Cornflakes Chaat

It is really tough for every mother to meet the dietary requirements of highly active & energetic teens today as she needs to serve them 4 meals a day that satiate their hunger, nourish them adequately, and importantly, please their palate. Since it is almost near to impossible to prepare healthy hearty delicious meals four times a day, it is a good idea to prepare a dish that can be reused for the next meal and also made appealing to them.

For example the dough used for banana bread for the breakfast can be tweaked to make banana cupcakes in the evening, or the batter used for making pesarat in the morning can be used for making paniyaram in the evening, or we can use any kulambu prepared for lunch as an accompaniment for idli, dosa, adai, uthappam, etc. for breakfast or dinner. Furthermore, we can serve delicious chaat as an after school snack, and serve the same gravy with chappathi or poori for dinner.

Chaat is the most popular street food enjoyed by the people of all ages, and we can find small eateries or fast food joints serving chaat ubiquitous across India. Chaat is a savory snack typically made by mixing a long list of ingredients of varied texture & flavor like pav (bread), puri (deep-fried bread), patties, ragda (curry), spice powders, chutney (sauce), sev (crunchy noodles), fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc. Since chaat foods require a comprehensive list of ingredients, people generally prefer to pay a visit to such eatery rather than making it at home. Nevertheless, I like to prepare chaat at home for 2 reasons: 1) I can make delicious & nutritious chaat by cutting down unnecessary carbs, fats & sugar or replacing them with wholesome ingredients; 2) I can re-use the same curry (ragda) for my next meal also.

Here I have prepared nutritious cornflakes chaat using yellow peas curry, tamarind-dates chutney & mint chutney, replacing deep-fried puri with cornflakes, and garnishing with home-made sev, pomegranate arils, finely chopped apple, onion & coriander leaves. Now let us look into the recipe for yellow peas ragda.

Ragda recipe:

Ingredients:

Cooked yellow peas1 cup
Pureed yellow peas1/4 cup
Onion 1
Tomatoes3
Garlic3 pods
Ginger1″
Red chilli powder2 tsp
Turmeric powder1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds powder1/4 tsp
Kitchen King masala1/2 tsp
Pav-bhaji masala1/2 tsp
Oil1 tsp
Cumin seeds1/2 tsp
Salt 1 tsp

How to cook ragda:

  • Chop the onion, tomatoes, ginger & garlic roughly.
  • Microwave them for 5 minutes after sprinkling some water.
  • Blitz them until smooth.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan with oil on low flame.
  • Add cumin seeds followed by red chilli powder, turmeric powder & cumin seeds powder.
  • Saute for few seconds.
  • Pour onion tomato mixture followed by pureed peas and stir in to combine.
  • Now add cooked peas & pour required water in to the pan and bring it to a boil in high flame.
  • Add salt & spice powders and mix well.
  • Leave the curry simmering until plating the chaat.

Tweaks:

  • We can use any other legume namely chickpeas (channa), black eyed peas (karamani), rajma beans, lima beans (mochai), green peas, butter beans, etc. in place of yellow peas.
  • We can also replace yellow peas with mixed vegetables and pureed yellow peas with mashed potato.
  • Here I have not added chaat masala into this ragda (but I sprinkled some chaat masala while garnishing the chaat) as I wanted to use this for my dinner also.

Ingredients for cornflakes chaat:

Yellow peas curry
Corn flakes
Sev (oma podi)
Dates-tamarind chutney
Mint chutney
Chaat masala
Finely chopped apple, onion, & coriander leaves
Pomegranate arils

How to serve corn flakes chaat:

Tweaks:

I prefer to add sweet & sour flavors, crunchy texture and vibrant colors in here, and I choose the ingredients accordingly. So I can garnish this with a variety of ingredients like grated carrot, diced cucumber, chopped tomato, grated raw mango, diced mango fruit, finely chopped guava, puffed rice (pori), rice flakes (poha or aval), roasted almonds, fried peanuts (or masala peanuts), boiled green peas, etc.

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71 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks tasty and nutritious, great substitutions for a healthier version!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I’m so happy to hear these words from a dietitian. Thanks much, Anna.

  2. 3C Style says:

    Another great recipe. VERY original. I’m drooling. This looks so delicious.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  3. Chiru says:

    Wow that’s a unique recipe.. I didn’t know this.. will tell my mom to try it..

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  4. krc says:

    love yellow peas
    yup vibrant colors these are!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  5. Rupali says:

    You must be doing a great job Megala.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks!

  6. My Real Dish says:

    Sounds lovely! I l’m intrigued with the cornflakes. Does it add a lovely texture?

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I used cornflakes mainly for adding the crunchy texture in here. πŸ™‚
      Thank you!

  7. Lady Oscar says:

    I am thinking about masala. There are so many different kinds of masala. I can find some at stores, but I am not sure which one should be the right one~ ^^
    This dish is nice! I feel that it could go with rice as well ~ ^^

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I do agree that it is difficult to identify the right masala when the specific brand of masala is not available.
      This curry goes well with naan bread, flatbread or any kind of breads, but if you like to pair it with rice, you can use your regular curry powder itself.
      It is so nice to find you showing interests to try my recipes. πŸ™‚ Thanks a million, Lady Oscar!

      1. Lady Oscar says:

        Thank you! I do find naan bread here! So I will use bread to go with the Chaat dish!
        Your recipes are full of compassion and loving kindness. I feel your sincere thoughts and heart while you sharing them~
        Thank you, Megala!

      2. Megala says:

        You are most welcome! πŸ™‚

  8. Looks delish 😍

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  9. Rita says:

    Yummy !

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it was! Thanks.

  10. I’m right there with you! I have two teen boys and I feel like a full time grocery-shopper and cook! πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, every mother would feel the same. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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