Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lucknowi Chaat

When Lavi announced RCI - Lucknow, I knew what I was making. I recently made this Lucknowi chaat from Suvir Saran's wonderful book - Indian Home Cooking. I have tweaked the recipe to suit our low fat lifestyle. This Lucknowi chaat reminded me of Dahi puri or Dahi batata puri of Mumbai. But chaat whether it is from Lucknow or Mumbai, is always a hit, right?


Lucknowi Chaat
Recipe inspired by Suvir Saran's Indian Home Cooking

For potato-beans mixture
2 potatoes, boiled, peeled, chopped
1 can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1 green chili, chopped
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp chaat masala
salt to taste

For Puris
12 small multi-grain pita breads
cooking spray
salt to taste
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder

For yogurt
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste

You will also need,
1 recipe multipurpose chaat chutney
1 recipe green chutney
1 recipe sweet-sour chutney
1 recipe red chutney

2 tbsp chopped cilantro
A generous pinch of chaat masala
A generous pinch of chili powder

1. Arrange small pita breads on a baking tray. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray cooking oil on the pita breads. Sprinkle salt, chili powder and cumin powder. Bake for about 12 minutes. This step is inspired by Cooking Light's version of spicy baked pita breads. Take out toasted pita breads and let them cool down.
2. In a plate, arrange pita chips. Add potato-beans mixture on top.
3. Drizzle chutneys on top.
4. Add yogurt mixture on top.
5. Again drizzle chutneys as needed.
6. Sprinkle chaat masala, chili powder and chopped cilantro.
7. Serve immediately.

Note -
1. The recipe calls for deep-fried tortilla chips. You can also use puris if you like.

Suvir Saran
Cooking Light, Nov 2008

This post is my contribution to RCI : Lucknow at Lavi'sHomecook Recipes.
RCI event is started by Lakshmi of VeggieCuisine.


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