Dahi Bhalla Chaat / Street-food Of India
Take a walk across shabby lanes in North-India, this Dahi Bhalla Chaat makes its presence felt everywhere.After the most popular Panipuri or Gupchup ,if there is one thing in street-food that India thrives on,it is a plate of damned delicious chaat. Dahi Bhalla Chaat, a dish that nails just about every bliss point. It comes closer to Dahi-vada .But the use of sweet & spicy sauces uplifts this dish to a better lingering flavor.
I remember those days ..Chaat hopping while strolling in the streets of Chandini Chowk in Delhi . You will surely regret if you miss them. As soon as you get out of the metro station at Chandini Chowk ,there is “Ashok Chaat Corner” on the left side of the road . It always started with a plate of panipuri for me .you can choose the poori out of the two varieties they serve ,one is sooji & other is wheat.
Today we are celebrating ” New Year” as per the Odiya solar calendar. The day is also known as “Mahabishuba Sankranti” which is incomplete without the customary ‘Bela pana’ . “Bela Pana” which is a sweet drink made of hard-shelled bael fruit,coconut ,banana & other spices. It’s a special offerings today in all Shiva Temples. Mom has prepared that in the Morning . Dealing with gummy sap & sticky texture of Bael is not an easy job. Both skill & patience are needed. This festival is also celebrated as Baisakhi in west-Bengal and Vishu in Kerala.
Today is the official day when the Sun declares that the days are gonna longer & hotter. Spring had already lost it’s charm this year .Now time for Summery Days !! Time to relish more salads & cold soups .
Serve this Dahi Bhalla chaat with chilled curd & sauces for a summery afternoon.You will surely love it. It’s a No-Onion No-Garlic Recipe. So can be a savior on any festive day.