Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Channa Chaat - Pakistani Street Food

1.5 cups of chickpeas 
2 tbsp chopped red onion
1 medium apple chopped
1-2 green chillies chopped
2 tbsp of tamarind pulp
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp corriander powder
1/2 tsp cayenne powder or chilli flakes, 
1/4 tsp black pepper, 
1/4 tsp black salt. 
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tbsp palm sugar (more if you like it sweet then sour)
2 tbsp of yogurt
Note: The spices mentioned above can be substituted with pre-made spice mix available at indian stores called "Chaat Masala".

I use 1 tin of chickpeas or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
I cook them in water to get them to a nice soft texture. Drain the water but leave 1/5 cup behind. Add 2 tbsp chopped onions in the warm chickpeas.  
In another bowl apples(ones with a bite), 1-2 green chillies, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, 3 tbsp sugar(brown or agave works as well. 2 tbsp of tamarind pulp, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp corriander powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne powder or chilli flakes, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp black salt. Mix it up add the warm chickpeas with onion in the bowl. Taste. It should hit you with lime sweet sugar first. A good balance, then salty and the spices should lick in last. Add more of anything if you like certain thing more. Add 1-2 tbsp of yogurt mix it in. The warm temp and the spicy sauciness plays so well with coolness of yogurt. 
You can too it all of with some spicy potato chips if you like some crunch :)

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