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    Craving a ‘chatpata’ snack? This chaat recipe has a perfect punch of taste and protein

    By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 11, 2023

    Cravings don’t always have to be satisfied with something sweet. Sometimes, you long for the saltiness, sourness, or spiciness of different foods. But satisfying your cravings doesn’t mean compromising on your health. You can prepare a healthy snack that checks all the boxes!

    Shivani Bavalekar, a Senior Executive Nutritionist at Cloudnine Group of Hospitals in Navi Mumbai, has shared a special healthy snack recipe with Health Shots.

    “This recipe will not only curb your chat cravings but also provide a good protein boost to your meal. It’s especially beneficial for pregnant women,” says Bavalekar.

    Healthy Snack Recipe: How to Make Moong Dal Tikki Chat


    • 3/4th cup Yellow moong dal
    • 2 tbsp Poha
    • 2 tbsp Curd
    • 2-4 Green and red chillies
    • 1 tsp Kasuri methi
    • 1 tsp Amchur powder
    • 1 tsp Garam masala
    • 1 tsp Black pepper
    • 1-2 tsp Lemon juice
    • Salt, as per taste
    • 1 tbsp Tamarind chutney
    • 1 tbsp Green chutney
    • 1 tbsp Oil
    • 1 tsp Ghee
    • 1-2 cups Water
    • Fresh coriander, for garnishing


    1. Wash the yellow moong dal thoroughly and soak it for 30 minutes.
    2. Boil water in a pot and add the soaked dal. Cook it for 15-20 minutes.
    3. Strain the dal and let it cool. Once cooled, grind it coarsely.
    4. Transfer the dal to a vessel and add green chilies, red chilies, kasuri methi, amchur powder, garam masala, black pepper, fresh coriander, fresh mint, lemon juice, and salt to taste.
    5. In a separate pan, take soaked poha, add curd and the moong dal mixture to it.
    6. Mix well, add ghee, and knead until you achieve a binding consistency.
    7. Shape the mixture into small circular tikkis and shallow fry them until golden brown on medium heat.
    8. Place the moong dal tikkis on a plate and mash them. Pour tamarind chutney, green chutney, and curd over them.
    9. Enjoy this homemade healthy chat during the monsoon season.

    Enjoy these tikkis that provide the optimal balance of taste and nutrition.

    Know the Benefits of Moong Dal

    Yellow moong dal is one of the lightest lentils and can be used in various ways in your diet. It is a staple in Indian households. Here are some reasons why you should include yellow moong dal in your diet through healthy recipes like soup, dal, and tikki!

    1. Weight Loss

    Yes, moong dal is great for weight loss. Clinical nutritionist Lovneet Batra suggests that it can help reduce belly fat.

    Also, read: Try out this baked beetroot tikki recipe to get the best of taste and nutrition

    2. High in Protein and Fiber

    Yellow moong dal is packed with protein and fiber, making any recipe made with it highly satiating. It stimulates the release of the satiety hormone cholecystokinin, which helps keep cravings at bay.

    3. Digestion

    Due to its light nature and insoluble fiber content, yellow moong dal can help combat constipation and promote healthy digestion.

    Eat the right foods for better digestive health.

    4. Nutrient-Rich

    Yellow moong dal is not only a great source of protein and fiber, but it also contains potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, folate, and various vitamins. This makes it an ideal food for vegetarians.

    5. Diabetes-Friendly

    Yellow moong dal has a low glycemic index and is made up of complex carbohydrates, making it suitable for people with diabetes. It doesn’t cause a significant increase in blood sugar levels.

    Now that you know the benefits of yellow moong dal, why not try out the healthy snack recipe we just suggested and explore more recipes too?

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