Moving on to today’s post , as far as I remember , chana chaat and sheer are the two must have dishes on Eid at the Naseeb’s. I grew up in an amazing and loving Pakistani neighbourhood and I remember how kids from the neighbourhood look forward to savour chana chaat every year on Eid at our place. All of us have grown up now but as we were talking the other day I discovered that Mani , sadaf ,and Usman Arif like me still miss the old days , togetherness , the Eid fun and of course the chana chaat.
Its no Eid but I am posting the recipe to rekindle all those sweet memories and for all the chana chaat lovers out like me .I hope you will also enjoy this supper healthy and supper yummy chaat like we do .
What you need :
- kala chana (Bangal gram) : 1/2 kg ( boiled)
- Onion : 1 ( chopped)
- Tomato : 1 ( chopped)
- GG paste : 1/2 tsp
- Red Chili powder : 1 tsp ( up to your tolerance level )
- Salt : 1 tsp ( up to your taste)
- Chaat Masala : 1 tsp
- Turmeric : 1/4 tsp
- Coriander Powder : 1/2 tsp
- Cumin powder : 1/2 tsp
- Lemon juice : 1 tablespoon ( up to taste)
- Oil : 1/4 cup
- Heat oil in a wide non stick pan .
- Add chopped onions and fry till they become translucent.
- Add GG paste , fry a little and then throw in the tomatoes and all the dry masala powders. Cook till the water starts to dry up .
- Now add the boiled chana and cook on slow flame till they are nicely coated with the masala and the oil starts oozing out. ( this should take about 10 –15 minutes while stirring in between )
- Splash in the lemon juice ,mix and serve garnished with coriander leaves.
- Soak the chana in ample water overnight .The next morning boil or pressure cook them to the tenderness you prefer.
- You can use tamarind pulp instead of lemon juice to further perk up the chaat.
- You can omit the onions and tomatoes and just kind of fry the chana with the dry masala powders only and add finely chopped onions , tomato ( cucumber if you like) and boiled potato cubes like normal chaats before serving.