Chaats are my favourite snacks that I love to make it fresh at home and eat. Generally varieties of chaats are sold by street vendors in India and are the most popular snacks among the old and the young especially the kids. They love popping in the spicy and tangy pani pooris or gol gappas into their mouth without any guilt.
They are just yum and delicious having a medley of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors together. To eat any chaat, one doesn’t see for a specific time or season. It’s just the crave and temptation that we get with the aroma and fragrance of chaat lingering around the street vendors.
Chaat dishes are easy and quick to prepare and will satisfy your craving for evening snacks. Chaat is an assorted savory snack and popular street food in cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and few North Indian states. It has also found a place in most upscale Indian restaurants, weddings and occasions.
Chaat masala is a mix of spices consisting of amchur (dried mango powder), cumin seeds, black salt, coriander, dried ginger, fennel seeds, black pepper and red pepper. Chaat masala is the prerequisite for a preparing a tasty, delectable and tangy Chaat. Other popular ingredient is the black salt, also commonly known as Kala namak, one of the main ingredients in this spice blend. Black salt has a distinctive taste and flavour and is difficult to duplicate. It is high in minerals.
A classic authentic chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crispy fried bread, gram beans and spices mixed together and sprinkled with a dash of lemon juice and garnished with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves and thin variety of sev puri sprinkled over.
Amazingly there are a variety of popular Chaat varieties that include Aloo ki tikki (mashed potatoes garnished with onion, coriander, hot spices and dash of curd), Usal Pav, Sev puri, Dahi puri, Dahi vada and many more. The common elements used for preparing most of the chaats are yogurt or dahi, green chutney, sweet chutney, chopped onion, finely chopped coriander leaves, sev (small dried yellow noodles) and chaat masala. Chaat are popularly eaten at snack time or also as a light food especially liked by kids for their explicit flavor.
Different chutneys impart sweet, spicy or tangy taste and hence become the vital ingredient to most of the chaat recipes. Two of the popular chutneys that I love to include in my chaats are chaat green chutney made with coriander leaves and green chillies and the dark purple sweet chutney made with dates and tamarind.
Here are some of my favourite and popular chaat recipes that I love to make them fresh for me, family and friends. I am also sharing the same recipes with you all and wish you all also try them at home so that your kids too will get some sweet, spicy and tangy fresh snacks to eat whenever they wish to.
Pani pani poori The Pani (water) that is eaten with the puri is actually flavored water. Pani in hindi means water. Pani puri is one of the most popular street chaat dish liked by one and all. The water is prepared by combining few spices and poured into the puri stuffed with any of your favorite concoctions.
Poori pani poori Pani puri is also commonly known as Gol guppa, Gupchup. The puri is a small fried crisp ball shaped made of flour and semolina. The hollow puri is slightly crushed on the top and filled with a little of mashed potatoes, chopped onions and sweet chutney, yoghurt then dipped in a chilled mint flavoured tangy water, and eaten as a whole, in one mouthful.
Bhel Puri Bhelpuri is a very popular dish made of puffed rice, potatoes and a variety of spicy sauces. The Bhelpuri can be prepared as you like with many variations in it. Bhelpuri is a famous Indian Chaat particularly available near the beaches of Mumbai. People love to eat Bhelpuri near the beaches facing the waves gushing towards them. It’s a real thrilling experience of enjoying your Bhel. Bhelpuri is also famous at Bangalore and commonly called as Churu muri whereas in Kolkata is known as Jhal Muri.
Dahi Puri Dahipuri, or Dahi puri, is an Indian snack which is especially popular in the state of Maharashtra. The dish is a form of chaat and originates from the city of Mumbai. The round, hard, puffy puri shell is first broken on top and partially filled with the main stuffing of mashed potatoes or chickpeas. A small amount of haldi powder or chilli powder, or both, may be added for taste, as well as a pinch of salt. Sweet tamarind chutneyand spicy green chutney are then poured into the shell, on top of the stuffing. Finally, sweetened beaten yoghurt is generously poured over the shell, and the finished product is garnished with sprinklings of crushed sev, moong dal and finely chopped coriander leaves.
Papdi Chaat Papdi chaat is one of the all time favorites and prepared with variety of toppings. The papdi are placed in the plate and a bed of aromatic sweet, tangy and savory chutneys, mashed potatoes, tomatoes, onions, sev, and the sweet yoghurt spread over them along with sprinkle of chaat masala and chilli powder. Wow! Mouth’s watering. It’s a true comfort food, delicious and economical too. We should appreciate the chaat walas for their creative skills in presenting the papdi chaat to us.
Papdi for Papdi Chaat
Samosa Chaat Samosa Chaat is a popular Indian savory snack available in several variations. It is spicy, tangy and sweet popular street food in India. Samosa Chaat is served by adding a plate full of peas or chole masala, mashed samosa with freshly cut veggie toppings and a dash of lemon goodness.
Ragda Patties Ragda Patties is made with potato cutlets/ patties served in a spicy peas gravy and topped with assortment of chutneys and garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
Pav-bread for pavbajji Pav is small savoury bread. It is hand-sized or smaller domed shaped with a flat bottom. Pav is eaten with a bhajji or subzi prepared of a potato based curry garnished with coriander and chopped onions.
Bhaji for pavbhaji Bhaji for pav bhaji is a spicy vegetable stew that you sop up with the soft small breads tossed in butter. This is a very popular Maharashtrian fast food dish that originated in Mumbai cuisine. The bhaji is spicy preparation with a mixture of vegetables, mashed, added with a generous dose of fresh tomatoes and dollop of butter. It is eaten with warm bread gently or crispy fried in butter.
Dahi Bhalla Dahi bhalla is prepared of fried black gram dumplings served with spicy yoghurt and few types of chutney. Dahi bhalla is more refreshing than the other chaats because of the combination of the sweetness of yoghurt and the savory bhallas that just melt away into the mouth.
Spicy Sweet Corn Chaat Spicy sweet corn chaat is an exceptional and healthy spicy chaat recipe ideal to be eaten during the monsoon time. It’s an easy snack which you can prepare quickly.
Jhal Muri Spicy Puffed Rice Salad Jhal Muri is the ubiquitous chaat for all the people who love eating chaat in Kolkata. It tastes quite very similar to the bhel puri made in Mumbai. Jhal muri is spicy chatpata puffed rice salad.
Aloo Channa Chaat Aloo channa chaat is one such awesome chaat which is very simple to prepare, fresh and refreshing to eat. It is a dish that is very flavourful combined with merging of boiled potato cubes, chickpeas, onions, tomato, coriander leaves spiced with chili and pepper powder; flavoured with good amount of chaat masala and a dash of lemon juice added to give that extra kick.
Chaat sweet tamarind chutney Chaat sweet tamarind chutney is a sweet and sour recipe made with tamarind and sweetened with jaggery. This quick sweet chutney has the perfect balance of flavours of sweet and sour using sugar and tamarind. A whole new dimension is added to the flavour of this chutney by the use of chaat masala, which make this chutney a truly delicious accompaniment with any kind of snacks like samosa, pakoda etc
Chaat green chutney Chaat green chutney in simple and easy to prepare made with aromatic herbs like fresh coriander leaves, mint leaves (pudina), onion, sugar, salt spiced with green chilies and addition of lemon juice enhances the flavours of mint and coriander.
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