’s all about? Something sweet, something hot, something spicy, something tangy.
Here you go.
Dates, good arabic dates, not dried out completely (khajoor)
tamarind or tamarind concentrate (imli)
Spice mix: salt, red chilli powder, black salt, dhania-jeera powder
Put everything in water, and let it soak for half an hour. Then boil it for sometime. Add spices in it. Let it cool a bit, then using a blender, grind it. And finally strain out the fiber. Done.
Note: Quantities to be used are about a handful of each of the main ingredients, and for the spices, start with 1/2 tsp of each, and then mix, and add more of anything you desire, according to taste.
I had previously said that I would list the possible ways you could have chaat, not necessarily the usual paani puri, etc. But easily found at home ingredients, like chick peas (chole), kidney beans (raajma), or others. Basically, chop up tomatoes, onions, cucumber, cilantro, green peppers etc, add the boiled beans to it, and salt, black pepper, lemon juice (if you like add a ‘tadka’ of mustard and cumin seeds in little oil. Drizzle some of the chutney on this, and sprinkle some crispy ‘sev’ and voila, a healthy nutritious snack is ready with at-home ingredients!