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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jhaal Muri | How to Make Jhaal Muri from scratch | Street Food Recipes

Jhaal Muri

Jhaal Muri is another popular street food from the state of Bengal. It is a light snack and is quite healthy too. ‘Jhaal’ in Bengali means ‘spicy’ and ‘muri is puffed rice – and it translates to spicy puffed rice. In the streets of Kolkata, the street vendors prepare them instantly and serve them in newspaper cones. With chopped onion, tomato, boiled potatoes, peanuts, sev bhujia, mustard oil and a blend of spices, it is a delightful snack to munch on. Using mustard oil is a must, as it imparts the dish its characteristic taste. While it might look somewhat similar to Bhel Puri, it’s taste is altogether different.

In all the years I have lived in Pune, I have realized that Pune doesn’t have a true winter. Here we have slightly chilly mornings and evenings, but the afternoons are pretty hot. Compared to the winters I have seen growing up in Assam and Rajasthan, winters here are actually nothing. However, the weather in Pune today is cold and chilly, thanks to the cyclone Ockhi which is influencing the weather in the south and west of India to a large extent, and will continue to do the same for a couple of more days. So, today it made perfect sense to indulge in an afternoon cup of tea and I enjoyed it with a paper cone full of jhaal muri.

Looking for more street food options, check out the recipe for

onion bhaji.

Let's learn how to make jhaal muri from scratch now

Ingredients:

4 cups puffed rice
1 medium onion chopped
1 large potato, boiled and diced
1 small tomato, deseeded chopped
1 tsp minced green chilli
4 tbsp roasted peanuts
¼ cup bhujia sev
2 tablespoons mustard oil
A dash of lemon juice
1 tbsp jhaal muri masala
Handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped


For jhaal muri masala:
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp black salt
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp chaat masala


Method:

1.      Mix all the ingredients listed for the jhaal muri masala and store in an airtight container. Use as needed.
2.      Add mustard oil and prepared jhaal muri masala in a large bowl. Add puffed rice, chopped onion, tomato, potato, green chillies, peanuts, coriander leaves, bhujia sev, and toss to mix well. Check the seasoning and adjust as needed.
3.      Right before serving add a dash of lemon juice and toss again to mix well. Serve immediately with a cup of tea.


Note:

1.      This snack must be made right before serving, else the puffed rice will become soggy. If making for a get-together you can do the prep work before hand and mix it when you are ready to serve.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Ghugni Chaat | How to Make Ghugni from Scratch | Recipe




Ghugni Chaat

Ghugni Chaat is one of the most loved street foods from the lanes of Kolkata. And contrary to the popular belief about street foods, it is quite a healthy protein packed dish to indulge in. Try any area in Kolkata that is famous for its street food, you are bound to find a conspicuous vendor selling Ghugni.

In simple words, ghugni is a spicy curry made from dried white peas (that has been soaked for at least 6 hours or overnight) topped with chopped onions, tamarind chutney, a handful of coriander leaves and a specially roasted masala. Ghugni is to Kolkata what chole chaat is to Delhi. It is one of those dishes I make when I am running out of veggies in my pantry. With just a few ingredients, you can have a hearty and tummy satisfying meal.

When I was in school, there was a vendor who could come to our school park to sell ghugni during lunch breaks. From what I remember, there used to be a huge crowd surrounding his cart – all enjoying a plate of hot ghugni chaat. Back then I was quite averse to street foods since I was not sure what kind of hygiene standards they maintained. So, I never bought a plate of ghugni from him. Although today I enjoy having street food from street vendors, I am still very choosy. Well, that’s just me. These days whenever I crave street food, I end up making it at home.

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How to make ghugni chaat from scratch:

Ingredients:
1 cup dried yellow peas
1 large onion, chopped
2 tsp ginger-chilli paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp cumin powder
2 medium tomatoes blanched and pureed.
1 large boiled potato, boiled, peeled, and mashed roughly.
A pinch of hing
1 tbsp oil
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste

To serve:
Chopped onion
Chopped fresh coriander
Lemon slices
Specially roasted masala (bhaja masala)

In order to prepare the roasted masala, take 2 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp coriander seeds and 2 whole red chillies. Dry roast it in a pan over medium heat till they change colour. Grind it into a coarse powder in a pestle and mortar. Add 1 tsp of black salt and mix. Store it in an airtight container and use as needed.

Method:

1.       Wash the dried yellow peas and soak them in fresh water for 6 hours or overnight.
2.       In order to cook the peas, add the drained yellow peas to a pressure cooker and water such that the peas are covered in water. Add ½ tsp salt and cook it on high until one whistle. Wait till the pressure is released and open the cooker.
3.       Heat a Kadhai, add oil and when it is heated add hing and cumin seeds. Will the cumin seeds splutter, add ginger-chilli paste, garlic paste and stir. After a few seconds add the chopped onions and a pinch of salt. Cook till the onions are translucent. It will take about 3-4 minutes.
4.       Now add the tomato puree and stir. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and stir again. Cook till the tomato puree leaves oil in the sides.
5.       Now add the cooked peas and mashed potato. Give it a good stir. Check the spices. Add more if necessary. Bring it to a boil and then cover and lower the heat. Cook for about 5 minutes. When done turn off the heat.
6.       To serve, add the ghugni to a deep plate. Top it with a dash of lemon juice, tamarind chutney, chopped onion, chopped coriander, and the specially prepared roasted spice mix. Serve it hot.


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