Monday, October 09, 2006


Background (from Wikipedia):

Chaat is a word used across India and the rest of South Asia to refer to small plates of savory snacks, typically served at the side of the road from stalls or carts. Most chaat originated in North India, but they are now eaten across the country.

Some believe that the chaat in Delhi is the best in the world, but other regions in India have their own styles, and would dispute that claim. In each major Indian city, there are popular chaathouses or dhabas, such as Mumbai's Chowpatty Beach and Bangalore's Hot Chips, and Gangotree.


1 ½ cup chickpeas soaked overnight and boiled
Mint leaves
Lime juice
Salt and pepper
4 medium potatoes
1-2 onion cumin seeds
Coriander seeds
Black cardamom
Lemon juice
Papri/tortilla shells
Chaat masala
Plain yoghurt
Green chutney
Tamarind chutney


Finely chop mint leaves and coriander. Dice green onion and red onion. Add to chickpeas, then add chillies, lemon juice, salt, and pepper for taste.

Boil potatoes until cooked (should not be too soft but cooked) peel and let cool. Cut potatoes into cubes.

Heat oil in a frying pan and add cumin seeds, black cardamom seed , coriander seeds, onion, green chillies and sauté. Add potatoes and fry until crispy add lemon juice and let cool.

Heat vegetable oil in deep fryer. Cut papri or tortilla shells into strips and then diagonally across to make bite size pieces add to heated oil and fry until golden brown. Place in large metal strainer.

Arrange cooked tortilla into plate add potato mixture on top followed by the chickpea mixture top with yoghurt, green chutney, tamarind chutney, chaat masala and garnish with remaining coriander.


Abhimanyu Sahai said...

"but other regions in India have their own styles, and would dispute that claim"

That is like Italian pizzas vs Pizza Hut et al.. but Lucknow certainly does dispute that claim! In Lucknow, where much of my family lives, we frequently call a chaatwaalah to the house! And he doles out tikkis after tikkis of crispness swathed in fresh creamy dahi and simple imli chutney.

Many happy returns of the day from asahai.blogspot!

Reshma Sanyal said...

OMG, you are from one of those Lucknavi families, which have their own chaatwaallah and halwaai. Very impressive, I have seen such households only in films, old havelis with pigeons on the roof.

Thanks for the wishes.

Anonymous said...

hey, my first time here and am I glad, woman!!!! Thanks so much, always looking for something to feed my hungry husband.. he he.

But the pics make me miserable :(