One of my favorite chaat is Bhel Puri. The best ones I’ve found are sold by street vendors at their stalls. It is a very famous push cart food in India. It is similar in style to America’s food trucks. Bhel has been very famous in the Gujarati community for centuries. It is eaten as a snack, sometimes as an appetizer and sometimes as a main meal. In any form, Bhel is always appreciated by any guest and host, too. It is a medley with an array of flavors to tantalize the taste buds including sweet, sour, crunch and rich aromas.
Cooking Time: Varies
Assembly Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Vegan
For Jain Recipe: Omit potatoes & onion & add cubed apple and/or cucumber
|1/2||lb.||Mamara (rice krisipes) available at Indian store|
|(Bhel mixture is readily available at Indian stores)|
|1/4||lb.||Thin Sev (crunchy noodles available in Indian store)|
|Green Sauces (also ready-made available)|
|Few||Cilantro Leaves, chopped|
|Lemon Wedges, optional|
|1||Small||Raw Mango, cubed|
- Mix all the ingredients very well.
- Garnish with thin sev, cilantro and onions.
This Week’s Healthy Tip
Popular North Indian Chaats (Snacks) & Their Health Benefits
Aloo Chaat: Crisp brown deep fried potato pieces served with, chaat masala and a mixture of sweet and tangy chutney. Potatoes are healthy, but deep frying them makes them unhealthy. So, clearly this chaat is not something you can indulge in, when you’re trying to watch your weight. If you want to make it healthier, you can pan fry or bake the potatoes with less oil, but it still doesn’t make aloo chat healthy . So follow the golden rule ‘mind the portion size’ while eating aloo chaat.
Calories: Approximately 200-250 calories (based on serving size)
Yes, the shell is fried, but the filling is mostly healthy, so this one is on our approved list of chats.
Calories: 150-180 calories for 4-5 medium sizes pieces.
Calories: Approximately 300 calories for a medium size serving.