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5 must-have ingredients to throw a street-food party

Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
30 March 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of irresistible food? Undoubtedly, it has to be “Street food”. Isn’t it? Everyone has a craving for these foods, and parties are more exciting with these foods on the menu. They are spicy, tangy, delicious, and full of flavour, perfect for all generations. We have list down 5 must-have ingredients that will help you throw a memorable street-food party.

Besan

Peanuts: Do you know this ingredient is used in a variety of Indian street food? It not only tastes good but it is also healthy. Peanuts are rich in protein, fat and an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. These include biotin, copper, niacin, folate, manganese, vitamin E, thiamine, phosphorus and magnesium. Peanuts can be used in many forms - raw, roasted or boiled. You can use it in a variety of dishes like Dabeli, Bhel, and Chutney. Try to use raw peanuts as they will easily blend with your spices.



Besan: It is one of the common ingredients that has secured its place in every kitchen. Whether you have street food craving or love for a healthy diet, Besan is always a must. Starting from Besan ka Cheela to crispy fried pakodas or from Dhokla to Vada Pav, there are ample ways in which you can use gram flour. Besan is also full of vitamins and minerals. It is a low-GI food, high in fibre, and also contains higher protein than wheat flour. If you are making pakoras for your party, try Tata Sampann Pakoda mix made with a blend of besan made from 100% unpolished chana dal, rice flour and authentic spices.



Chana: Chhole or Kabuli Chana is used in almost every street food. Whether it is Samosa Chaat, Tikki Chaat, Mattar Kulcha, or Masala Chana Chaat, this ingredient is light and can be easily adapted with different ingredients. Kabuli chana is also a healthy ingredient as it is a good source of important vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, folate and the vitamin A precursor β-carotene. Chickpeas are also high in protein and fibre which makes it a filling food which can help lower appetite and reduce calorie intake. As chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, its health benefits include weight management and bone health.

Pudina: Also known as Mint is used for garnishing or adding flavour in street food. It can be used as fresh or dried, whole or chopped for making dishes like Mint chutney, Rasam, Sambar or can be used for garnishing Chaat, Bhel, Curries, and Jaljeera, etc. Chutney made with mint, hung curd, spices and herbs is often served with chaat items. Mint contains fair amounts of several nutrients and is a good source of vitamin A and antioxidants.

Black Salt: To make street food dishes more delicious, use Tata Black Salt as it has a unique tangy taste. It also helps in digesting these street food dishes. These pink salt crystals are rich in essential minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium as well.

What is your favourite secret ingredient that enhances the flavor of your homemade street food dishes? Tell us in the comments below.



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