Some ideas for a delicious way to break the fast.

Chaat is both popular and easily accessible. It is found at every market, street corner and crossing in India and can also be made at home without the high calories. An Iftar of chaat can be a lip smacking affair and a healthy choice.

Baked pakoda

Ingredients

Onions 2 (medium sized)

Torai 2

Brinjal 1 (small)

Green chilly 3-4

Potato 1 (optional)

Besan 2 tbsp

Ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp

Fresh coriander leaves, a handful

Oil 2-3 tsp.

Salt and chilli powder to taste

Method: Slice vegetables thin and add all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly till the mixture is moist and crumbly but not sticky. Arrange the vegetables separately on a greased microwave tray or make balls of the mixture. Bake in a microwave oven in the combi (180°C) or grill mode for about 20 minutes, turning every five minutes. They can also be grilled in an ordinary oven but need to be turned frequently. Remove when brown and crispy and serve.

Baked papdi

Ingredients

Semolina (rava) 1 cup

Refined flour (maida) 1/4 cup

Oil 1 tbsp

Ajwain and salt to taste

Method: Knead all ingredients together into firm pliable dough. A little milk may be added if the mixture is to dry. Divide into four balls and then roll out each ball thinly. Using a cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Place the rounds on a greased microwave tray. Bake for about 15 minutes at 180°C or till crisp.

Low cal channa

Ingredients

Black channa or chick peas (soaked overnight and boiled)

Onion 1 (medium sized)

Green chilli 2-3

Chaat or channa masala 1 tsp

Fresh coriander and mint leaves

Salt and chilli powder to taste

Ghee or oil 1 tsp (optional)

Method: Put channa in a pan and add a cup of water. Add other ingredients except coriander and mint leaves and boil. Crush channa with a heavy spoon. When other ingredients blend into the channa and the water dries out, remove from heat and serve garnished with coriander and mint leaves. (The channa can be substituted with steamed green peas).

Baked sabudana tikki

Ingredients

Potatoes (boiled and peeled) 2

Sabudana 1/4 cup

Whole wheat bread 2 slices

Green chillies- 3-4

Coriander and mint leaves 2 tbsp (chopped)

Salt to taste

For Coating

Refined flour 1/2 cup

Corn flour 1 cup

Oil 1-2 tsp

Method: Soak sabudana for 20 min. in a cup of warm water. Mash potatoes, bread and sabudana together and knead into a firm dough. More bread may be added to make dough firm. Next add chillies, coriander, mint and salt. Shape into tikkis. Make a thick paste of refined flour and corn flour. Coat the tikkis with this paste and brush with oil. Bake or grill for about 15 minutes till the tikkis are brown and crisp.

Steamed Dahi Bada

Ingredients

Urad Dal 1 cup (soaked overnight)

Coconut shavings 1 tbsp

Currants 1 tbsp.

Salt to taste

Fresh curd 2 cups (whipped)

Red chilli powder 1/4 tsp

Roasted cumin seed powder 1/2 tsp

Chaat masala 1/2 tsps.

Salt or sugar to taste.

Method: Grind urad dal in a mixie. Add currants, coconut and salt to the mixture. The mixture should be thick. Pour small portions of the mixture into idli moulds and steam in a pressure cooker (20 min.) or in a microwave oven at 180°C (four minutes).

Dip the steamed rounds in cold water and squeeze gently to soften them. Then drop them in whipped curds which have been flavoured with red chilli powder, cumin seed powder and chaat masala.

Spicy Coriander Mint Chutney

Ingredients

Fresh coriander leaves 1 bunch

Fresh mint leaves 1 bunch

Green chillies 4-5

Amchoor powder 1 tsp.

Salt to taste

Method: Grind all ingredients into a thick paste. Serve chaat with this chutney.

The writer is an Associate Professor, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University.

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