OK, so when you are on a quantified diet and you need to eat as per what is in your list, what do you do to cravings? Twist and tweak them as per your diet! 😀 So today, under my theme “Meals under 30 minutes” for the Blogging Marathon #94, I have to share something that I ate “God knows how many times” of late!
The first time I had Dahi Bhallas (or vadas) was at Humi’s place, when I went to meet her the very first time – that was around four years ago. I was never a chaat fan – the first time I had chaat at the insistence of my colleague P, I almost puked out at the combination of sweet and sour – please do not beat me! Gradually, it caught up on my taste buds and now I love it! But still not with too much chutney on it, I love it more of the Pakistani style with just dahi and green chutney! 😀 So coming back to the Dahi Bhallas, it was love at first bite at her place. They were so amazing that when we had a blogger potluck two years ago, I insisted that she makes them. If you have struggled with making your own, then do hop onto her blog, where she gives the recipe with so many tips that you are not bound to fail!
It so happened that I was craving for them so badly, but then I couldn’t have it. That is when while casual browsing, I came across this post and it was a Eureka moment! I had paneer and yogurt in my list and I had to make it. Since then, when the yogurt is there, this chaat appears on my platter every second day. First of all there is no soaking and grinding and waiting like the traditional recipe, and you have it on your plate in 15 minutes maximum. You can go berserk on the toppings but I like to keep it simple with just a sprinkling of chilli powder, chaat masala and coriander leaves.
It is not necessary that you need to be on a diet to enjoy this super simple dish. 😉 Paneer is a good source of protein and yogurt is also a good gut food, so there is no guilt feeling while enjoying this savory snack. The hot steamed paneer balls and the cold sweetened yogurt just blend so effortlessly to give you the exact dahi bhalla feel. Off to the recipe… 🙂
- 50 gm paneer
- ½ tsp isabgol (psylluim husk)
- A pinch of salt
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ tsp stevia
- Salt to taste
- Kashmiri red chilli powder, chaat masala and coriander leaves to garnish
- Soak the paneer in hot water for five minutes. Drain.
- Grind with the isabgol and salt. Divide the mixture into four roundrels.
- Meanwhile boil water in a small saucepan. Keep the paneer roundrels in a mesh and steam for ten minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk the yogurt, stevia and salt till smooth.
- Remove the paneer balls into a bowl. Top with the whisked yogurt. Sprinkle red chilli powder, chaat masala and coriander leaves. Enjoy immediately!
Check out the Blogging Marathon page to see what the other Blogging Marathoners are doing this BM#94.