Spicy potato-chickpea chaat


2 cups cooked chickpeas (Soaked for a few hours and boiled, canned are fine, too)
1 big potato, boiled, peeled and cubed
1 fresh tomato, cubed ( I don't remove seeds and pulp..waste of food!)
1 green chilli pepper, chopped fine
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, julienned
1 tsp roasted cumin seeds, powdered if you like
1 tsp chaat masala
salt to taste
red chilli powder, as much as you dare
2-3 tbsp lime juice
a spare handful of cilantro, chopped

Mix em up and serve!

Chaat (related to chatkara, i.e. lip-smacking, to give you a hint) never tastes as good at home as it does by the roadside, served up by chatwallahs in 'donas' or bowls made of dried leaves, held together by twigs.

 I spent five years of college in Meerut, the chaat capital of North India, spending my money and my weekends in the chaat bazaar. My favorite chaat item was dahi-gujhia, dumplings made of lentil flour, stuffed with nuts and raisins, and served soaked in sour curds and hot tamarind chutney. Sigh..anyway, this is quite a toned down version. We had it with methi paranthas stuffed with radish and split gram daal.

Someday, I'll be brave enough to try making dahi-gujhia at home. For now, we're rubbing our tummies and hoping cups of hot tea will wake us up for a bout of studying.

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About purplesque

Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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4 Responses to Spicy potato-chickpea chaat

  1. 8gurl says:

    How exotic looking! Some of this sounds completely foreign to me, but I love chick peas and anything spicy. The bread looks kind of like flatbread.

  2. Purplesque says:

    It is..the kind of flatbread that is made fresh with every meal. In our household, of course, that translates to maybe once a week! Its called roti, when made without oil, and parantha when browned in oil on both sides. You can stuff with Anything you like..from vegetables to meat to cheese! Now I'm Really missing home..:)

  3. Lakshmi says:

    You know, I should just stop visiting your blog two hours after my last meal. Really. I WANT that chat + paratha NOW.

  4. Purplesque says:

    šŸ™‚ I've had days when I would Kill for golgappas..some things simply canNOT be recreated at home.

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