Chatpata Makhana Chat

New year’s eve is just around the corner. This year, although the celebration will be limited to house members only, I really want to celebrate this new year’s eve.

The year has been horrible but I am very thankful and grateful that we sailed through it. This year has taught us lot of things. Most importantly, how underrated is the human interaction. I never imagined what it meant to not be able to see your near and dear ones. In this world of whatsapp chats and facetimes, we have literally lost the physical aspect of human interaction. To see and hug friends and family is priceless.

Of all the resolutions I have for the year 2021, making an effort to keep in touch with friends and family will be number one. 

Coming back to the New year’s eve, we have decided to host a virtual party with our friends. Everyone will be making something special and we will meet online for food and games. So I am planning to make Makhana Chat for this party.

Makhana is roasted foxnuts. The literal meaning is a lotus seed that is roasted to form puffed Makhana just like popcorn. This Makhana(also called as fox nuts) is multipurpose.

You can make desserts, have it as a tea time snack or make a crispy chatpata chat.

Makhana was initially eaten when observing religious fasts.

But owing to it’s health benefits, Makhana has been used in many recipes. Sweet or savory, this ingredient packs the dish with texture and nutritional benefits.

If you are looking for weight loss, Makhana is very useful because of its protein content and is low calorie.

Apart from that, Makhana helps balance blood sugar thus improving heart health and digestive health.

So don’t miss on this delicious superfood. Get your hands on some Makhana to make this yum Makhana Chat.

Making Chatpata Makhana Chat..

Apart from the main ingredient – Makhana, all the other ingredients for making the Chat remains the same.

Let’s go through the process step by step:

  • Heat a deep pan on medium flame. Add 1 tbsp oil and let it heat.
  • Roast 100gms of Makhana on medium flame for 2-3 mins. 
  • To check if it’s done, take one piece and try to press in between your index finger and thumb. The Makhana should break with a crisp sound. 
  • Once the Makhana begins to change color, transfer it to a plate.
  • Make sure you transfer immediately or the Makhana may burn.

Mixing the Makhana chat..

  • In order to make lip smacking chat, you need to mix the chat very well.
  • To mix well, you need deep mixing bowl.
  • Add Makhana to the bowl.
  • Then add finely chopped onions and tomatoes. About 1 medium sized onion and 1 medium tomato.
  • After that add sprouted green moong. I have added about 1/4 cup.
  • Add pomegranate seeds and raisins. You can add a fist full of each.
  • Add spicy green chutney and khatti meethi chutney. (Click on the name to see the recipe for chutney)
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup yogurt, 1 tbsp chat masala, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar.
  • Then add this to the mixing bowl.
  • This helps to evenly coat the salt, sugar and chat masala to all the Makhanas.
  • Mix everything well until all the ingredients are coated with the chutney and yogurt. 
  • Adjust the taste. If you want more spice, add green chutney. If you want more tanginess then add khatti meethi chutney.
  • Garnish with thin sev and fresh coriander/cilantro and serve.
Notes: It is highly recommended to make this recipe just before serving. The makhanas tend to get soggy if left with the chutneys and sauce for a long time. 

Makhana chat

Jui Chakrapani
Chatpata Makhana chat made with fox nuts and flavored with sweet and spicy chutney make it a delicious snack.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Assembling 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snacks, Snacks/appetizers
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 100 gms Makhana
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sprouted green moong
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp green chutney check link in the blog post
  • 1 tbsp khatti meethi chutney check link in the blog post
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chat masala
  • 2 tbsp thin sev
  • some finely chopped coriander

Instructions
 

  • Add Makhana to the bowl in a deep mixing bowl.
  • Then add finely chopped onions and tomatoes.
  • After that add sprouted green moong. I have added about 1/4 cup, you can skip if you want.
  • Add pomegranate seeds and raisins. You can add a fist full of each.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup yogurt, 1 tbsp chat masala, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar.
  • Then add this to the mixing bowl.
  • Mix everything well until all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Garnish with thin sev and fresh coriander/cilantro and serve.

Notes

I have used US measuring cups for measuring the ingredients. For more details. click here
Keyword chat, chutneys, fox nuts, green moong, indian chat, makhana, makhana chat, pomegranate, spicy chutney, tangy chat
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