Savoury, lip-smackingly delicious, as chaats will be.
Made with a baked, wholewheat cracker base and topped with boiled potatoes, yoghurt,
tangy and sweet chutneys, this is a conveniently portable take on the much-loved
famous street food - the 'dahi-papdi chaat'.
- Wholewheat Tarts for the base: 10-12 pieces (recipe here)
- Potatoes: 5-6 large, Boiled, Peeled and Sliced
- Fresh, plain yoghurt (thick, not sour, preferably home-made): 1 or 1 1/2 cup (as required)
- Sonth or Red chutney (Sweet-sour-spicy, made with tamarind and jaggery): 1/2 cup
- Fresh Pudina (Mint) Green chutney: 1/2 cup
- Fresh, finely chopped coriander/dhaniya patta/cilantro leaves: 1/4 cup
- Fresh, finely chopped, spicy green chillies: 2-3 nos (Optional; only if you like it very hot!)
- Boiled Chickpeas: 1/2 cup White (Kabuli chana), or local black or green. (Optional)
- Sprouted moong or any other sprouts of choice: 1/2 cup (Optional, recommended)
- Other toppings like roasted pumpkin seeds, chironji, raisins, etc.: 1/4 cup each as desired (All Optional)
- Salt: to taste
- Black Salt/Kala Namak: to taste
- Roasted Cumin (Bhuna Jeera) powder: to taste
- Paprika/Red Chilly powder: to taste
- Chat Masala: to taste (Home-made version, or commercial, - sold as such. Organic brands are available)
Or else, keep handy in small bowls to pinch and sprinkle-on the required amount during 'assembly'.
|Mise en Place.|
Have all the ingredients prepped and ready at hand.
Make the tart bases as per the recipe (given here).
First place some boiled, sliced potato pieces onto a tart base.
Then top this up with some thick yoghurt. (In the picture I have used partially drained (hung) curds, not completely dried out, - some moisture is required in this chaat - but enough to be piped.)
Next, add the two chutneys according to desired taste. The red chutney increases the overall 'sweet' and sour quotient, while the green chutney adds fresh, fiery, tanginess.
Finally, sprinkle on the desired toppings in the required quantities.
|More green chutney, or red. Less chilly-powder, more potatoes, still more yoghurt. It can all be customised to individual preferences.|
Here are my initial, trial version chaat-tarts. Very basic. But heartily approved.
The final version is not too different.
The chaat-tarts can be custom-made to suit individual preferences, increasing or decreasing the spice levels, the blandness quotient, or with additional toppings and potatoes on the side for those who wish.