Saturday, 31 May 2014


Toady we are presenting one of the famous evening chat/snack of North India, even famous in Mumbai and other parts of India too. This snack is easy to prepare with handy available ingredients at home. People of all age love this because of its taste and nutrition value. Lets follow the easy steps how to prepare this chatpata(tangy) CHAT. Recipe sent by Sandwich Maker

Ingredients for Chana/Chickpeas Chat:

1 Cup - Cooked Chickpeas
1 - Onion finely chopped
1 - Tomato finely chopped
1 or 2 - Green chilies
Lemon Juice as per taste
Coriander leaves - Little bit
Salt as per taste
pinch - Hing (Asafoetida)
pinch - Turmeric
Half Split Spicy Groundnuts for dressing
Saviors for dressing
Chat Masala as per taste

To prepare Chana/Chickpeas Chat :

1. Soak the chickpeas in water overnight.
2. Next morning drain the water and add fresh water, a pinch of turmeric, a pinch of hing (=asafoetida—which reduces the gaseous property of chickpeas), salt to taste then pressure cook 6 whistles.
3. Let it cool then drain the water, add finely chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander, green chilies, few drops of lemon juice and mix well.
4. Now on top garnish with spicy peanuts, saviors, pinch of chat masala and serve with hot Tea or Coffee.
5. This fresh and hygienic home made chana/chickpeas chat will be loved by almost everybody.

Tips / Notes:

·        You can add grated or finely chopped raw mango in place of lemon juice for tangy taste.
·        You can add grated carrot or boiled potatoes if you like (optional).
·        Half split spicy groundnuts, saviors, chat masala are readily available in market in many Brands.

Health Benefits :

1. This street food (chat) is very healthy as it is oil free, sugar free, no fat, high proteins and gluten free.
2. Chickpeas are great hunger controllers and they are rich in fiber and proteins.
3. Chickpeas reduce risk of heart disease as they reduce cholesterol.
4. Chickpeas also have good amount of iron which boost energy and good amount of calcium which is good for bones.
5. Chickpeas are loved by all for their multipurpose usage. They can be used in chat,salads, curries, roasted, chickpeas floor.
6. We all know that chickpeas floor is ideal for skin and hair.

So try this recipe and write back to us…We love to hear from you.
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Home made Chicken Burger

Why not try to make homemade easy burger for lunch for the family by using minimal ingredients? instead of eating out at the McDonald which could be costly? to prepare this recipe u need to have ready Chicken patties which u get in super market to make your cooking process fast.

Ingredients for Chicken Burger :

Chicken patties 3
Burger buns 3
Lettuce 4 to 5 leaves
2 tomatoes sliced in round shape

To prepare Chicken Burger :

1. You will need to allow the Chicken pattys to thaw for 10 minutes before using. Then shallow fry them on non-stick pan and keep it aside.
2. Cut the burger buns and shallow fry them using oil / butter. But I did it without any oil / butter (If you prefer, you can toast the bread.)
3. Take 2 pieces of buns, apply butter on one side of both the bread slices.
Between the bun slices place Lettuce, Chicken patties, Tomato slices and insert a toothpick.
4. Simple and healthy Chicken burger is ready to serve...... u can serve it as Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or even u can pack it in kids lunchbox.

Tips / Notes:

·        For this recipe instead of Burger buns u can use Whole Meal buns.
·        U can prepare Chicken patties at home. I prefer to use ready patties for fast process.
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Not to use an electric mixer for making Banana Muffins. Use a spoon or whisk just to incorporate all ingredients together without over-stirring. The cake would be turned out really soft. To make this cake more healthy and delicious, I prefer to use wheat flour instead of plain flour.

Ingredients for Banana Muffins :
1 & 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (if butter is salted omit salt)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder  (optional)
3 to 4 large bananas, mashed
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1/2 cup Sour Curd

To prepare Banana Muffins :

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
2. Use paper liners and place in muffin tray.
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 
Cinnamon powder and salt, set aside.
4. Combine bananas, sugar, eggs, Vanilla essence, melted butter and Sour Curdin a large bowl.
5. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
6. Scoop into muffin pans.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes 
or until a tester inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes for five minutes in the tin (taking them out too soon can distort the shape!) before removing them with a knife and setting them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips / Notes:

·        Use the Preheat and baking instructions as per oven user guide.
·        U can add walnut / pecan nut / chocolate chips for this recipe.
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Poha / Atukula / Avalakki / Beaten rice Upma

Poha / Atukula / Avalakki / Beaten Rice Upma is a very easy breakfast dish for a mom who want to spend less time in kitchen to make. This goes for Breakfast , evening snack even dinner sometimes.

Poha /Atukula / Avalakki / Beaten rice are available in three different types:

1. Fine Flakes
2. Medium Flakes
3. Thick Flakes
So for this dish Medium Flakes is the one which goes so perfect.

Ingredients for Poha /Atukula / Avalakki / Beaten rice Upma:

2 cups - Poha /Atukula / Avalakki / Beaten rice
3 tbsp - Olive Oil
1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 tsp - Cumin Seeds
a feast - Peanuts
1 tsp - Bengal gram
1 tsp - Black gram
a stem - Curry leaves
1 -  onion Finely chopped onions
3 no's - Green chilli's
a pinch - Turmeric powder
Salt  : As per taste
2 tbsp - Lime juice
Coriander leaves (Optional)

To prepare Poha /Atukula / Avalakki / Beaten rice Upma:

1. Soak the beaten rice for some time to soften. Drain the water completely and keep it aside.
2. In a kadai put oil then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds,  Peanuts, Bengal gram, Black gram and fry till dal gets golden in colour.
3. Put chopped onions, green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric powder and salt.
4. When onion turns brown colour add the rice flakes to it and cover it with a lid and keep it on low heat for a couple of minutes so that the spices get absorbed to rice flakes.
5. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice to it and mix well. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
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