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Second Time’s The Chawt

Breathe new life into your leftovers with this flexible and flavorful chawt recipe.

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Photo: David Lenker (Flickr)

Not sure what to do with all of this week's CSA share? Make chawt!

Chawt is a favorite snack in India. Since you can make it with almost anything, the dish is especially good for recycling leftovers.

I love making and baking chawt with home-baked bread and whatever vegetables I have around. Here is a quick and simple recipe.

Bread Chawt

Ingredients

  • 1/2 loaf whole-wheat bread
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red/yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 pinch tumeric

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Break bread into small pieces, and mix in all the other ingredients except cilantro and oil/butter.
  3. Grease a baking tray with oil or butter, place chawt on the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy!

Rama Cousik

Rama Cousik grew up in India, watching and helping her mom cook. The taste, the texture, and the way she feels when she eats seasonal vegetables and fruits are indescribable. Hence, no matter where she lives, the idea of seasonal food is an essential part of her food philosophy.

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