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Friday, May 14, 2010

Chaat Sandwich

Chaats are very popular fast food in Northwest India. They are typically sold on roadsides and also available at restaurants. Count me amongst those who devour chaats with relish!
Afrah’s friends pleaded for a potato-snack party for her bday and it didn’t take me a minute to decide on Batata-wada. So what would be next …Punjabi samosa! But then nothing unique about it. My toing and froing stopped when I recollected this Hyderabi chaat sandwhich which my sis had prepared for her school snack festival. I remember Anusha preparing around 50-60 of this with her friend Nikitha and turning mom’s kitchen into a mess! Albeit it sold like hotcakes..or should I say hotsandwiches! Still remember seeing a huge crowd at their stall! So here I am to share this chaat with you, which I doubt you’ll find at Bombay Chowpatty or any chaat stalls!

Bread – 6 slices cut into triangles.
Potato- 3 large
Onion- 2 large chopped into tiny pieces
Tomato- 1 large chopped into tiny pieces
Raw mango (optional)- 1 cut into tiny pieces
Red chilly powder- 1 tsp
Lime juice- 1 tsp
Garam masala powder- ¼ tsp
Coriander leaves- ½ cup
Fine Sev – 1 Cup
Tomato sauce

Sweet Red chutney(meetha chutney): Soak 1 small lemon size tamarind in 1 cup water for 1hour or you may microwave it for 30secs to make it soft. Cut 5-6 seedless dates into small pieces. Squish the tamarind with your fingers to extract all the pulp. Discard the fibre and seeds. Add the thick tamarind liquid to the dates. Add ¼ tsp chilli pdr, ¼ tsp cumin pdr, salt and grind to a smooth watery paste. Keep it aside for garnish.(you may need to adjust the quantity of tamarind and dates depending on the size).

Green chutney- ingredients: 1 cup mint leaves, ½ cup coriander leaves, ½ onion , 1 tsp lime juice, ½ tsp sugar, 1 green chili. Grind into smooth paste using very little water. Keep aside for garnish.

Boil and mash the potatoes. Add red chilli pdr, lime juice, garam masal pdr, salt. Mix well into a smooth paste.
Preparing the bread-base: there are 2 ways to do this. 1- Toast the bread slices (hard brown toast)using a little bit of ghee and then coat one side with the potato mix. 2- First coat the potato mix on one side of the slice, spread evenly, press well, then dust cornflour on it and deep fry in oil. Although I’ve used the 2nd method, I would recommend the 1st option as for the 2nd method, it consumes a lot of oil.
Garnish- place the bread slices on the serving dish. Spread 1 tsp tomato sauce. Sprinkle onion pieces, next tomato pieces, mango pieces(very few), drizzle 2-3 tsp red chutney, now add a lot of Sev(as shown in pic), add green chutney and lastly coriander leaves. Serve immediately!


Mallugirl said... Reply to comment

HMM.. Aleema, anusha's going to charge u copyright for this.:)

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