Celebrating Rakshabandhan, they colourful way: Learn how to make kabuli chana and paneer chaat now!
Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion to celebrate an emotional bonding between a brother and his sister by tying a holy thread around the brothers wrist. This thread which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is called the Rakhi. It means a bond of protection and Raksha Bandhan means that the strong must protect the weak from all that's evil.
But, this does not end here. As the Raksha Bandhan rituals end, the celebrations begin. During this day, it is more like a family union in most of the households. Family members exchange gifts with other well wishers and relatives.
Besides the gifts and warm greetings, how can we forget the tasty dishes and sweets prepared on this day. But, should one really compromise on their health?
Lets celebrate this trivia of Raksha Bandhan just like the true spirit of all other Indian festivals, but with a HEALTHY TWIST !
1. Kabuli chana (white chick peas) , soaked overnight and cooked – 1 cup
2. Paneer (cottage cheese) cubes – ½ cup
3. Sliced onions – ½ small
4. Sliced capsicum – ½ small
5. Sliced tomatoes – ½ small
6. Oil – 1/2 tsp
7. Finely chopped garlic (lehsun) – 1 tsp
8. Dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) – ½ tsp
9. Turmeric powder (haldi) – 1/4th tsp
10. Chilli powder – 1/4th tsp (alter as per taste)
11. Coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder – ½ tsp
12. Garam masala – ½ tsp
13. Salt – use minimum, to taste
Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the garlic and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes. Add the kabuli chana, other veggies and all the masalas. Add paneer and salt and sauté for 5 mins. Serve hot.
KHYATI'S HEALTH 'O' METER SAYS:
This power chaat consists of all the good benefits for a adding them in one's daily diet. Being nutritionally dense and low in calories, not only is it the best for weight loss but also the easiest to cook for any occasion. Being a rich source of protein, anti-oxidants and vitamins, it is the perfect plant based food , increasing digestive power. Also giving a double boost of protein of chickpeas and paneer, this makes the perfect protein rich meal . Not only does it give an iron boost, but also is a low glycemic index food beneficial for diabetics. Also, controls one's appetite, providing complete fullness.
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