Got cravings for street style chaat? Here is the perfect recipe for you to get the street style flavors at home! With green peas as the main ingredient, it is also a healthy recipe for snack on day-15 of the No Veggies, 21-Day Lockdown Series.
I had some frozen sweet corn lying around and I thought I would do something with that. But then, only when I started measuring the corn I realized that I had less the half cup of it. So, the next thing that came to my mind was, why not replace sweet corn with fresh green peas? When I measured it, even that was not sufficient for me to do the recipe. So then, another idea hit me. Why not try doing it with dried green peas. Thank god, I finally found a way to do today’s recipe. Although, it did take a lot of time because I had to soak it for 6 hours, atleast!
You would be shocked to hear the wonder those small fellows do to your health. They are high in fibre and this helps in maintaining a good digestive health. Also, they are low in calories and high on protein. Because of these three reasons they help you shed weight quickly. They are also rich in some vitamins and antioxidants. So, the next time to prepare something, don’t forget to throw in some peas too!
Anyways, apart from all these reasons, they taste good too! I love peas. If there are green peas included in any dish then I would fish out the green peas alone and eat it! Anyone hear like me? Raise your hands please! (Oh no! please don’t tell me that am alone in this!
Since I wanted to do something with sweet corn initially, I planned to do crispy corn salad, because my husband loves it. (Also because it is a great snack and I love it too!) And because of the unavailability I had to shift to green peas and then I thought of trying the same recipe with peas instead. This snack turned out great with the tangy street style chaat flavors. As we are adding lemon juice and onions to fried peas, remember to consume it immediately.
This recipe is a great option to include something healthy in your diet in the form of something we all love… CHAAT! So, enjoy this with your entire family in the evening with a hot cup of coffee or tea by the side. Stay safe, stay healthy! Happy cooking and eating!
Crispy Peas Chaat
- 1 cup dried peas, green
- 2 tbsp corn flour
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala
- 1/4 tsp amchur powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin powder
- handful of chopped mint leaves
- handful of chopped coriander leaves
- salt, as per taste
- lemon juice, as per taste
- Wash and soak the dried peas in enough water for 6-7 hours or overnight.
- Drain the water and transfer the soaked peas to a pressure cooker or a pan with enough water. Par-boil the peas until 90% cooked.
- Strain the par-boiled peas using a strainer and then add corn flour to it. Coat the peas evenly with the corn flour.
- Heat oil in a kadai to deep fry the peas.
- When the oil is hot add the peas in batches and fry them for 3-4 minutes on medium-high heat.
- Strain the fried green peas using a strainer to remove the excess oil.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, add the chopped onions, coriander leaves, mint leaves, salt as required and all the spice powders. Mix it well.
- Add the fried green peas after straining the excess oil. Toss it with the rest of the ingredients in the bowl. Squeeze some lemon juice and toss the peas again.
- Serve immediately.
- Instead of dry peas, fresh or frozen peas can also be used.
- If using dry peas, ensure that it is soaked for a minimum of 6 hours atleast.
- Do not boil the peas fully. Par-boil it until 90% cooked.
- Do not crowd the pan while frying the peas. Fry them in batches.
- Strain the oil from the fried peas before mixing it or else the chaat will become oily.
- Consume immediately after mixing or else the moisture kin onion and lemon will make the green peas chewy.
- Lemon juice and all the spice powders can be added to taste