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Poha Onion Chaat

7 Jun

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Poha Onion Chaat.

Poha / Flattened rice is either roasted or fried till crisp. Here poha is mixed with finely chopped onion along with other spices and herbs for quick and tasty spicy chaat. You need to serve the poha chaat immediately as a tea time snack.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Poha Onion Chaat.

Ingredients:

Poha 2 Cups
Onion 1 Small
Tender Green Chile 1 Small (optional)
Chaat Masala 1/4 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/2 – 1 tsp
Dalia / Roasted Gram 1 tbsp
Roasted Peanuts 2 tbsps
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Cilantro a few sprigs
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash, remove seeds and finely chop the green chile (if using).
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro.

Heat a flat pan on medium heat, add poha.
Fry till poha is crisp. Make sure poha doesn’t change color.
Remove from heat, add oil in the same pan while its still hot, add red chile powder and salt.
Immediately add the poha to the oil and toss well to coat the poha with red chile powder.

In a mixing bowl, add chopped onion, green chile, chaat masala, cilantro, lemon juice and salt.
Mix it thoroughly to combine all the flavors.
When ready to serve, stir the poha into the prepared mixture.
Finally stir in roasted peanuts, dalia and remove onto serving bowls.
Serve poha chaat immediately.
Notes: Don’t let the poha chaat sit for more than 5 minutes in which case it becomes soggy.

Suggestions: If the chaat is too spicy, stir in more lemon juice.
Variations: Grated raw mango can be added for texture and sourness.
Other Names: Poha Chaat, Atulukulu Mixture.

Potato Chaat

4 Jun

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Alu Chaat.

Alu chaat is quick and easy chaat made with boiled potato. Poha mixture is layered on the sliced potato along with spicy onion mixture.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Potato Chaat.

Ingredients:

Baby Potato 3
Thin Poha 1 Cup
Onion 1 Small
Roasted Peanuts 15 app.
Red Chile Powder 1/2 tsp
Whole Red Chile 1 small
Cinnamon 1/4 inch stick
Clove 1/2
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp
Cilantro few sprigs
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Grind red chile, cinnamon, clove, coriander seeds into fine powder using a spice blender.
Bring to boil few cups of water, add baby potatoes and salt.
Boil till potatoes are just soft and remove from heat.
Cool them to room temperature and peel the potatoes.
Slice the potatoes into thick slices.
Mix masala powder and salt and rub on each side of the potato slice.

Peel and finely chop the onion.
Clean, remove hard stems and finely chop cilantro.
Mix together chopped onion, roasted peanuts, red chile powder, salt, cilantro.

Heat a flat pan on medium heat, add poha.
Fry till poha is crisp. Make sure poha doesn’t change color.
Remove from heat, add oil in the same pan while its still hot, add red chile powder and salt.
Immediately add the poha to the oil and toss well to coat the poha with red chile powder.

On a serving plate, arrange the potato slices.
Layer each potato slice with poha mixture.
And then just before serving, layer with onion mixture and lemon juice.
Serve potato chaat immediately.
Notes: Make sure potatoes are not overcooked.

Suggestions: Adjust the spice with red chile powder. Add chopped green chiles for more spice.
Variations: Check out the previously posted recipes of various chaat here.
Other Names: Potato Chaat, Alu Chaat, Aloo Chaat.

Sev Chaat

15 Apr

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Karampoosa Mixture.

Fine sev is generally prepared with gram flour batter. Here sev is mixed with finely chopped tomato and onion along with other spices and herbs for quick and tasty spicy chaat. You need to serve the sev chaat immediately as a tea time snack.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Sev Chaat.

Ingredients:

Fine Sev 1 1/2 Cups
Tomato 1 Small
Onion 1 Small
Tender Green Chile 1 Small
Chaat Masala 1/4 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/4 tsp
Roasted Peanuts 2 tbsps
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Cilantro a few sprigs
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash, remove seeds and finely chop the green chile.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Wash, halve, remove seeds and finely chop the tomato.
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro.

In a mixing bowl, add chopped onion, tomato, green chile, chaat masala, red chile powder, cilantro, lemon juice and salt.
Mix it thoroughly to combine all the flavors.
When ready to serve, stir the sev into the prepared mixture.
Finally stir in roasted peanuts and remove onto serving bowls.
Serve sev chaat immediately.
Notes: Don’t let the sev chaat sit for more than 5 minutes in which case it becomes soggy.

Suggestions: If the chaat is too spicy, stir in more lemon juice.
Variations: Grated raw mango can be added for texture and sourness.
Other Names: Sev Chaat, Karampoosa Mixture.

Roasted Peanuts Chaat

24 Mar

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Veru Senagala Masala.

Peanuts are roasted in shallow pan until light brown in color. They are then cooled to room temperature and mixed with chopped onion, lemon juice and chaat masala along with others. Roasted peanuts chaat can be served in small portions as a tea time snack.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Roasted Peanuts Chaat.

Ingredients:

Raw Peanuts 1 1/2 Cups
Onion 1
Tender Green Chile 1 (optional)
Chaat Masala 1/4 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/4 tsp
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Cilantro few sprigs
Raw Mango (grated) 1 tbsp (optional)
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash, remove seeds and finely chop the green chile.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro.
Heat a pan on medium heat, add raw peanuts and roast them until they change color (around 10 minutes).
Cool the roasted peanuts to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, add chopped onion, green chile (if using), mango (if using), chaat masala, red chile powder, cilantro and salt.
Mix it thoroughly to combine all the flavors.
Finally stir in roasted peanuts and remove onto serving bowls.
Serve roasted peanuts chaat immediately.
Notes: Make sure to roast the peanuts well.

Suggestions: If the chaat is too spicy, stir in more lemon juice.
Variations: You can also add finely chopped tomato to the chaat. A tablespoon of sev also can be added.
Other Names: Roasted Peanuts Chaat, Veru Senagala Masala.

Masala Puffed Rice Mixture

27 Feb

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Bajji Pappu.

Puffed rice mixture is quite famous chaat all over India. In this Andhra version of puffed rice mixture / maramarala mixture, puffed rice is tossed with a cooked spicy yellow peas gravy along with freshly chopped onion and tomato for freshness and crunch. The puffed rice chaat is spicy and mouthwatering and served instantly.
Makes: around 2 1/2 Cups of Masala Puffed Rice Mixture.

Ingredients:

Puffed Rice 2 Cups
Onion 1 Small
Tomato 1 Large
Green Chiles 1
Cilantro a handful Leaves
Lemon Juice 1/2 tsp
Roasted Peanuts 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Masala:

Cooked Yellow Peas 2 tbsps
Cloves 1
Cinnamon 1/2 inch Stick
Star Anise 1/4 inch Piece
Whole Red Chiles 1 – 2
Onion 1/2 of Small One
Besan / Gram Flour 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1/2 tsp

Method of preparation:

Peel and finely chop the onion.
Wash and finely chop the tomato.
Remove stems, wash and finely chop the green chiles.
Clean, wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.
Add few tablespoons of water to the besan and mix well without any lumps.
Keep it aside as a thickening agent.

Heat oil in a pan, add cloves, cinnamon, star anise and red chiles.
Fry for few seconds or until aromatic, add chopped onion.
Fry till onion turns translucent.
Cool all the ingredients to room temperature and grind them into fine paste adding enough water.

Heat a sauce pot on medium flame, add cooked yellow, and ground masala paste and salt.
Add quarter cup of water and boil for 5 – 10 minutes.
Stir in the besan mixture and cook for a minute or two.
Remove from heat and cool the masala mixture to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, add puffed rice, chopped onion, tomato, green chiles, cilantro, lemon juice, roasted peanuts and masala mixture.
Mix everything together with hands while lightly squeezing the puffed rice.
Taste and adjust the salt if necessary.
Instantly serve masala puffed rice mixture as a chaat.
Notes: Make sure to serve the masala puffed rice mixture immediately, else it turns soggy.

Suggestions: Add few pinches of red chile powder to the puffed rice for spice.
Variations: You can also crumble some plantain fritters or green chile fritters if you wish.
Other Names: Maramarala Mixture, Bajji Pappu, Spicy Mamra Chaat, Andhra Puffed Rice Chaat.