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Monday, May 23, 2011

"Chatpata Chaat"- Corn Bhel / Corn Chaat

'Chaat' is my all time favorite! I can have chaat for breakfast,lunch or dinner....what is there not to like???...Sweet-tangy-spicy chutneys, all sorts of textures- crunchy, crispy, soft, all comes together to give us this mouthwatering delicious 'Chaat'. And there has been so much variety in the 'Chaat' that you can create chaat from almost anything!!!! Ok let me try to name all the chaats: There is Bhel, Bhel Poori, Pani poori, Sev Poori, Sev Batata Dahi poori, Radga Poori, Ragda pattice, Aloo Tikki, Chana Chaat, Papdi chaat, Samosa chaat, Basket Chaat, Tostitos chaat,Lucknowi chaat, Mexican chaat and Corn Chaat ufff...did I name them all?? I am sure there must be a zillion more that I  forgot to mention or don't know about!!

A) Sauteed Corn: 

2 cups frozen and thawed/ fresh corn kernels
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1/2tsp Garam masala
1tsp red chili powder
2tsp Oil
1) Heat oil, add mustard, cumin.Let it crackle.Add the corn kernels,salt, masala, chili powder.Mix.

To make Chaat:
B) Sweet Tangy Spicy Tamarind and Jaggery Chutney:
1 tbsp Tamarind extract
1/4 cup grated jaggery
1/2tsp cumin-corainder powder
1/2tsp chili powder
1/4tsp chaat masala
1/2cup water
Mix everything in the water and make Tangy-sweet- spicy chutney.This chutney is pretty watery.

For extra spice:
Crush green chilies and garlic together into fine paste. Add to bhel as needed.

C) Toppings

1) 1/2 cup finely chopped Onion and tomatoes
2) 1/2cup 'Farsan'/ Hot mix
3) 1/4cup Fine sev
4) chopped cilantro

D) Mix together sauteed corn, tamarind-jaggery chutney and all the toppings.
Add more chili powder for a spicier taste.

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