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January 3, 2008

Kala Chana Chaat




Healthy street food! Feels like an oxymoron of sorts, doesn't it? But we discovered this during our trip to Mussoorie. Stuck in a jam for about an hour, trying to get out of the hill station, we found solace in this nice chaat dished out by a roadside chaatwallah. I recreated it at home with whatever I could find and the result was pretty good. This must seem like an ordinary salad, but since I enjoyed it so much, I thought I should share the recipe with you.

1 cup Black Chana, soaked overnight and cooked

1 Carrot, grated

8 Cherry Tomatoes, halved

1 Cucumber, chopped

1 Onion, chopped

1 tsp Tamarind Paste

1 tsp Date Syrup

1 tsp Cumin Powder

1 tsp Chilli-Ginger Paste

1/2 tsp Lime Juice

Salt to taste

Chopped Coriander for garnish




Mix all the ingredients together and toss around a bit. Your salad is ready.

I know this doesn't even qualify for a post, but I am posting it here nonetheless. I hope you enjoy this as a meal or as part of a meal.

17 comments:

Nags said...

wow! you do post quickly, dont you :) healthy street food, awesome concept!

easycrafts said...

Its almost similar to what i used to eat as channa masala in a street side shop in mumbai..You tempt me to try it out..

Raaga said...

When I have the time, yes Nags...

Do try it out EC. I am sure you'll love it.

Srivalli said...

Raaaga...looks very colourful!

bhags said...

Kaala chana chat.....nice one and very healthy indeed...

Padmaja said...

Raaga, nice n easy chat!! Gosh i lost my appetite for couple of weeks and now i am just craving for everything n anything now!!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Healthy one Raaga!Happy new year to you!

musical said...

Happy New Year to yu and your loved ones, dear! This is really yummy chaat and healthy too!

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Happy New Year Raga!!
A lovely refreshing chaat here...

Suganya said...

Raaga, I am definitely trying this. What can I substitute date syrup with? Honey or jaggery?

Sagari said...

THATS a lovely recipe raaga happy new year

Manasi said...

U've been quick off the mark!! Good one!! ' I love this chat!!! taste bhi, health bhi!

Mansi Desai said...

wow Raaga, my mouth is watering at the thought of all the spices!! nice one girl:) will surely try this tonight!

Suganya - I'd go for jaggery melted in warm water or light sugar syrup...might work better than the honey:)

bee said...

what a wonderful dish after all the calorie-laden treats we find in the festive season. a happy 2008 to you.

Grihini said...

Happy new year.. :)

Asha said...

Hello chef, happy new year to you both!:)
Chana chaat looks yum, I made some chana dish today, you will see next week.

Tahrim said...

I love kaala chana chaat...planning on making it for my school international buffet =]