Chana-chaat

Chana Chaat | How To Make Chana Chaat

Kala Chana or Black Chickpeas are very popular in India not just to make a sabzi but also a popular Indian snack “Chana Chaat.” Unlike other packed meals, it’s healthy, filled with fresh vegetables and have a flavourful taste. The best part about chana chaat is it contains no oil, sugar, any trans-fat or carb but high in protein, fiber. Chana chaat is a healthy option of vegan and gluten free snack.

So, here is the recipe of chana chaat which is very simple to make. All you need is Kala Chana, some fresh veggies, and spices from your masala box. The chana is so versatile that you can create your version of this chaat. Read below to know the ingredients and method to make a healthy chanachaat.

Ingredients for Chana Chaat:
  • Kala Chana or Black Chickpeas 1 cup (soaked overnight)
  • Onion 1 finely chopped
  • Small Mango 1 finely chopped
  • Tomato 1 peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 or 3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 Teaspoon roasted jeera powder
  • 1 Teaspoon amchur powder
  • 2 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper powder
Method to make Chana Chaat:
  • Soak the Kala chana for overnight or about 6 to 8 ours in warm water. Once done, rinse and pressure cook it until the chana is soft.
  • Now, drain the chickpeas and let it come to room temperature. Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients including the chana.
  • Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves and lemon wedges.You can also store it and eat it fresh or hot as per your liking.
  • The best thing about chana chaat is it contain no oil and yet taste good because of the all the spices used in a minimal quantity.
  • Next, when you want to eat light, don’t forget to make this simple chana chaat recipe.
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Benefits of Turmeric Powder

Termed as Curcuma Logna, Turmeric is a most common herb used in Indian cooking. This Queen of Spices has a sharp taste, pepper-like aroma, and has bright yellow colour. The reason why turmeric is used on the global basis is because of the immense health benefits.
Here are some of the Health Benefits of Turmeric:
  • Halt Cancerous Growth: As per the research, turmeric is proven beneficial in preventing and controlling the growth of Prostate Cancer, Leukaemia, Colon Cancer and Breast Cancer cells.
  • Gives Relief in Arthritis: Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also provides relief from mild joint pain caused by inflammation
  • Controls Sugar: If you have diabetes, the best way to control the sugar level is by consuming fresh turmeric on a regular basis. Much pharmaceutical companies are making turmeric based medicines as it has shown positive results in managing Type-2 diabetes.
  • Reduce Cholesterol Formation: To maintain proper cholesterol level, use turmeric in your daily cooking which is proven effective in reducing high cholesterol.
  • Immunity Booster: To build a stronger immune system, one needs to consume turmeric on a regular basis. A compound called lipopolysaccharide stimulate blood cells which develop resistance again common flue, fever, and cold.
  • Boost Regeneration of Cells: Turmeric is anti-oxidant and antibacterial which helps in regeneration of cells in the body. By consuming turmeric, you help your body to heal from the regular wear and tear.
  • Contribute to maintaining Weight: For obese people, consuming turmeric and living an active life can aid them in reducing weight faster. This spice increases the flow of bile from the body which helps in reducing dietary fat from the body.
  • Conclusion:
    By using turmeric in regular cooking, you can keep your body healthy and strong from within. Not only it gives great colour to your dish, but it also adds pepper like flavour to your food.
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Vegetables Cutlets – How to make Vegetable Cutlets

Vegetable Cutlet is a snack item made with mix boiled vegetables. Its great to make veg cutlet during rains and serve them hot with tomato ketchup and green chutney.
Carrot Pulao, onion raita or any simple raita are the best complementary with Vegetable Cutlets.
Ingredients:
  • 3 medium sized aloo chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • ½ cauliflower chopped
  • ½ cup beans
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon green chilly finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp red chilly powder
  • 2 bread slices
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • salt as required
  • oil for frying
Method:
  • Take the chopped potatoes, carrots, beans and cauliflower a pressure cooker and add 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook the veggies cover for 13-15 minutes till all the veggies are cooked.
  • Drain all the veggies and mash them with a spatula. Make a coarse mixture of the veggies.
  • Take 2 slices of bread ( either white or brown bread ). Soak the bread slices in water. Now press them tightly and remove all the water. Add the bread slices to the mashed vegetables. Add the finely chopped onion and green chilly, ginger-garlic paste paste, salt, garam masala powder, red chilly powder and mix everything well.
  • Make medium sized balls of the mixture and flatten them with the palm of your hands and you can give any shape you want.
  • Roll the cutlets on breadcrumbs.
  • After properly coating on breadcrumbs fry them in oil till they are golden brown on both sides.
  • The veg cutlets can also be rolled on roasted semolina or simple semolina. Shallow fry the cutlets in oil till crispy and golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve vegetable cutlets with coriander chutney and sauce or you can also serve veg cutlets with warm bread.
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Keerai Vadai – How to make Keerai Vadai recipe

Keerai vadai also known as spinach vada can be made with either urad dal or channa dal as we do for masala vadai too.
Keerai vadai is a very popular tea time snack in South India. It is prepared with greens and lentils. This healthy and tasty snack can be prepared very easily. We can use any kind of greens, for this recipe. To have the best taste it is recommend to use spinach .
Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cup Chana dal
  • 1/4 cupToor dal
  • 2 cup spinach or any green leafy vegetable
  • a pinch of Hing
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Red chilly
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ Red chilly powder
  • 1 finely chopped Garlic 1
  • 1 cup finely chooped Onion
  • Oil to fry
  • Spyran Salt to taste
Method:
  • Soak the channa dal and toor dal for 2 hours.
  • Drain the water of dals and grind the dal in grinder along with red chilli, salt ,fennel seeds and asafoetida.
  • Grind them coarsely. If you find the paste little dry you can add few spoons of water while grinding.
  • Add chopped onions and finely chopped and cleaned spinach to the grinded batter.
  • Take a portion of batter and flatten this with hands. Normally keerai vadai is slightly bigger than the regular masala vadai.
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying, when it is hot carefully place the vadai in the oil.
  • Flip it after few minutes and cook in a medium flame.
  • Do not keep the flame too high, the inner side will not get cooked.
  • Do not keep it too low also. It will make the vadai soggy.
  • When it turns golden brown colour, drain it on tissue paper.
  • Enjoy hot with a cup of coffee or tea and Kerai Vadai.
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Garlic Bread | How to make Garlic Bread at Home

Garlic bread a soft, light with a good garlic flavor and taste.
Temptingly aromatic, Garlic Bread has the power to increase your appetite, especially when served with a bowlful of hot soup or a pasta! Now, you can make Garlic Bread quickly at home using plain ingredients and buttery herbed garlic spread. Make sure you bake it crisp, as to get the best texture and good aroma as well.
Ingredients:
  • 1 small size garlic
  • 2 cups whole wheat
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tbsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature water as required
  • 5-6 garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tsp finely chopped celery
  • salt and black pepper powder as required
Method:
  • Roast the garlic on stove, grill it or oven it.
  • Peel the garlic once it get cooled and mash the garlic cloves in a mortar-pestle.
  • Warm 1 cup water, add sugar in it and stir sugar in the water.
  • Add the dry active yeast, and stir and keep aside for 10-15 mins.
  • Mix both the whole wheat & all purpose flour, salt in a bowl add the oil, mashed garlic and the yeast mixture.
  • Knead the dough with your hands.
  • Keep the dough in a bowl and cover the bowl with a cloth and leaven bread dough for 2:30 to 3 hours.
  • On a work surface, dust some flour if required punch the dough roll into a log and seam the edges.
  • Place the dough loaf in a greased loaf pan.
  • Cover and keep aside for 45 mins to 1 hour.
  • Bake the bread in a preheated oven for 45-55 mins for 180 degrees C.
  • Remove the bread on a wire rack and let it cool
  • In a bowl take the butter or spread.
  • Beat with a spoon or small wire whisk till the butter or spread has softened.
  • Add the chopped garlic, celery, black pepper and salt.
  • Mix and keep aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Slice the whole bread keeping the base intact.
  • Apply the garlic butter on each slice of the bread on both sides, also on top of the bread.
  • You can sprinkle the top with sesame seeds if you want.
  • Bake the garlic bread in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or till the butter melts.
  • Serve the garlic bread hot or warm.