We Indians have so many occasions when we keep fast. Hundreds of festivals for millions of people following different religion or faith. On such days our body needs special nourishment. After a whole day of fast, we feel lack of energy and at times it causes dehydration too. We need to plan our diet meticulously to rehydrate it and fill it with carbohydrates to boost our energy level. Fasting does not mean we sit idle for the next few days, we need to take care of our family too.
Considering all these factors, I planned for two simple, fuss free, instant, energy boosting,rehydrating recipes for all of us. Within our community, it was or is always fruits and sago after a long day of fast. But I have thought in a broader perspective and thought this might best suit for breaking a fast. In normal days too we can have this combi if we are in a diet mission. My doctor says even people with high blood sugar can have potatoes ...... they are to be boiled and water thrown before eating or used in gravies. So here for all of us an onion free Aloo Chaat and a refreshing, digestible Mint Lassi. Let us do it.
Potato : 2
Bengal Gram[kala chana] : 1/4small cup
Green Peas : 2tbsp
Red Chilli Powder : 3-4 pinches
Green Chilli : 1
Roasted Cumin Powder : 1/4tsp
Chaat Masala : 1tsp
Salt : As required
Coriander Leaves : 1sprig
Lemon Juice : 2-3 tbsp
Wash and soak the Bengal Grams for 2 hrs in hot water and pressure cook in enough water adding salt up to 2 whistles. Once cool, drain the water.
Peel, wash and cut the potatoes half. Boil them in enough water adding salt as required. Cut into small cubes.
Soak the green peas in hot water for 15 minutes and drain the water.
Chop the coriander leaves and green chilli, wash.
Take the potatoes, Bengal gram, green peas and green chillies in a bowl. Add salt, cumin powder, chilli powder, chaat masala and mix together very well.
Add the lemon juice and mix again.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Plain Yogurt : 1 1/2 big cup
Roasted Cumin Seed Powder : 1/4tsp
Roasted Carom Seed Powder : 3-4 pinches
Chaat Masala : 1/4tsp
Salt : As required
Sugar : 1tsp
Mint Leaves : A handful
Water : 1 big cup
Lemon Juice : 1tbsp
Take the mint leaves, yogurt, roasted cumin powder n carom seed powder, salt, sugar, mint leaves, water in a blender and blend for 3-4 minutes at interval.
Pour the lassi in 2 glasses. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
Sprinkle chaat masala and garnish with mint leaves.
Enjoy the refreshening, digestive drink, healthy too.