there are some times when you feel so dull and low that you dunno what to do, having been a foodie all my life i know that food uplifts your mood like anything , but the problem is when you don't want to go out n at the same time you don't want to do any elaborate preparations..........it was such a day for me when i wanted an evening snack which uplifts the mood like the chats of the streets of delhi or banaras.............while going on a stroll in the evening n having those golgappas or papdi chat is the ultimate tangy experience.............sometimes i have to recreate it at home since both of us cannot afford to go together for a stroll.
okay.....so i had to make the chat experience healthy too, so i soaked the dry green peas n started thinking how papdi can be fat free............even thinking about such innovations is quite good for me as i always need a creative surge in my system to come out of the pain.........and the result was so awesome that i thought i could do it more often........
i made some extra papdis to make the regular papdi chat some other day but arvind couldn't resist eating all of them......dinner plans cancelled, this evening snack left no room for dinner for both of us........read on.
ingredients for ghugni
dried green peas 1 cup soaked for 2 hrs in hot water or soaked overnight
red ripe tomato 1 , chopped
ginger 1/2 inch piece
green chillies 3 nos.
coriander leaves 1/2 cup, chopped
salt to taste
ingredients for papdi
whole wheat flour 1/2 cup
salt 1/2 tsp
ajwain seeds 1/2 tsp
oil 1 tsp , just to help rolling the papdi
in a pressure cooker put in the soaked peas and salt with a cup of water and cook till 2 whisles.
make a paste of the other ingredients and mix with the boiled peas as soon as you open the lid of the pressure cooker, mix well n it is ready.sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves for visual appeal, finely chopped red onions also taste good with it.
for papdi knead the flour withwater to make a hard dough, pinch off small balls from the dough and roll 1 inch diameter roudels using a li'l oil ,pierce with a folk to avoid fluffing of the papdis, spread on a baking sheet or a ceramic plate and bake in preheated oven (i used grill option in my microwave) till golden brown.
it is now ready to be served.
assemble the papdis by pouring a spoonful of ghugni over each papdi and a dash of sonth chutny over that. i did a sprinkling of haldiram aaloo bhujia too, we just could not resist finishing all of it..........yumm.......
to make sonth chutny, just cook tamarind pulp with a equal amount of gur or jaggery in the microwave and add a dash of red chilly powder, garam masala powder, sonth powder n li'l salt while still hot , mix well n serve. it can be made in large quantities n preserved in the fridge for months, i used it from my fridge.