TOMATO SLICE CHAAT | SKINNY TOMATO CANAPES

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“Tomato Slice Chaat”, described in its simplest way is the love child of skinny canapés and Indian street food, Chaat. As healthy as but tastier than, your diet-salad-dinner, it can also be refreshing for a hot summer afternoon.  Easy to assemble, serve this healthy Indian appetizer and watch your guests be surprised as they enjoy this delicious tomato slice chaat.

Tomato Slice Chaat

The sun rises in the east, and sets in the west. Yeah, what’s new about that you ask? Nothing. It is just a fact. A fact like “it is to hot this Summer” Every food blogger everywhere loves to talk about the heat every summer! Considering that I live in Texas, I have sure earned the right to complain about it more than anybody else!

Well, It is very hot in Texas now! Phew! There, I said it. Anyhoo, I am making my most favorite summer recipes. Recipes that keep me hydrated and recipes that don’t involve toasting my face from the stove’s heat, at least not burning it. I noticed a couple of them on the blog but date back an earlier era! If you define era as time elapsed, then it is nowhere close to an era (only 1.5 years ago) but if you define era in terms of amount of change then, you would know what I mean. I am still learning the art of food photography but I am more comfortable with my camera now and I can now present my recipes as I intend, looking true the taste they have to offer.

Puffed rice recipe. less than 120 calories, skinny tomato canapes, no bread, gluten free, Vegan

So, I decided to reblog a couple of recipes and Tomato Slice chaat is one of them (I am leaving the original post intact because it was a part of series I did and I don’t want to uproot it).

Workplaces and offices in India are located mostly along the extreme borders of the city. There are smaller offices within the city but huge premises with the corporate atmosphere are situated quite far from the city center and residential areas making it imperative for the employers to provide transportation for the employees. My tryst with the corporate world in India also involved commuting long distance by the “Company bus”. Every evening was different. Some evening involved a lot of cursing stuck in traffic jams, some evenings involved a book, some music and being blissfully unaware of your surroundings while some evenings involved loud chatting, friendly arguments and a game of charades thrown in with your bus-mates.

Tomato slice chaat, a street food recipe from Bangalore

However, the end to the evening was the same every single day. A short walk home from the place the bus dropped me off. This walk was when I would stop by the hawker selling fresh tender coconut water or the chaat-wala (vendor of chaats) cart. I would rejuvenate myself with nature’s sweet drink or have a plate (the plate would be a sheet newspaper lined with a banana leaf) of tomato slice chaat. With that acting as a great salad/drink start to my evening, I would head home for dinner.

Tomatoluten free, vegan, breadless, skinny tomato canapes

You have to try this simple tomato slice chaat this summer to understand my love for it! You can easily find all ingredients at any Indian store in your city. Try it and let me know. Here is the recipe for:

Tomato Slice Chaat | Tomato canapes

TOMATO SLICE CHAAT | SKINNY TOMATO CANAPES

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

TOMATO SLICE CHAAT | SKINNY TOMATO CANAPES

Ingredients

  • 2 Tomatoes (medium sized)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 cup puffed rice /murmura (plain rice crispies)
  • 1/8 cup Sev (Chickpea flour crisps)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp mint chutney
  • 2 tbsp tamarind sauce

Directions

  1. Slice the tomatoes (1/4 – 1/2 inch slices) and arrange them on a platter.
  2. Sprinkle just a pinch of salt over the tomato slices.
  3. Mix the grated carrots, onions, cilantro, salt and paprika.
  4. Mix in the sev and puffed rice with the carrot mixture.
  5. Use a spoon and scoop this mixture on top of all the tomato slices.
  6. Spoon a small amount of mint chutney and tamarind sauce over Top them with the mint chutney, tamarind sauce and puffed rice.
  7. Serve immediately

My Take:

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

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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10 Comments

  1. have never served toms like this but what a great idea! So healthy, too.

  2. Such cute gorgeous summer food. Glad you re-blogged they are great!

  3. I bet this would work equally well with zuchhini and cucumber slices.. let me know wen u try it 😀

  4. now this is one chaat we can eat guilt free! thanks for the idea Prash, I love it! going to try!

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  6. oh !! its took me back to Bangalore and its Chaat gaadi… ages since I made this , Prash :-))

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