Thursday, April 3, 2014

Homemade Sprouts And Sprouts Chaat Papdi

Sprouts Chaat
I hate doing dishes. I have friends who find standing in front of the kitchen sink, rinsing one plate after the other, gently rubbing the edges of spoons and forks with a dish scrub and then arranging them neatly in the dish washer, "therapeutic". I don't. I love those friends and wish they would come home more often, but I do not like washing those dishes. If I wasn't mother of a four year old girl who I desperately wanted to impress everyday, secretly hoping she would "wanna be like mommy", I would not look at that kitchen sink for weeks. I would keep throwing dirty dishes in there one after the other until they begin to fall off. But I cannot do that for given reasons, so I do my dishes, on time. It was one of those mornings when all these thoughts were cluttering my mind. While I was clearing up the kitchen sink and rubbing the inside of my stainless steel sauce pan with all the aggression I had in me, my phone beeped. Another beep after a few seconds and then a few more. By the time my sink was squeaky clean I had several tweets, Facebook messages and emails congratulating me of Indian Simmer making a cut at the Best Food Blog Awards 2014 hosted by Saveur Magazine. I was in utter disbelief for a while! But now I feel honored and thankful and I need your help. See that new shiny badge on the right? Please click on that and help Indian Simmer with your votes. It will only take a couple minutes but will mean the world to me. Thank you!

Sprouts Chat
Not sure if its my honest effort to change things or just a general interest to follow the "trend" but we have been trying to eat healthier lately. Well, we never liked frequenting the fast-food joints or ever drowned our diet in sugar but I guess it just sounds cool to say "eating healthy" so we are doing more of that. Anyway there's a lot of smoothie, raw food and sprouts business going on around here. In the same spirit a couple months back I did a 3 day cleanse (another cool word people have been slapping around lately) and was blown away with what it did to my tummy, brain and skin. Mainly skin! That gave me a kick. Carrying that on to the blog, today I am sharing with you a rather basic recipe along with a very common practice in Indian kitchen, soaking your own beans and making your own sprouts at home. We Indians have to put a little chili and masala in everything so I had to do the same with my sprouts too. So I picked a world famous Indian street food, Dahi Papdi Chaat and filled the crispy fried balls with spicy sprouts mix and kicking it up a few more notches with some tangy chutneys. But lets begin with the basics first:
Homemade Sprouts
I used dried mung bean. You can use any dried bean of your choice. Soak the beans in water for at least 6 hours or overnight. Drain soaking water. Then in order to sprout the beans I use two methods:
Homemade Sprouts
a) Transfer soaked beans into a mason jar. Cover it with a cloth. Lie it down on a plate and place in dark for up to a day. b) Transfer soaked beans into a damp clean cloth. Bring all the corners of the cloth together. Tie. Place in a bowl or dish. Cover the bowl and place in dark for up to a day.
Homemade Sprouts
Open next day and enjoy your sprouts.
Homemade Sprouts
Longer you keep them away, longer the sprouts will get. Although I'd suggest not doing it for more than 2 days.
Sprouts Salad
For my Chaat Papdi I mixed the sprouts with onion, tomato, chili, a couple herbs and spices.
Ingredients: For Sprouts Chaat Papdi (Serves 2-3)
1 cup sprouts (follow the instructions above or just used store bought)
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup cherry tomato, chopped (optional)
2 thai green chili or jalapeno pepper, minced (optional although recommended)
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chaat masala
12-15 crispy puri (find any local Indian or ethnic store)
tamarind chutney, per taste (recipe follows)
Spiced yogurt, per taste (recipe follows)
Hot green cilantro chutney, per taste

For Tamarind Chutney:
4 tablespoon seedless tamarind
1 1/2 cups water
3-4 tablespoon jaggery (can substitute with dark brown sugar)
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 teaspoon nigella
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 bay leaf

Soak tamarind in water for a couple hours. Use warm water to speed up the process.
Once soft mash tamarind in water and then strain through a strainer. Collect pulp in a bowl.
Heat oil in a sauce pan. Add dry spices. As they sputter add tamarind pulp. Stir. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low. Add jaggery. Let the mixture reduce for 8-10 minutes until jaggery dissolves in the tamarind chutney and thickens it in the process.
Turn heat off. Let cool. Store in an airtight jar in a cool dry place for upto a week.

For Spiced Yogurt:
1/2 cup thick plain yogurt
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together.

Assembling Sprouts Chaat Papdi:
In a bowl mix together sprouts, onion, tomato, chili, salt, cilantro, mint and chaat masala. Set aside.
Poke holes on one side of the crispy puri. Make sure not to poke through the other side.
Fill with sprouts salad. Drizzle the chutneys per taste. Serve as an appetizer with choice of drink. Makes a great hot day snack.


  1. This looks so yum!!! And so healthy.. Great recipe Prerna

  2. I can have chat in any form...this is soo inviting ... My mum used to give us moong filling for pani puri!

  3. Colorful, healthy and scrumptious! This combination is fantastic.



  4. congratulations dear..i was so happy to see you nominated :) i sprout my mung beans as well and makes such nice salad..i love the idea of papdi. im curious to as to what kind of cleanse you did because i could really use some help esp with skin.

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  5. You know you got my vote, darling! And gosh am I loving this recipe. Such vibrant flavors... and so refreshing.

  6. Not surprised by your Saveur nomination at all! And do I have to say you have my vote?! I love love sprouted beans and eating it the chaat way because well what isn't better as a chaat! my diet lately has been accommodating of everything I'm shooting. While I was shooting smoothies, I promise I felt like a champ, drinking smoothies for every meal :O and then urgh, guess what I shot? CAKES. And guess what I had for lunch? xx

  7. Love Love Love your pictures and recipes!!! The green moong sprouts up so much life on the picture!!

  8. The colours are really popping at me, P. Love the recipe and of course, I will vote for you xo

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  10. Looks absolutely stunning and delicious.. amazing clicks too!!

  11. I love pani puri - not sure why this is called something else - maybe you can enlighten me. They look so delicious. Voted btw :)

  12. I did some homemade mung bean sprouts last year too. So crunchy and tasty. This looks fabulous!

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  14. Great recipe! I was reading your post on Dahi Vadas and wondered if you have the recipe for your mother's matthris and for the accompanying mango relish..... :-)

  15. Healthy and tasty. Many congratulations for the nomination. You truly deserve it.

  16. Congrats!! You are so awesome and very well deserved :)

  17. looks so yummy.i love chaat papdi.

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  19. Congratulations! Your photos are beautiful and your recipes so interesting and good.
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  20. OMG this looks so delicious!!

    I attempted something like this before but my moong didn't really sprout. Did you use hot or cold water? I know it's possible because my mom used to do it too but I just couldn't. I ended up waiting days and days and had to throw it away eventually. Let me know if you can help!

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  21. This looks amazing! I have to try this.

  22. That's a great dish. Best way to enjoy evenings with Indian street food made at home. Do visit - Your guide to the Indian Experience

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  24. This sounds and looks so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.



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