So, during our vacations, my brother and I have these hunger pangs around 5 pm- 6pm everyday. Sound familiar? Well, obviously! The other day, we had a similar situation with a minor twist that our mother was a little annoyed with us(for reasons known only to mothers!)
Now, I feel they should probably frame the saying as ‘Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned’. 😛 We couldn’t ask her to cook something for us, nor could the staple for every Indian household that has raised 90s kids(MAGGI, what else?) work. Unless of course, you are feeling a little daredevil to take on the ‘Maggi is the worst of evils’ outrage. With the ingredients I had at hand, I decided to make my own version of Bhel puri.
It’s really simple, has all the different flavors and textures and really quick to make. If that isn’t enough to get you off your lazy bums and make this, probably this picture will make you drool.
Time required: 20 mins (including all the chopping and cooking)
- Puffed rice – 3 cups
- Onion (finely chopped)- 1 large
- Tomatoes (finely diced) – 1 large
- Black grams (boiled) OR peanuts(roasted)- Half cup (optional)
- Sev/Namkeen(any variety but I prefer the one that’s just salted) – Half cup
- Squeezed lemon juice- 1 tbsp
- Tamarind chutney(Mom’s version) – 2 tbsp
- Tops Green Chilli sauce – 1 tsp
- Everest Chaat Masala – 2 tsp
- Salt, Red chilli powder – whatever amount your taste buds like
- You can also add chopped green chillis if you like setting your mouth on fire
- Dry roast the puffed rice. For dummies- just toss all your puffed rice into a frying pan, do not add any oil, turn the cooktop on, and stir occasionally to not let the rice burn. This makes the puffed rice really crispy.
- Mix the black grams/peanuts and sev/namkeen with the puffed rice.
- Mix together the chopped onions, diced tomatoes, chopped green chillis. Add the chutney, green chilli sauce, chaat masala, salt, red chilli powder to this mixture.
- When ready to serve, put together the puffed rice mixture with vegetables mixture in a deep bowl, cover with a plate and do some swift biceps curls to mix everything up properly. 😛
- Finally squeeze some lemon juice on the top and serve or eat up!
P.S. Make sure that you do the last two steps just before consumption otherwise the bhel-puri will turn soggy.