As we bid goodbye to 2011, here is a Chatpati welcome to 2012. Kiwifruit chat is a chat recipe, ideal for an evening with friends, fun and fizz.
Sev 1 cup
Chopped coriander 1 cup
For the Puri
All purpose flour (Maida) 1 cup
Cumin seeds (Jeera/jeelakarra) 2 tsp
Refined cooking oil 1 cup
Salt to taste
For the Chutney
Coriander (Kothimeera) 1 bunch
Mint leaves (Pudina) ½ bunch
Green chillies 2
Ginger 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Mango powder (Amchur) 1 tsp
Tamarind paste 1 tsp
Chat masala 4 tsp
Salt to taste
Mix to dough the flour, salt and cumin seeds. Bail small portions of the dough into small circles or puris and deep fry in pre-heated oil until crisp. Remove onto a tissue to drain off excess oil. Note that these puris need not be puffed but require being crisp.
Dry roast the mint leaves. Blend to a fine paste the coriander, roasted mint leaves, green chillies, ginger, sugar, dates, Mango powder, chat masala, red chilli powder, tamarind paste/tamarind and a pinch of salt. The chutney makes a great sandwich spread too.
Peel and cut the kiwifruit into slices. Finely chop the onion and coriander.
Place the puri on the serving plate. Top up with a kiwi fruit slice, chutney, sprinkle salt (if required), and garnish with chopped onions, coriander and sev.
Serve tangy and spicy, kiwifruit chat and see them getting over and being asked for. A real chatpati way to enjoy the last day of the year. Hope the New Year has loads of beautiful moments waiting to become memorable for all of us.