Egg chop is a lip smacking deep-fried snack option. It is made from boiled egg and boiled potatoes. I first time had egg-chop in Varanasi where it is available on almost on all the egg stalls so you can easily get your hands on it. These deep fried ball shaped chops are bound to attract you. Whenever I am in Varanasi, I try to relish kachoris, samosas, chaats, sweets and yes…egg-chop. The mention of egg-chops makes me nostalgic and I start missing Banaras. It’s very popular in Bengal too by the name of “Dimer Chop or Egg Devil”. I read that they make it in two ways either the egg is coated with mashed potatoes or minced meat. If you love eggs like me then do check this recipe of Egg Pepper Fry.
Egg chop is one of my favorite snack and must-have item when I am in Varanasi. The egg chops topped with green coriander chutney, chopped onion and some chaat masala sprinkled over it tastes simply amazing. It is very easy to make and you can be served to your egg-e-terian guests too. It’s a hit item for the kid’s tiffin box also. You can make some changes in the recipe like making the mashed potatoes more or less spicy as per your preference. However, to give it more crispy texture people roll the chops in bread crumbs before frying since I was not having crumbs prepared so I added cornflour to the potato mixture which acted as a binding agent during frying. I strongly feel that the green coriander chutney enhances the taste of these chops. Will be sharing the recipe of green coriander chutney on the blog.
Do give it a try and let me know your feedback or how you make it in your home. If you try this recipe and post it on Instagram don’t forget to tag @savorytales.
Chana Dal Fara is another popular dish of UP and Bihar. I posted the Kala Chana Ghugni recipe earlier and hope to post more regional cuisine recipes. Fara is also called gojha or peetha in different parts of the state. It is a gujiya shaped steamed lentil stuffed dumplings. There are two variations of fara or gojha, one is made with wheat flour and another one with rice flour. At my place, we prefer to make the wheat flour fara. We use soaked chana dal mixed with some spices as stuffing and stuff it in poori sized fara shells.
Its pouring in Mumbai and my cravings for garma- garam bhajiya with adrak wali chai was already on its peak when I decided to keep aside my healthy eating idea and decided to stuff myself with some crispy and piping hot bhajiyas or pakoras. I love and also miss all the varieties of pakoras be it moong dal, channa dal, potato or onion made by mom and how much I enjoyed it with the green, tamarind and tomato sauce too. Moong dal pakora being one of my favorite is also very popular in Mumbai and is easily available with any street-food vendor. I love the texture of moong dal bhajiya, this deep fried bhajiya is crispy from outside, soft and porous from inside.
Who doesn’t love piping hot Momos or Dumplings or Wontons served with fiery schezwan sauce or spicy tomato garlic chutney? Momos is one of my favorite street food and I crave for it often. You can find many street food vendors in Delhi or Mumbai also selling these steaming hot beauties. Every new place has a unique taste and there are so many variations now available like tandoori momos, fried momos, etc. I prefer the steamed version as it is more healthy compared to the fried ones. My recipe is inspired by the chicken momos recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor but I have modified it a bit by adding whole wheat flour to avoid the all purpose flour. So, follow this chicken momos recipe step by step and make your family and loved ones happy with these Nepali delicacies.
Khaman Dhokla is one of my comfort snacks option. I can enjoy it in breakfast or as evening snacks as well. The soft, fluffy and spongy texture wins my heart every time I have it. If you are looking out for some healthy and quick options to have you can definitely add it to the list as it is steamed, therefore, it is healthy and you can eliminate or modify the tempering as per your need. Even if you do not add oil or sugar water you can still enjoy it.
I like to have it with green coriander chutney along with a cup of tea. Sponginess is the main thing to make perfect dhoklas. Therefore, you should air the mixture well by mixing it before adding the fruit salt. If you try out this recipe do share your feedback or pics with me. Tag me in your Insta – savorytales, FB – savorytales or Twitter- savory_tales posts.