The theme for the first week is deep fried to healthy bakes. As the name suggests, there are many a snacks that we love yet we try to refrain from them since they are deep fried.
This week we have 4 recipes that are usually deep fried. I have baked these dishes and I was pretty impressed with the results. Since it has very little oil , you can indulge on these snacks without guilt…
The first in this series is baked palak puri chaat.Every one loves chaat but the deep fried puris are like a big No! Here is a version that can be made ahead just like the deep fried version and assembled when needed.
Palak / spinach is a green choke full of nutrients but not something that the kids will prefer to eat. So here is a simple technique to sneak in the greens. And that too if presented as this chaat, the kids will surely love to dig in....
This is a very versatile recipe where you can use your favorite ingredients as topping or use any thing that you have handy.
The day I baked this, lil dude was very eager to see why I had so many small bowls lined up with colorful ingredients. Once he saw me assembling the chaat he grinned. I believe he understood what I was doing!
To make the baked palak puri chaat
Whole wheat flour-1/2 cup
Oil -1 tablespoon
Palak puree – 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and add water little by little and knead to a smooth and elastic dough.
Pinch out ball of dough and roll it out into a thin sheet. Using a small round cookie cutter / bottle lid punch out circles.
Place them on a tray lined with a baking sheet. Prick holes using a fork. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 degrees for 10 minutes. It will be light brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Once it is cooled it will be crisp.
If not using immediately, store in an airtight container.
For the topping:
Finely chopped – Onions, capsicum, tomato
Boiled – corn,channa
Coriander leaves to garnish
Place a little of the above ingredients over the baked palak puri and serve immediately.
- The puri, boiled vegetables can be made ahead and stored.Keep the puri in air tight container and the boiled vegetables are to be refrigerated.
- If the puris are not crisp after baking, bake for another 2-5 minutes. But watch closely.
- You can use any topping of your choice.Chaat chutney can be used instead of tomato sauce