September 24, 2013

Tomato Slice Chaat | Bangalore Street Food, and many memories too :-))

Street food has its own charm, and eons of bits and bytes (and books in the pre-internet era) have been and will be devoted to the nuances and simple happiness that descends upon us when we gorge (not eat) street food - the sweetness of the dates chutney, the fiery chilly paste, the crunch of the sev and farsaan, and the entire experience accumulated in one single bite - heaven come indeed...I can probably live off Bhel Puri, Pani Puri, Sev Puri and Dahi batata puri not to forget Pav Bhaji & Ragda Patties and other street food for the rest of my life, if only someone else takes care of the calories :D Now, thats a tall order, aint it ?

Well, today's post has all these flavours and more.. Plus its totally oil free (read guilt free) and comes with many memories attached. {PS: I sometimes wonder when I sit down to write down about food experiences and rake up nostalgia in so much volume if I have grown that old for my memoirs.. :-)) Memoirs, surely not this soon, but memories do linger on....)  I clearly remember when I had this - and where. 

Close to my place in Bangalore - perhaps about 4 km away - during our weekend walks, dad and me had been eyeing  this vendor setting up his stall after dusk, under the huge shade of almost a decade-old Gulmohar tree. With just a flickering oil lamp for company, his wares would be sold out in 2 hours flat. And then the wait for the next day's treat commenced. Whenever we passed this way, the true-blue foodies of the family - dad and me (and we were thick as thieves to sample any street food, as long as it was healthy) used to wish to stop and have a bite.

Well, we did, and didnt stop at one. We ate, and ate, and ate like this was the last meal of our lives, and then stopped counting ... the vendor sold just this Chaat and i think Bhel (churumuri in local lingo), so his repertoire was limited, but his customers werent. We swarmed like flies on a honey stick around the gaadi (street cart) and ate to our heart's content . I have had this chaat many times since then at Bangalore, even then the taste of that first bite lingers on...

Do me a favour, go ahead and make yourself a batch, I bet you wont stop at one.. Or two. Or three... :-)) Sending this to BM # 32 under Alphabet T




Prep time : 15 mins | No cook, just assemble :-)) | Makes : As much as you can eat 

Notes : 

1) As with most chaats, there is no proportion of ingredients. Its mostly a bit of that, a less of this, a more of something else. So I have jsut listed down the ingredients, with no specific quantity.. So, do check out what suits your palate. 
2) Only thing that matters is you need to have really ripe but firm tomatoes and crsipy sev and fresh Murumura for that crunch... Whew ! my stomach is already craving for this :-)))))))
3) Optional addons are roasted peanuts, fried channa dal, raw minced onions


Ingredients:
  • Fully ripe but firm Tomatoes (Bangalore variety with thickish skin) - 6
  • Murmura (puffed rice) - about 4 cups
  • Green chutney - as reqd
  • Dates - Tamarind chutney - as reqd
  • Carrots grated
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper powder 
  • Red chilli powder
  • Coriander leaves
  • Sev / ompudi 


Method:
Wash and wipe the tomatoes well. With a serrated knife, cut thick slices of the tomato and place directly on the serving plate (the vendor used to serve it on dried leaves placed on a newspaper, and it made that so much special). Sprinkle salt, red chilli powder and pepper powder to taste. 
Top it with as much sweet and chilly chutneys as you wish (Brush the tops of the cut slices with the chutneys to ensure equal spreading) . 
Finally, finish with grated carrots, and murmura., ompudi / sev , coriander leaves and serve immediately.


20 comments:

  1. Yummilicious....Luks colourful n healthy one...:)

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  2. this use to my Favorited when i was in india and i use to eat when ever i pass by.. Miss those days.. very inviting..

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  3. wow great way to serve chat!! but does it not get soggy with the tomatoes and how does it hold shape?

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  4. Omg,never had a chance to taste this tomato slice chaat, sounds easy and delicious.

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  5. I always eat raw tomatoes with some salt but next time I will make this tangy chaat and amaze my family..

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  6. Wow that's very nice Kalyani...never had a chance to taste this..will surely make it myself now..

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  7. omg wat an fabulous and easy chat :) looks so delicous and yummy dear !!

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  8. a truly healthy chaat...no need to feel any guilt

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  9. indeed guilt free, this has novelty attached to it, and good way to get good things inside you :)

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  10. I cant stand raw tomatoes but the husband feasts of this one for sure. :)

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  11. I thought I commented here already! Anyways looks so delicious and would love to try this sometime.Loved reading your post Kalyani...

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  12. looks delicious and yummy.

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  13. Delicious.. love the use of tomatoes as canape..

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  14. look delicious..never tasted this though!

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  15. I wonder how i missed this being in karnataka for such a long time...looks absolutely delicious

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  16. That tomato chaat looks so addictive and delicious.

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  17. My bookmark list has grown big by one more post! great, but easy to put together chaat..

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  18. OMG! I am drooling here. Thanks that's agreat way to get tomatoes in my younger kid.

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  19. Looks very nice and colourful. Haven't heard of this chaat.

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Cheers
Kalyani

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