Chaat, A colorful fusion of taste

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Chaat, A colorful fusion of taste


The chaat variants are all based on fried dough, with various other ingredients. The original chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crisp fried bread dahi vada or dahi bhalla, gram or chickpeas and tangy-salty spices, with sour Indian chili and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), fresh green coriander leaves and yogurt for garnish, but other popular variants included aloo tikkis or samosa (garnished with onion, coriander, hot spices and a dash of curd), bhel puri, dahi puri, panipuri, dahi vada, papri chaat, and sev puri.

There are common elements among these variants including dahi (yogurt); chopped onions and coriander; Sev (thin dried yellow salty noodles); and chaat masala, typically consisting of amchoor (dried mango powder), cumin, Kala Namak (rock salt), coriander, dried ginger, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. The ingredients are combined and served on a small metal plate or a banana leaf, dried and formed into a bowl.

Can you believe that this excessively common street food originated right from Shah Jahan’s kitchen? Yes, the Mughals too had a slight inclination to the sweet & sour world. A North Indian Cuisine, chaat has evolved to various new forms – Dahi Puri, Bhel puri, Paani puri can be thus considered as cousins of this tangy treat.

Well whether it’s the crispy combo or the mouthwatering blend of sweet & sour, we certainly are in love with this colorful fusion of tastes.













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