SKINNY TOMATO CHAAT – NO COOKING REQUIRED

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Skinny Tomato Chaat is the recipe for this RAVISHING TUESDAY!

Chaat is term describing savoury snacks, typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or food carts in India (the best restaurants fail to mimic the taste from food carts :P) The word in Hindi means to lick or to devour with relish; eat noisily. This is the definition from Wikipedia. There could not be a more apt way to explain chaat to a chaat virgin!

Tomato Chaat

I call this skinny because this is one of those rare recipes with absolutely no oil, no cooking and no sev (fried lentil crisps). Note the pun about being beneficial for skin and skinny!

Before I get into the tomato chaat recipe details, time for the list of benefits to skin from the superlicious   Tomato:

Tomato Chaat

Ready to get sliced, topped and gobbled!

  1. They’re full of lycopene, a phytochemical that provides red pigment and health benefits.
  2. Lycopene is an antioxidant and hence works as a sunscreen from within. Itprotecting against sun damage. (Yes, sun damage occurs in winter too! Especially if you live in snowy areas, light reflecting off snow is as bad as the direct harsh Sun)
  3. They act as anti-aging product as they help in fighting cellular damage and reddening of skin.
  4. Helps to retain the moisture in people who are used to sitting in air-conditioned environs.
  5. Lycopene also boosts pro-collagen, the molecule that keeps your skin firm and youthful looking.

The bad for skin for today: Alcohol! Alcohol gives your skin a mini-hangover by making it dry & irritated. Drinking too much of it can even result in the loss of vitamin A, an important antioxidant that supports skin health and overall elasticity.

Summary:  Good: Tomatoes; Bad: Alcohol.

Tomato Chaat

Good For your Skin – TOMATO

Phew! I think I should stop talking and go straight ahead to:

Skinny Tomato Chaat Recipe

SKINNY TOMATO CHAAT – NO COOKING REQUIRED

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2-3

SKINNY TOMATO CHAAT – NO COOKING REQUIRED

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tomatoes (medium sized)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup puffed rice - murmura (plain rice crispies)
  • 3 tbsp mint chutney (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tamarind sauce (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix the grated carrots, onions, cilantro, salt and paprika. Set aside.
  2. Slice the tomatoes (1/4 – 1/2 inch slices) and arrange them on a platter.
  3. Spread the carrot and onion mixture evenly on the tomato slices.
  4. Top them with the mint chutney, tamarind sauce and puffed rice.
  5. Serve the sweet & spicy, sour and salty skinny tomato chaat!

My Take:

The puffed rice is to add crunch to every bite. It can be substituted with cereal (Unsweetened Rice/corn flakes).

If you are one of those who does not put on any weight in spite of eating your heart out or one of those who hits the gym regularly, go ahead and add sev.

The mint chutney and tamarind sauce add different dimensions to the dish. They can be skipped altogether or substituted with chopped mint leaves and some freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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Prash

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4 Comments

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