Ghugni Chaat is a popularly available street food from the Northern and Eastern parts of India. Made of dried peas, this is an ultimate “healthy snack idea” (if you are into the whole health eating kinda thing) as well as a perfect curry to go with most breads. Me? I just devour those mini bowls, many at a time just because they are super delicious and I just can’t seem to have enough!
I am a planner. I have an obsessive need to know what’s next. Uncertainty is not my cup of tea. However, I take it in my stride when I come face to face with the devil faced unforeseen surprises from life. A wobbly stride which requires my super-strong-under-pressure-husband nudging me from behind, may be, but, I do stride along. And I try to remember that “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon. Ain’t that the truth?!
Fortunately for someone like me who is wound so tight, cooking comes as a relief. Cooking is just one thing that I do not obsessively plan. I go with the flow of the day. Woke up late? Never mind making the usual roti (Indian bread) and curry for lunch, I prepare a one pot rice meal in a jiffy. Super hungry at teatime; I whip up a good snack and may be skip dinner even. Yes, you guessed it right. Ghugni chaat was also something that happened with the flow of my day.
I soaked and cooked dried peas with the intention of making… errrr.. I have no idea. I just did that because I was out of fresh vegetables. In the process of reading an article about Indian street food, I was reminded of the ghugni chaat that I had tasted at friend’s place a few years ago.
I abandoned my article, rushed into the kitchen, diced up some onions and potatoes and voila! Ghugni chaat it was! I even ended up making some pooris (deep fried Indian bread) with the ghugni chaat. Nachiket and I called it a good day with an amazingly tasty dinner that night!
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PS: If you are looking for more “Healthy snack Ideas” like Ghugni Chaat, try these out: