Beach is not new to me…Being in Guntur, I have been to Chirala Beach and Bandar (Machalipatnam) Beach many times. But for my Lil’M beach is very new…the sight of never ending water….waves, boats, people, fishermen, sand everything is new to her…..The first outing in Chennai was to Marina Beach. By the time we reached there it was quite late and we could not see much. All we could get to see is aerial view of Chennai from light house…
But days back Lil’M insisted to go to beach again. Being Sunday we decided to take her. All she wanted is to play with sand and make a sand castle for her doll. So in no time we made plan to go to beach. Marina beach is nearly a 2½ hours drive from my house. So we need to plan to go there….We thought of starting early to avoid traffic and to get good sight of sea. When I was packing for our mini picnic, I suddenly remembered I soaked chickpeas to make chat in the evening. Rushed to kitchen to make chat so that I can carry it with me, to devour at the beach watching waves. As I have got overnight soaked chickpeas my work was less, all it took was 20 minutes to make yummy samosa chat.
Seeing me with picnic basket, my husband smiled and said…are you going to stay there for few days or what?? Smiled back and I said nothing. By the time we reached beach it was five in the evening. Cool breeze, never ending waves, sand, boats, setting sun, smell of bhajiyas, chats mixed with fish fry…sound of bells from sellers carrying pink cotton candy and ice creams…voices of taro card readers along with fortune tellers carrying green parrots and some with cowrie’s sitting here and there attracting people saying they can predict fortune. Lots of entertaining games for kids along with shops which sell articles made of shells and much more….
We made comfortable ourselves by placing a mat on sand bed and in no time Lil’M got busy making her sand castle…It was first time, she had touched sand so she was very happy playing with it…When my husband said, wait let me get something to eat…I took out surprise I bought…when I opened the box…..the mesmerising smell of samosa chat…I must tell you…..awesome…Awww….saying this the two loving people of my life….digged to complete it…. Sometimes all you need is happy looking faces of loved ones, to charge up and get going in life. Wishing Happy Tamil New Year to all who are celebrating it.
- 1 cup Chickpeas, soaked overnight
- 1 Onion, finely sliced
- 1 Tomato, finely sliced
- 1 Green chili, finely chopped
- ½ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
- 1 tbsp. Red chili powder
- ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp. Garam Masala powder
- ½ tbsp. Coriander powder
- ¼ tbsp. Cumin powder
- 2 Samosa’s
- 1 Onion, finely sliced
- 1 Tomato, Finely Sliced
- 1 tbsp. Red Chutney
- 1 tbsp. Green Chutney
- 1½ tbsp. Brown Chutney
- 2-3 Lemon wedges, for serving
- 1 tbsp. fresh minced Coriander leaves
- Pressure cook chickpeas until soft (not mushy). Drain the excess water and set aside. In a heavy bottom cooking vessel add oil and to this add sliced onions, fry till translucent.
- Now add sliced tomatoes and green chili and fry till tomatoes turn soft. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes till raw smell of ginger-garlic paste disappears.
- In the meantime, take 3-4 tbsp. of water in a cup and add red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder and cumin powder. Make a paste by stirring with a spoon.
- Now add this paste to above tomato mixture. Cook on low for another 2-3 minutes till everything combines well. Now add cooked chickpeas and add half cup of water.
- Using a wooden spoon, gently mash half of chickpeas, check for salt and cook for 4-5 minutes. Turn off the flame.
- In a serving plate place samosa and gently mash it. Pour the above made chickpea masala all around the samosa.
- Add red chutney, green chutney and brown chutney as per your taste along with sliced onions and tomatoes.
- Sprinkle minced coriander leaves and lemon juice. Serve immediately.
- Add love to make this chat taste 'yummy'.
- You can also add fresh beaten curd, sev and grated carrot for additional taste and flavour. I did not add as I was carrying it for my picnic.
Thoroughly rinse chickpeas under water for 2-3 times. Now add double the amount of water and soak chickpeas overnight or for at least 8-10 hours. Throw soaked water and add fresh water when pressure cooking chickpeas.