Snack’d Ep.#1 | Chana Chaat

Evening tea/coffee break always comes with a craving for accompaniments. And, that has been my downfall from the very start. Muffins, Sandwiches, Patties, Fritters, Rolls, Wraps – the taste and texture of the nibbles leave you asking for another serving. The street food in the India knows no bounds when it comes to offering you choices. From the deep fried snacks – kachori, samosa, Pakora, Tikki, Jalebi to their variety of chutneys, they’ll make you drool from a distance.
Snacks, Tapas – the nibbles do the most damage. I am not the one to follow any crash diet, rather I live by the concept of treating myself to all the amazing food out there. But frankly, that comes with a cost – the cost of your health. So, do I give up on everything fried and sweet?
If no,then, how do I stay healthy and still enjoy my ‘chai time’ snacks? By choosing the right kind of quick bites. Be prepared, for I am bringing a variety of sweet & savoury snacking episodes under Snack’d.
Today, On The Menu >> Chana Chaat!
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Nutritional Facts:
Let me give you a quick brief on the nutritional side of the hero of today’s dish – Black Chickpea.
Kala Chana or black chickpeas is a great source of protein and dietary fibre. High in potassium and low in sodium, these legumes are great addition to your diet if you want to manage Blood Pressure. Also rich in iron, calcium and folate, it helps in bone strengthening and fighting anaemia.
Ingredients required:
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  1. Black Chickpeas or Kala Chana – 1/2 cup
  2. Cucumber – 1
  3. Onion – 1
  4. Tomato -1
  5. Lemon – 1
  6. Green Chilli – 1
  7. Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  8. Roasted Cumin(Jeera) Powder – 1 tsp
  9. Black Salt – 1 tsp
  10. Common Salt – as per taste
  11. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  12. Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  13. Date and Tamarind Chutney – 3-4 tbsp
  14. Mint Sauce – 1-2 tbsp

 

Instructions:
  1.  Soak the Black gram overnight for at least 8-10 hours.
  2.  Pressure cook the gram with sufficient water the next day for 30-40 mins or till they are soft.
  3.  Chop the vegetables (cucumber, Onion, Tomato, Coriander, Mint) finely. You may even add boiled baby potatoes to the chat or salad.
  4.  Strain the gram in a bowl and the stock in a separate bowl (use the stock for soups later). Add all the dry spices, chutneys(sauces) and chopped veggies to it.
  5.  Mix everything well and squeeze a lemon to liven up the chat. Let the mixture sit for 15 mins or so for the chickpeas to absorb the flavours.

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Served as a tea time snack or tapas, this easy and quick munch on will give your taste buds the right kick. Our small in between meals should be both satisfying and guilt free.
Look out for the next episodes of Snack’d on TheContentSpace!

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