Spicy, tangy, lip smacking, street chaats are any Indian women’s first love! But, that love soon fades out when the words “diet”, “weight loss”, “fitness”, etc come into her life ☺
While I am no less a sucker for street chaats, at the same time I am quite conscious about my weight too! So to satisfy both my desires at one shot, I am always on the lookout for healthy chaat recipes that I can rustle up in my kitchen in a jiffy. One such find is this healthy Ragda Chaat recipe that has nutritious patties where calorie laden potatoes are replaced by healthy ingredients like Sabudana (sago) and Chole (chickpeas / kabuli chana). Other parts of the chaat have diet friendly ingredients too like fat burners, immunity busters and sugar replacements which make this chaat a guilt free indulgence for chaat lovers.
How is this Ragda Chaat with Sabudana aur Chole ki Patties healthy?
- Chickpeas have been on my grocery list since day one of my diet. I love them for their high protein content and great binding powers. For me, they work as a potato replacement in every possible dish. Except, French Fries, though!
- Sabudana is the added benefit in this patty, with its good iron and calcium content.
- The sweet chutney which is the game changer for any chaat is also made using tamarind (imli) and dates (khajoor), eliminating the need of adding any form of sugars to keep those unnecessary calories at bay.
- Ragda is made using the humble dried white pea or vatana which is a very good source of protein. Also, the ragda has zero oil in it, making it diet friendly and super healthy.
- Green chutney is prepared with coriander leaves and stalks that help cut body fat to a great extent. It also has raw garlic and green chillies which are fat burners, too!
- Garnish of freshly cut onions and chopped coriander, on the chaat, makes up for a good salad.
- Chaat masala sprinkled over the chaat is a great blend of spices that not only lends a good flavour but also help build up the immune system.
- The only place oil is used in this recipe, is for cooking the patties over the griddle. If you want, that too can be eliminated by roasting them in an oven or on a good quality non-stick pan, but patience is a must here since cooking time increases due to the absence of a cooking medium.
So, I say stop dreaming about chaats and satiate your taste buds right now by whipping up this recipe.
Ragda Chaat with Sabudana aur Chole ki Patties Recipe
For the Sabudana aur Chole Patties
Makes 7 patties
- 1.5 cups boiled Chole / chickpeas
- ¼ cups Sabudana / Sago
- 1/4th teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon Red chilli powder
- Salt as per taste
- Oil for cooking patties
Step 1: Soak sabudana in enough water for about 20 minutes.
Step 2: Meanwhile, mash the chole. It need not be a smooth mixture but mushy enough to form dough.
Step 3: Combine the chole with drained sabudana in a bowl. Mix in the salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
Step 4: Shape the mixture to make patties.
Step 5: Brush patties with little oil, on both sides and cook them on a tawa till the sabudana is cooked. Keep the patties warm for the chaat.
For the Ragda
- 1 cup vatana / dried white peas
- 1/4th teaspoon Red chilli powder
- 1/4th teaspoon Coriander powder
- 1/4th teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
Step 1: Soak vatana (dried peas) in warm water for 1 hour.
Step 2: Later put all the Ragda ingredients in a pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water and cook for about 2 to 4 whistles.
Step 3: Adjust ragda consistency with water as shown in the image. Check for taste.
For the Imli aur Khajoor ki Chutney
- ½ cup Tamarind / Imli, seedless
- 1 cup dates / khajoor
- Grated Jaggery / Gur as required to adjust sweetness
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin / jeera powder
- Red chilli powder as required
- Black salt as required
Step 1: In a heavy bottomed pan, take 2 cups of water. Add in the tamarind and dates and boil till the tamarind is soft and pulpy.
Step 2: Strain the mixture through a soup strainer to remove date seeds and any other tamarind particles.
Step 3: Check for sweetness and add the jaggery accordingly. Check the chutney consistency, if it seems thin then boil for few minutes.
Step 4: Cool the chutney; add roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder and black salt.
Step 5: Transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate or Freeze for further use.
For the Green chutney
- 1 cup loosely packed coriander leaves and stalks
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 green chillies (increase / decrease quantity as per your liking)
- Salt as per taste
Step 1: Wash and grind coriander leaves and stalks with rest of the ingredients, using water, to a smooth paste.
Step 2: Taste chutney for salt and hotness. Adjust accordingly.
For Chaat garnish
- ¼ the cup, freshly chopped onion
- 2 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander leaves
- ½ teaspoon Chaat masala
To assemble the Chaat:
Step 1: Place healthy patties in a serving dish. Make sure they are warm.
Step 2: Generously top with piping hot ragda.
Step 3: Spoon out some imli – khajoor chutney and green chutney over the ragda.
Step 4: Garnish with chopped onion, coriander leaves and generous sprinkle of chaat masala. Serve the chaat immediately.
So this Janmashtami, satisfy all your chatpata cravings without any inhibitions and enjoy #Bindaas.
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