FlavourBasket would ultimately need a signature recipe with an item depicting the basket with a lot of flavours in it. How about some flavours with potatoes in it? Sounds the first option, right? Potato is the first vegetable that comes to mind when you think about any chaat recipe that could be a good menu item for any street food item. With due respect to Potato, lets make a twist to the item we are going to make today; not that we will be ignoring the master vegetable in our try to make a mouth watering recipe for that evening time with a nice cup of tea, here is a look at kala chana tokri chaat!!
Preparation Time: 20min
Cooking Time: 20min
Makes: 4 servings as per the size of the basket
For Filling For Basket
Black chickpeas (Kala Chana) : 1 cup soaked & cooked Refined Flour : 2 cup
Chopped and Boiled Potatoes : 1/2 cup Refined Oil : 2 tbs
Chopped Onions : 1/2 cup Carom Seeds : 1 tbs
Chopped Tomato : 1/2 cup Salt : To your taste
Yogurt : 1/2 cup
Red Chili Powder : 1/2 cup
Tamarind Chutney : 1/2 cup
Salt : To your taste
In a hot pan add oil.
Add cumin seeds,fennel seeds and asafoetida powder.
Add cooked black chickpeas(Kala Chana) and mix well.
Add garam masala powder,chaat masala powder,red chili powder and salt.
Mix well and cook for another 2-3 mins and let it cool.
Sieve the flour, salt and carom seeds in a bowl, add 2 tbs of oil and rub between your palms until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add just enough water to the flour mixture and knead into a hard dough.
Keep aside and cover it.
Divide the dough into equal balls and roll out the balls in circles, 2 circles for 1 basket.
Cut the strips of the circles like ribbons using knife or pizza cutter.
To start weaving pattern,start with the first strip and pull it back then pull 3rd strip back and then 5th strip back and so on.
Fold the strips over on themselves.
Lay down a strip of another circle there.Lay back the alternating pulled strips.
Now pull 2nd strip back and then 4th and 6th and so on to finally fold them back over.
Repeat these steps until you reach the end. It may seem tedious, but it goes really fast once you get going.
Now cut the basket weave using cutter or a bowl in the shape of a circle.
Place the basket weave in a metal tea strainer and top with a second strainer.
Hold firmly and deep fry in oil on a medium flame till the basket is golden brown. Remove the strainer from the oil, invert it and tap lightly to unmould the basket.
Assemble one basketin a plate and top with the black chickpeas filling.
Drizzle some yogurt(mix little bit of salt and red chili powder in it) and tamarind chutney on top.
Garnish with chopped onion,chopped tomato,chopped boiled potato and chopped green chili and serve.
Once more here is the video for the recipe, just to make that easier for the steps :). Enjoy!!