Seasoned Puffed Rice and Cucumber Salad - a Gluten-Free Healthy Snack / Kakdi Bhel/ काकडी भेळ

How to Make Cucumber Chaat / Seasoned Puffed Rice Salad / Kakdi Bhel
Hello Foodies,
      Cucumber Chaat/Kakdi Bhel is a total classic and a popular side dish. This classic recipe is made with fresh cucumbers, seasoned puffed rice, onions, fresh and homemade tangy, spicy and sweet sauces, and a handful of other ingredients for a seasoning that everyone will love. It’s light, refreshing, and easy to make. 
       There are different versions of Bhel that you might find, one having a dry and crunchy version, the other being a wet and less crunchy version. There are slight variations out there, of course, but this version is my favorite. A wet version would have a sauce made with date, tamarind, mint, salt, red chilly powder, and coriander. Both tamarind-date and green/mint sauce can also be commonly found in Indian Chaat dishes. It is a perfect snack or stater for picnics, pot lucks, or parties. 

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         Whether you grew up on eating Indian chaats or are trying it for the first time, you’re sure to love the flavor in this easy cucumber chaat! It is such a simple chaat, yet it’s packed with so much flavor. 
          Tamarind gives the vinaigrette a tart boost and puffed rice and cucumber brings crisp, vibrant, and delicious color to the plate. Seasoned puffed rice, is a low-fat, nutritious, and delicious food. It is a chaat, which is a spicy food that is typically sold via street carts throughout the region. It’s actually just a variation on eating cereal for breakfast. As such, this is a very easy and quick recipe. You can be snacking on this in no time.

Here are some Best and Refreshing Indian Chaat/Snacks recipes to try:

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes.

  • In a bowl add bhadang(seasoned puffed rice), papdi, chopped onion, khara boondi, coriander leaves, red chili powder, salt, sev, and cucumber and mix all well. 
  • Now pour green chutney, date-tamarind chutney, mix well and here Cucumber Chaat or Kakdi Bhel is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

What kind of Onion should I use?
  • Red, yellow, and white onions are perfect for eating raw.
  • Be sure to slice them as thinly as you can.

What are some other variations on this recipe?
  • You can add tomatoes, beetroot, chickpeas, black beans, peppers, and pineapple chunks.
  • Leave the skins on the cucumbers for more color and crunch
  • You can totally omit the onion.
  • Substitute another fresh herb in place of the cilantro(e.g. dill, fresh mint or basil).

Good Time To Eat:
        It's good to eat cucumber bhel or cucumber chaat as an evening snack.
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