In food, colors hold a very important place for me. Color not only adds visual appeal to your platter, but it is also providing you with a truck load of nutrition. Did you know the deeper the color of vegetable if, the better are it nutritional benefits? Which is why I love beetroots. They’re not just a factory of things that are great for your health, they also look gorgeous!
I’ve been lucky to have been brought up in a family that put a lot of importance in healthy eating habits. Which is why we were introduced to beetroots at a very early age. Pickled, grated, cooked, my mother prepared it in all forms. So with V, I did the same. We introduced him to versatile food pretty early on, and that’s the reason he is not a picky eater at all.
This Beetroot Tikki Chaat normally finds itself on our dinner menus, when we don’t feel like eating a huge meal. Its light, easily prepared with a lot of fresh veggies and hence nutritious as well.
1 beetroot, large, boiled
2-3 potatoes, medium, boiled
1 small carrot, grated
1 medium onion, finely chopped
A sprig of cilantro, finely chopped
A cup of green peas, boiled
2 green chillies, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
A cup of yogurt, spiced with salt and pepper
Roasted peanuts – 1 cup
Chaat masala – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Oil for cooking
First to prep the tikki. Boil the beetroot and potatoes and mash them all together with some salt and ground pepper.
In a deep dish pan take a tsp of oil and heat on medium. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for three to four minutes. Once the oil separates, mix in the mashed beetroot and potato nicely. Leave it to cook for a couple of minutes and add the roasted peanuts.
Switch off flame and let it cool for a little bit. When cool scoop out some mash with a laddle and flatten it to form a patty. On a heated skillet, add a drop or two of oil, and grill the patty of both sides till they become golden brown. Prepare all patties this way, you should have about 4-5 patties.
Now take a bowl or plate, lay a patty/tikki first. Pile all the grated veggies one on top of other. Pour one or two tbsp pf the spiced yogurt. Sprinkle black salt, chaat masala, ground pepper and enjoy!