- Submitted by Dahlia on 23rd Sep 2010
(Bread Chat, Chaat With Leftover Bread)
Whenever I visit my parent house for a holiday, I take a total sabbatical of all my usual chores and utilize the full holiday for myself. My children will be totally pampered and managed by my parents and brother. I allow my parents and kids completely handle each other, have fun with each other and enjoy each other’s company to the fullest.
In the recent summer vacation, one day I and my mother wanted to do some street shopping (both of us just love to do that in the pondy bazaar of Chennai!!). Both kids were left in the custody of their mama (My brother). My mother made some whole green gram sundal for them as the evening snack and some chocolate milk to drink. Both kids were super happy and wanted to make the best of this time. After we left, they watched jungle book together, played some video games and some cricket at home. When they were hungry they became fussy about eating the sundal and wanted to eat something else. And guess what??? My brother for the very first time went to the kitchen to cook something for my kids. When I heard all this from my kids I was pleasantly surprised. I then asked my brother the yummy recipe which my kids loved so much and was singing praise continuously. I then learnt that he utilized the sundal, some left over bread slices and the chutneys from fridge to make a yummy and a mouth watering chaat. No wonder my kids went gaga about it. I felt very touched about the affection he has and also felt very proud and gifted.
Here is the simple and tasty bread chaat recipe, a signature dish of my brother. Enjoy and relish it completely. Cheers!!
Recipe for Bread Chaat
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Bread pieces (1 " cubes) - as needed (You can use any variety of bread)
- Peas - 1/2 cup (You can use white peas, chickpeas, black channa, green peas or yellow peas)
- Pomegranate pearls - 1/4 cup
- Yogurt (Curd) - 1/2 cup
- Tamarind Chutney - as needed
- Green Chutney - as needed
- Roasted Cumin Powder - to sprinkle (app. 1/2 tsp)
- Red Chilly Powder - to sprinkle (app. 1/4 tsp)
- Chaat masala - to sprinkle (app. 1/2 tsp)
- Boiled Potato - 1 (chopped)
- Onions - handful (finely chopped)
- Tomato - handful (chopped)
- Cilantro - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
- Sev and / or Bhoondhi - 1/2 cup
- Pressure cook the peas with some turmeric powder, salt, chilly powder, garam masala and some tamarind juice. You can also cook this using a slow cooker or using a normal vessel on stove top. You need soft peas along with a semi thick gravy. This gravy is called Ragda and can be used over potato pattice, samosa chaat, with batura etc.
- The bread pieces should be crispy for the chaat to taste good. So put the pieces in the oven or toast the bread before making the chaat. You could also use old bread or store bought croutons to make this chaat. I have made this with french bread and sandwich bread. You can also use any other variety.
- Chop the onions, tomatoes, cilantro and potato and keep it ready. Chop the pomegranate and remove the pearls.
- Beat the yogurt with little salt and little sugar.
- Prepare the green chutney and tamarind chutney.
Arrange few pieces of bread in a serving dish.
- Pour some boiled peas along with the gravy (ragda) over the top.
- Top it with some boiled potato cubes chopped onions, tomatoes and cilantro.
- Pour little tamarind chutney and green chutney.
- Pour the beaten yogurt over that. Also add some pomegranate pearls.
- Sprinkle some red chili powder, cumin powder and chaat masala over the yogurt.
- Finally sprinkle sev and/or boondhi on top and serve immediately.
Serving Bread Chaat.
Serve this bread chaat as an appetizer or as an evening snack. Of course, you could also have as a light dinner.
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