Cooking Carnival | A Quick Recap

Before getting into Navratri spree, let me share the quick recap of the Cooking Carnival Mega Marathon. As you all know, I picked one category – Starter/Appetizer/Chaat and posted 26 recipes falling under that same category. Being a savory lover, I can’t deny the fact that chaats are my weakness. I love chaats. Apparently I didn’t post many chaat recipes and this BM paved a way for me to post my favorite chaat recipes.

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Sukha Bhel with Barley Puffs | Zero Oil Recipe

I am sharing a healthy vegan and zero oil chaat recipe for the last day of this Cooking Carnival Blogging Marathon. It’s the sukha bhel recipe with barley puffs. Sukha means dry and basically this is a dry bhel recipe which is an easy grab and go chaat and perfect for mid-day hunger pangs. This recipe calls for a dry bhel chutney that can be prepared well ahead and stocked up. Once we have the dry chutney ready, this bhel can be assembled in no time.

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Bombay Sandwich

I am presenting a simple chaat sandwich recipe for the penultimate day. This sandwich is popularly known by the name Bombay Sandwich –a sandwich with yummy green chutney spread and veggies and cheese of course. I took the easy route, instead of preparing spicy potato filling, I just went with boiled potato slices which in turn reduced the cooking time and made this recipe to fall under the category of “Under 30 minutes” recipe. :-)

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Samosa Chole Chaat

If its samosa yesterday, it has to be samosa chole today. :-)  Like Tikkis, samosas can be served in multiple ways and one among them is the samosa chole and like sambar vadai, the fried samosa are soaked in the spicy chick pea gravy and topped with onions, cilantro and of course green chutney and sweet chutney. It is of my favorite way of having samosa. I always opt for samosa chole instead of plain samosa and this is very filling too. A plate of samosa chole with a lassi can be a meal on its own.

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Samosa – this fried or baked savory snack with spicy filling has become a universal chaat/appetizer these days. You can find them in the menu of other cuisines too and it is wide spread all over the world. In my kachori post I mentioned that, kachori is a cousin of Samosa. Yes, like kachori this savory snack is also filled with spicy filling and deep fried. Baked samosas are also getting popular, which I am reserving for this winter.

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Matar Kachori

Kachori or Kachauri or Kachodi or Katchuri is another popular recipe from North India. It is popular in Delhi and also in Rajasthan. Wiki states that Kachori is supposed to have originated in Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan. I am not worried about its origin or who invented. All I wanted to say is big thanks to the person who invented this recipe. IMO, Kachori is a cousin of samosa.  There are both sweet and savory Kachori. When I researched about this recipe, I was super surprised to find oodles of this kachori recipe. Finally thought of keeping it simple, so here I am presenting the savory matar kachori or green peas kachori.

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Bhel Puri

Bhel Puri is a savory snack prepared with puffed rice with added vegetables, sev and the delicious sweet dates and tamarind chutney. I include green chutney too in my version, and this is the wet Bhel puri recipe. Even though the recipe originated in Bombay, it has spread its wings across the Indian Subcontinent, and every place has its own Bhel recipe. I have already posted the Kolkata version which is popularly known as Jhal muri and my own Tortilla Bhel Cups with moong dal. Now here comes the wet Bhel recipe.

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Dahi Papdi Chaat | Dahi Papri Chaat

Papdi Chaat or Papri Chaat is one of my favorite chaat that can be assembled quickly once you have papdi ready. But the highlight is, there is lot of substitutes available for this papdis also.  Papri or Papdi means wafers or crackers. Traditionally this chaat is prepared with the fried flour wafers, topped with boiled potatoes, onions, tomatoes, sev and of course with sweet and green chutney. You can add yogurts and make it Dahi Papdi Chaat and that’s what I am presenting today.

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