As a part of my Ramadan Nutrition Series for Masala Mommas, I am sharing a recipe that is a twist on the traditional South Asian dish at the iftar table, cholay chaat. Cholay, also known as chickpeas, are a great food to have at iftar because they are high in protein and fibre, which helps you feel full and satisfied. This also means that you don’t have to give up your traditional South Asian foods if you are trying to eat healthy!
What makes this cholay chaat special is that they are spooned into individual pastry cups made from phyllo pastry. Phyllo pastry provides a crunchy texture so you can pass on the deep fried items. Using phyllo pastry is a lower fat, light alternative to puff pastry or deep fried dough items.
As fancy as this dish looks, it is simple to make! You can make the cholay and the phyllo pastry cups in advance and assemble right before serving. If you don’t want to make the phyllo pastry cups, you can also make the cholay chaat and serve it on its own.