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#Versatile: Bread Channa Baskets

As mother to a toddler, my brain consistently works on presenting food in a colourful, creative, funny way to my son.

You either recreate all those Disney characters in dosas and parathas or add a story to make Mr. Spinach and Mrs. Broccoli super foods.

Bread Channa Chaat is a simple, delicious and healthy recipe for kids and adults and is incredibly versatile: it could be a party appetiser or a nice addition to your kid’s lunchbox. 

Ingredients:

The Bread Basket

6 thick slices of either white or brown bread

Butter

Channa Chaat:

1 Cup – Boiled Channa
1 Onion finely chopped
1 Tomato finely chopped
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
2 teaspoons Chilli powder
1 tablespoon Channa Masala
½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
2 teaspoons of Oil
Salt to taste

Method:

For the Bread Basket:

1.    Trim the edges and cut the bread slices into circular shape.
2.    Slightly roll out the bread circles and straighten them.
3.    Add butter on both the sides of the bread.
4.    Press them gently into the muffin pans.
5.    Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius and bake the bread for 11-13 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
6.    Set aside to cool.

For the Channa Masala/Channa Chaat:

1.    Add oil in a pan and once hot, add cumin seeds.
2.    Add the chopped onions and sauté for 2 minutes.  Then add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.
3.    Add the chopped tomatoes and fry them till they get cooked nicely.
4.    Now add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and channa masala powder and mix well.  Add the boiled channa along with ¼ cup of water and let it boil for 5 – 10 mins.
5.    Try and avoid a gravy-like consistency, boiling until a little dry.  Garnish with chopped coriander.

Fill each bread basket with a spoon of channa masala.  Top up with chopped onions, sev and more coriander leaves.

Note: Unleash your creativity and bring out variations in the above.  Fill the bread basket with all those vegetables you wanted your children to eat – paneer, capsicum, cheese, egg bhurji, pav bhaji masala or even that sweet corn salad.

{module Sharmilee Sriram – Author }

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