Know What You Eat:Black chickpea is good source of protein, iron, & magnesium-for its cardiovascular benefits. This dish is made with other root vegetables, like beet root, carrot along with black chickpea to enhance the iron intake for women who are more at a risk of iron deficiency.
Chana Chaat: This instant & very easy chaat can be found on the streets of Mumbai, can be made jain/non-jain too..This guilt free anytime snack is absolutely delicious with all the tongue-tickling flavours you find in it..not to forget the nutritional benefits you get from black chickpea & veggies, with less or no oil. Always enjoy when its made fresh & hot.
2 C Black chickpea / kala chana soaked overnight & boiled
4 C Raw Veggies, peeled & shredded ( I used cabbage,scallions,carrot, beetroot, tomato)
1 C Cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp Chaat Masala *
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 Tbsp Canola / Olive Oil (eliminate oil & butter, if you want the dish fat-free)
1/2 tsp butter
2 medium sized green chilli, finely chopped
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt to taste
1.. In a wok, heat oil & butter together, now add chopped green chili, as soon as they are done add black chickpea, all the veggies, chaat masala,chillipowder, garam masala, salt & cilantro.
2.. Mix is well, and serve hot instantly.
1. For kids you can also add shredded cheese of your choice, and eliminate green chillies.
2. This dish is prepared, when you are almost ready to eat, as the veggies are just stir fried on high flame..it should remain slightly raw when you consume to feel the crunchiness required in this dish. It can made separately per individual taste too, adding more or less spices or veggies..Just taste excellent..any time guilt free snack.
* Chaat Masala: Its a mixture of dry mango, black salt, cumin, salt, dried cilantro seeds, chilli, black pepper, ginger..all made into fine powder.
* Garam Masala:Garam masala means "warm or hot spice mixture", and that is exactly what this traditional Indian spice blend imparts to Indian dishes. For homemade garam masala, mix together 1/2 tsp ground cumin,1/2 tsp ground coriander,1/2 tsp ground pepper,1/2 tsp ground cardamom,1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves. Toast the ground spices before using. (Makes: 1 Tbsp)