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Chaat Cups

November 28, 2007

chaatcups.jpgI love Chaat but like it to be finger food, without the frying. I thought of this recipe when I was thinking of non-fried savory appetizers (other than chips and dip) with a desi flavor. 

What You Need: 
  •  Mini Phyllo Dough cups (I use Fillo Factory brand)- 2 pkts of 15 each
  • 1 Cup – green mung dal, soaked overnight or sprouted
  • 1/2 Teaspoon- Chaat Masala
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Cucumber chopped finely
  • Cilantro, chopped finely for garnish
  • Tamarind Date Chutney ( usually available in the Indian Grocery stores)
 How Its Done :

Thaw the Phyllo dough cups per instructions. Pre-heat oven to 400 degree farhenheit. Line the Phyllo dough cups on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven for about 5 minutes until heated through (make sure they don’t change color- that means they’re burnt)

  1.  Drain the pre-soaked Mung dal and transfer to a microwave safe bowl. Add a little water (1 tablespoon) and some salt microwave for about 5-7 minutes till the dal is cooked but not mushy. Let it cool.
  2. Mix the Chaat Masala, juice of a lemon or lime into the moong dal and adjust salt according to your preference.
  3. Add the chopped cucumber right at the end when you’re ready to serve. Mix well.
  4. Fill the Phyllo dough cups with the moong dal mixture and top each cup with a small serving of the Tamarind Date Chutney. Garnish with the chopped cilantro.

 

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