The Beer Snack Series # 1 - Roasted Nuts Chaat

“Yes, you love beer,
And that’s no mystery to me,
But the snacks devoured
Must also be just supreme.
A night of celebration
Without bites you can eye,
Is as half-hearted as
A hello without goodbye....

(to be continued...)

Beer snacks aren't hard to make. Just use potatoes, meat, hot sauce, lots of cheese and fry some or all of it ...and people will be happy. Now I have made hot dogs, eggplant sliders, chicken tikka and tons of other guzzle-friendly treats before, but there is something special about munching on guilty pleasures like fried nuts, chips, nachos and such! They are a perfect addiction aren't they? So, ofcourse, I had to re-create them.

Here is part 1 of a 3-part series of beer snacks. Healthier, but bites you would enjoy just as much (or so I hope!)

1/3 cup roasted chickpeas
1/3 cup unsalted peanuts
1/3 cup roasted green peas
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped (optional – reduce to 1 for less spice)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon chat masala
¼ teaspoon red chili powder
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add the chickpeas, peanuts, curry powder, red chili powder, salt & pepper and sauté the chickpeas till slightly browned. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.