Inspired by a bushel of cheap avocados I tried a riff on traditional chaat and it was delicious. Buy the readily available Bhel mix from an Indian grocery store along with the tamarind chutney. Or make the chutney for a fresh taste. —nykavi
What You'll Need
firm ripe Avocados
fresh Cilantro leaves
store-bought Bhel Mix
Tamarind Chutney (homemade or store bought)
Serrano or Jalapeño Pepper, thinly sliced
Jaggery or Brown Sugar
Make the tamarind chutney by soaking pulp in 2 cups warm water for 1/2 hour. Use your hands to squish the pulp well. Strain into a deep saucepan, discarding fibrous pulp.
Add jaggery or brown sugar to tamarind. Season with salt and bring to boil over a medium flame. Stick a wooden spoon in the saucepan so the chutney will not boil over. Cook chutney for 20-30 minutes, stirring often, till thick like tomato sauce. Pour chutney into a glass bottle. Cool. Keep aside till needed.
Make the chaat when you are ready to eat.
Halve avocados. Using a knife make vertical and horizontal cuts. Use a spoon to scoop out avocado into a bowl.
Scatter bhel mix and sliced green Chile over avocados.
Drizzle 3-5 teaspoons of tamarind chutney.
Squeeze juice of half lime over the avocados.
Garnish with cilantro leaves and dig in!