Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bhalla Chat

Chatpati memories from my teenage ;) The chat center called 'Mathurawasi Chat Center' has came to our city. He broke almost every rule of making chat . No imly chutney / namkin / bhujiya / Tomato / garlic or onion. The next question comes to mind then what is remain in that chat....thankfully he did not ditched aloo :) and that made me fan of his chat at a very first bite...... his Bhalla Chat is out of the world. Still remember that crispiness of tikki till last bite with soft tangy chole..... yummmmm ......boy how much I have been craving for it lately !!!

These three pictures are from his facebook page....

But when you are away from home and still craving high on it what would you do?? just crack your brain & try to replicate the recipe.....right? and what cloud me more joyful then getting perfect one at its very first go :) 

Happy to share with my extended family....this chat / recipe is must try & keep!

For Tikki

2 big boiled potato
1 cup sabudana  - sock it in water for 5-6 hrs
1/2 cup rice flour
2-3 finally chopped green chillies
1/2 cup finally chopped cilantro (or as per taste)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
salt to taste
Ghee or certified butter to shallow fry tikkies

Except ghee mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl 

Make round, flat big tikkies (I made 7 tikkies from dough)

On Skillet or tawa add ghee

Shallow fry tikki

fry it till its light Golden brown 

press it with potato smasher 

And fry it till dark brown and crisp

you may also do multiple tikkies at a time

For Cholle / chickpea

1 1/4 cup dry cholle - sock & pressure cook till soft
1 tbsp of ginger paste
2 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp red chilly powder (or as per taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tb spoon cumin powder
3/4 tsp aamchoor powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp black salt
salt to taste
fresh cilantro

Heat a oil in pan, add ginger paste & saute it for a min

add all dry spices mix well

Add boiled chole & smash it little with smasher (make sure not to smash it completely)


add cilantro, grate some fresh ginger to it & let it boil on low flame for a while

now take a serving plate place a tikki, pour cholle over it & garnish it with pomegranate, cilantro, nuts of your choice (i used cashew), finally chopped ginger & sweet imly chutney (i used khajoor i.e. date & imly chutney) (Chat center use khajoor and aamchoor powder chutney) . As per original recipe you may also use panner to garnish (i was running out of it). dig in while its still hot & crisp.....njoy :)