H for Hara dhaniya Patta
Hara dhaniya patta (in hindi), known as coriander leaves or cilantro. This is one of my favorite snack when ever we visit Chat House (Sunnyvale, CA). Spicy hari (green) chutney with murmur and sev mixture with roasted peanuts, onions, tomatoes, cucumber and topped with sweet chutney makes this a real item number. Yesterday it was cold outside and wanted to eat something spicy but not in a mood to spend time in front of stove. I was looking around in the pantry to come up with something instant (not in mood for noodles also) and suddenly I saw murmur and this recipe popped into my mind. It’s been longtime since I made this, but I still remember the taste of delicious bhel.
This is my entry for Nupur’s A-Z of Indian Vegetables
2 cups Murmur (muri)
½ cup sev mixture
1/4th cup peanuts (roast in ½ tsp oil till golden brown)
1 small red onion (chopped)
1/4th cup cucumbers (scoop the seeds and dice into bite size)
2 small tomatoes (de-seed and dice into bite size)
For Hari Chutney
Grind all the below ingredients into a smooth paste. Do not add water. Sugar will stop the chutney turning into brown color.
1 bunch coriander leaves (clean and remove stems)
2-3 green chillies
1 tbsp curd
1 tsp sugar
1-1 ½ tsp chat masala (I use bambino)
Juice of ½ lime
Salt to taste
Sweet chutney/ ketchup, sev, thinly sliced cucumber pieces as showed in the picture and chopped coriander leaves.
In a large blow mix all the bhel ingredients. Now add the hari chutney and toss together. Take a serving plate, place desired amount of bhel, drizzle little sweet chutney / ketchup and garnish with sev and coriander leaves, decorate the plate with cucumber pieces as shown in the picture.
Serve immediately. You don’t even need a spoon as you can scoop the mixture with cucumber pieces.
Notes and Tips.
You can add raw mango pieces to jazz it up. If you are allergic to peanuts substitute with roasted cashewnuts or just leave the nuts. Just use your imagination, mix and match the veggies and enjoy with a hot cup of “T”. Use thick sev mixture, and for garnish you can use thin sev.