Friday, 27 January 2012

Ragda Patties

Another tasty savory from Aamchi Mumbai!!! This is a very famous road side chaat  which is a combo of  "Mattra" (White peas) and Potato patties flavored with spices and chutneys. This dish is a complete meal in itself and is quick and easy to prepare. With garnishing of  onions and tomatoes, enriching its flavor and color, it is a must try chaat!!!

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This preparation is for 4 persons
For patties:
3 large boiled potatoes
3 bread slices(discard the bread sides)
1 teaspoon salt
oil for shallow frying
For ragda:
1.5 cup white peas(mattra)
1 large tomato nicely chopped
1 large onion nicely chopped
1 green chili finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon asafeotida
1 teaspoon coriander powder(dhania)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric poweder(haldi)
1/2 teaspoon  garam masala
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder(laal mirch)
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder(jeera powder)
1 teaspoon chaat masala
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon black powder(kaala namak)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds(jeera)
1-2 tablespoon nicely chopped coriander leaves
salt according to taste
2 tablespoon oil/ghee
For garnishing:
1 large tomato slices
1 large onion slices
1-2 tablespoon namkeen sev( salty gram flour fried thin strands)
1-2 teaspoon Meethi chutney
1-2 teaspoon coriander chutney
pinch of chaat masala

for patties:
In a bowl, mash/grate potatoes.
mashed potatoes,bread and chopped coriander
Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Apply a little oil to your palm and make about 8 balls out of this mixture.
Press each ball and shape them into a circle of a little thickness.
Potatoes patties ready  for crisping
Heat  oil for shallow frying in a frying pan. Place each patty on the pan and shallow fry them from both sides on low-medium flame.
patties shallow fried
Crisped patties from one side
When done place the patties on an absorbent paper to remove the excess oil.
Patties are ready.
For ragda:
Wash and soak the white peas overnight. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to this.
soaked whit peas
Boil the peas in a pressure cooker till they are properly cooked(it takes about 15-20 minutes (with a single whistle on high and others on low flame). Keep it aside.
boiled mattra
In a kadahi(wok), heat ghee/oil and add asafeotida and jeera.When the jeera starts to crack add green chili and onion .Saute it for 2 minutes.
sauteing onions
Add tomatoes and saute again for 2-3 minutes on medium flame. Add all the spices and saute again for a minute.
tomatoes sauteing
Now add the boiled peas and mix well . Add salt, lemon juice and chaat masala. Mix well.
white peas with the masala

Ragda for the chaat is ready!!!

For serving:

Place two patties on a plate. Break them from the center.
Put 1-2 table spoon of  ragda on it. Put both the chutneys on top of this.
place the slices of tomato and onion on it and finally the namkeen sev.
sprinkle a pinch of chaat masala for the final touch.

Ragda Patties
Tasty and tangy Ragda Patties is ready!! serve them hot!!
Optional notes:
Patties can be made plain or can be made with filling of cottage cheese, lentils , mashed green peas or munches. These can be prepared in advance and stored in fridge for further use.
If the binding of the patties is not occurring properly, add more bread slices.
Ragda too can be made in advance and stored in fridge for further use.
One can have the chaat with or without garnishing too, tomato and onions enhances the taste and color of the dish.

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