Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Lachcha tokri

lachcha tokri chaat
This chaat is prepared with the basket of grated potatoes and delicious filling of peas,corn and pomegranates. A great chaat for family get together!!!

This preparation is for 5 tokris
For making the basket:
3 medium size potatoes
1(a little more) table spoon rice flour
2 tea strainers
1 big round shaped spoon
oil to deep fry.
Peel and thickly grate the potatoes.
Put them in cold water for about 5 minutes. Drain and place the grated potatoes on a dry cloth and pat dry them for 5 more minutes. Sprinkle the rice flour and mix well with the potatoes.

Divide the potatoes into five equal portion. Place each portion inside the tea strainer and spread it well along sides of the strainer wall to get a round shape. With the help of round spoon press firmly .
placing the grated potatoes into the strainer
Place the strainer directly into the hot oil and let the potatoes fry till they turn into golden brown on medium flame.
frying the tokri
Remove the strainer with help of tongs and place the strainer inverted and tap to let the basket come out of it.
Repeat the technique to make more baskets.
lachcha tokri

You can prepare them in advance and store them in an air tight container.
For filling:
1 cup peas
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup pomegranate fruit seeds
1 cup curd
1 tablespoon sweet chutney
1 teaspoon chaat masala
salt according to taste
1 teaspoon ghee
In a pan heat ghee and add  peas&corn.Saute them for 2 minutes, cover with a lid and on low flame let them cook for 10 minutes. Add salt according to taste.
Peas and corn 
In a bowl add curd and chaat masala, beat well. Add the peas,corns and pomegranate seeds. Mix well. Add the sweet chutney and mix well it too. add salt according to taste.
curd mixture
Place the tokri in a plate, sprinkle little chaat masala on it. Fill it with a spoon full of prepared filling.
Garnish it with boondi(round shaped fried droplets of gram flour batter mostly used in for making boondi raita)and serve.

Crispy lachcha tokri is ready!!!
Optional notes:
One can prepare and store the baskets in advance. One can also make filling of aloo chaat, paneer or dahi bhalle.
you can add chili powder or can add chopped green chili if more spicy taste is desired.
Instead of rice flour one can also use cornflour.