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!
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:
- They’re full of lycopene, a phytochemical that provides red pigment and health benefits.
- 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)
- They act as anti-aging product as they help in fighting cellular damage and reddening of skin.
- Helps to retain the moisture in people who are used to sitting in air-conditioned environs.
- 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.
Phew! I think I should stop talking and go straight ahead to:
Skinny Tomato Chaat Recipe