Monday, May 7, 2012

Snack on with healthy and yummy aloo chat

One of my favorite office time snacks and something which all of us agree on all the time is the famously aloo chat. We just love it, so much so that it has become our favorite lunch time option. With colleagues like ours, we are never short of enthusiasm and ingredients to attract more. However, having said this, this special item is solely franchised by one of our colleagues who most diligently selects, gathers, prepares and serves aloo chat ( potato mix) for us. He is our aloo chat wala in suit and tie.
Aloo chat needs several easily available ingredients that have to be picked with love - not everybody's cup of tea. You will need perfectly boiled ( not over cooked) potatoes, squarely chopped tomatoes, finely chopped coriander leaves, fresh lime juice, sprouted chana (soaked overnight) tamarind pulp, salt to taste, bhujia, roasted peanuts, chopped onions and ginger julienne. But the most important of all is the masala that is the USP of this snack. You have to roast coriander, cumin, red chili and aamchur powder on light flame and grind it. Seasoning the aloo chat with the right proportion of the masala needs experience and with time you will develop skills that will help you become the favorite chat wala as well!

These are just the basic ingredients. You can go creative with yogurt, pomegranates, sprouted green dal, grapes, muri (puffed rice) etc. Aloo chat is very healthy with lot of vitamins, energy giving healthy carbs, protein and vitamin C.

Note: I have tried to eat aloo chat at home, even ate it but it's not the same. You need to eat aloo chat with friends, family and loved ones for fun and happy eating experience. However, if you are not privileged you should still eat it just for the simple fact that aloo chat is healthy and is never a burden on the stomach.