Monday, February 08, 2016

Super Bowl 50 & Super Easy Snacks - Blanched Almond Chaat (inspired by Peanut/Badam Chaat)

Blanched Almond Chaat (inspired by Peanut/Badam Chaat)

The Broncos won yesterday.
The 6 1/4 yo (who chose to watch a movie instead) was a little disappointed.  He sat through the pre-game patiently and then asked us if he could watch something else. What made him choose his winning team - Panthers (of course) is that panthers run faster than horses, hence they should win. Now who can argue with this rock solid 6 1/4 yo logic.
The husband was rooting for the Broncos. He has his reasons, I did not ask.
Me - I still do not understand the game and was mostly excited by the snacks and was looking forward to a power packed half-time performance.  
Sadly the snacks were more exciting than the half-time. Bruno Mars (totally my opinion) was the star of the show and the rest was kind of meh!
Now coming to the recipe. This is inspired by a popular snack - Peanut Masala. Since I am allergic to peanuts, I thought of making it with blanched almonds instead.
Blanching almonds is very easy. Bring a pot of water to boil. Throw in the almonds for about a minute. Take the pot off heat and drain off the liquid. Pat dry the almonds with a paper towel and peel the skin off. It's as easy as that!
Ingredients: (Was enough for the 3 of us)
  • Blanched Almonds - 1/2
  • Red Onion - 1 small, finely chopped (About 5 tbsp.)
  • Tomato - 1 medium, cored and diced
  • Green Chili - 1 or 2, finely chopped
  • Cilantro - a handful, finely chopped
  • A squeeze of lemon or lime juice
  • Chaat Masala - 3/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sev or Haldiram Bhujia - couple of spoonfuls
  • Mustard Oil - 1 tsp (optional)

Mix everything together except the Sev (or Bhujia) and oil. Drizzle a little mustard oil (for some added bite), sprinkle the sev (or bhujia) and serve.

Enjoy with a cup of tea.


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