Friday, November 6, 2009

Katori Chat - Spicy Salad in a Cup

Its been such a long time since I have got the time to post a good recipe. Something or the other keeps happening. Either I forget to take the snaps or procrastinate when to transfer the snaps from my Nikon to my laptop or too lazy to write the post, some party to attend, some party to just gets into you sometimes..doesn't it. Weekend Mayhem!!

How do we manage to squeeze in so much in just two days. One weekend is never enough for all the things that you plan to accomplish. Yet you eagerly wait for it and its gone in a flash and you again wait for the next one.

Anyway this recipe is long pending and many of my friend out there are eagerly waiting for me to upload it. This is called Katori Chat. Katori is nothing but a cup and chat is a spicy salad so this is nothing but a spicy salad in a cup only difference is you can eat the cup too along with your salad :)

Okay!! It does take sometime to make but this will definetely be a head turner if you make it as a starter in any party. Again I learnt this from my MIL and SIL and am thankful for thier unending support in filling this journal "Melting Pot"

You will need:

  • Green Chana or Garbanzo Beans - 1/2 cup

  • Corn -1/2 cup

  • Flour or Maida - 1 cup

  • Oil - 1 tsp and more for frying

  • Salt to taste

  • Water as required

  • Onions -2 Small

  • Green Chilli - 1or 2

  • Corainder Powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Pavbhaji Masala - 1 tsp

  • For the final garnish you will need:

  • Chopped Onions

  • Corainder leaves finely chopped

  • Curd (Thick)

  • Green Chillies

  • Tomatoes finely chopped

  • Imli ki Chutney i.e Meeti Chutney

  • Salt to taste

  • Procedure:

  • Soak Chana for at least 4-5 hrs. Boil the chana and corn. Drain and set aside.

  • Take the Maida, Oil, little salt and water and make a stiff dough.

  • Meanwhile in a wok add oil, onions, Green Chillies and fry for some time.

  • Now add the boiled chana and corn. Add salt, Coriander Powder and pav bhaji masala.

  • Set this masala aside for later use.

  • Take a small portion of the dough and roll it into the size of a poori.

  • Now take a medium katori (Stainless Steel one) and stick the rolled puri on top of the katori.

  • Deep fry this puri along with the katori. Once fried the katori will come out on its own.

  • Be very careful when doing this though.

  • Once you have all the katoris ready you can assemble the chat.

  • To make the chat put the masala into the katori, add chopped onions, tomato, coriander leaves, Green Chillies, imli ki chutney and Dahi. Add some chat masala if needed.

  • Enjoy your Katori Chat and tell me how you liked it!!!
  • Peeta - Momos Indian Style

    In my quest to collect traditional recipes from my MIL I came upon this one recipe that she really loves and used to enjoy as a child. This is a dish that can be made into a breakfast or as a snack.

    It is quite easy to make and gets my vote since this is high on the "health" quotient. It is what I call the Indian equivalent to the chinese momos or wantons.

    Without getting into too much of details here is the recipe.


    • Chana Dal (1/2 cup)

    • Rice Flour (1 cup)

    • Aesofotida or hing (A pinch)

    • Jeera (1/2 tsp)

    • Ginger Garlic Paste (1/2 tsp)

    • Green Chilli (1-2)

    • Salt (to taste)

    • Haldi (1/4 tsp)

    • Dhaniya Powder(1/2 tsp)

    • Corainder leave (2 tsp)


    1. Soak the Dal overnight. If you can not do that soak it at least for 4-5 hrs.

    2. Remove the Dal from water and ensure the water drains out. Grind it into medium fine paste.

    3. Add hing, jeera, ginger- garlic paste, coriander leaves(finely chopped), Green chillies(finely chopped), Salt, Haldi and Dhaniya Powder.

    4. Mix it properly into a paste.

    5. Now take about 2 litres of water and bring it to a boil in a pot.

    6. Meanwhile using a little lukewarm water take the rice flour, salt make a dough.

    7. Make the dough into small balls and roll into small circles about the size of pooris.

    8. Put the paste and fold it into a semicircle and close using water at the ends. And then dip it into the boiling water. Close the lid and let it be on simmer for 5-7 mints.

    9. Once done remove it and drain the water.

    10. Enjoy it with chutney. Recipe follows.


    You will need:

    • Tomato (2 Small)

    • Coriander leaves ( 1/2 bunch)

    • Green Chillies (1-2)

    • Jeera (1/2 tsp)

    • Salt (to taste)

    • Garlic (1-2cloves)

    • Mint Leaves (a few)

    Grind all the above ingredients into a fine paste. Enjoy Peeta with chutney.