Farali chaat is a delicious, spicy, and tangy Indian snack usually eaten during fasting days, especially during festivals like Navratri, Ekadashi, and Janmashtami. The word “farali” denotes food items that are permissible during a fast. Here’s how to prepare this scrumptious fasting-friendly chaat:
- 2 medium-sized potatoes, boiled and chopped
- 1 medium-sized sweet potato, boiled and chopped (optional)
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely crushed
- 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (anar dana)
- 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
- Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Rock salt (sendha namak) to taste
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder (jeera powder)
- 1 tsp sugar or powdered sugar (optional)
- Fresh yogurt (curd) – for garnishing (optional)
- Green chutney made from coriander and green chilies – for garnishing (optional)
- Preparation: Boil the potatoes and sweet potatoes until they are tender. Once cooled, peel and chop them into small pieces.
- Mix Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped potatoes, sweet potatoes, crushed peanuts, grated coconut, pomegranate seeds, and chopped green chilies.
- Add Spices: Sprinkle the rock salt, roasted cumin powder, and sugar (if using) over the mixture.
- Flavor Enhancer: Add the freshly chopped coriander leaves and squeeze the juice of one lemon over the mixture.
- Mix Well: Gently toss all the ingredients until they are well combined and all the flavors meld together.
- Serve: Transfer the farali chaat to serving bowls. If desired, you can drizzle some fresh yogurt and green chutney on top for added flavor.
- Garnish: Garnish with some more pomegranate seeds, roasted peanuts, and coriander leaves. Serve immediately.
- Always make sure the ingredients used are permissible during fasting in your tradition or community.
- You can also add other fasting-friendly ingredients like boiled peanuts or boiled sabudana (tapioca pearls) to this chaat.
- Adjust the spiciness and tanginess according to your preference.
Enjoy your Farali Chaat as a light meal or snack during fasting days or whenever you crave some spicy tangy goodness!